I’m bitter about the Super Bowl.

You see, it was supposed to be our year. As a Colts fan and Indiana resident, this was supposed to be our Super Bowl. When Indianapolis was announced as the Super Bowl city for 2012, us Colts fans had all these fantastically ideal pictures of a home game Super Bowl. Lucas Oil Stadium packed to the gills with fan decked out head-to-toe in blue and screaming at the top of their lungs. Our beloved Peyton throwing touchdown pass after touchdown pass. Streets filled with celebratory Hoosiers. As soon as it was announced, I turned to Babyface and said, “We are going to that game. No ifs, ands, or buts.”

And then this happened. And we ended the season 2-14. Didn’t even come close to making the playoffs (for uh, the first time in 10 years). I guess it is the Football Gods’ way of balancing out the game. Because a Peyton Manning-led Colts in the Super Bowl in Indianapolis just wouldn’t have been fair. Sigh.

So, I’m bitter and obviously, not nearly as excited. But at least now, instead of being stressed about the game, I can focus on the second most important part of the Super Bowl—the food. Here are a few of the healthier foods from around the internet I’m thinking about make for our Super Bowl wake party (I also threw in a few of my game-friendly dishes).

Oh, and because a Manning is better than no Manning….GOOOOOOOO GIANTS!

Oven-Fried Ravioli

Buffalo Chicken Bites

Jalepeno Cheddar Hummus

Sour Cream, Chive & Bacon Kale Chips

Honey Bourbon Pulled Chicken

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

Lighter Mexican Layer Dip

Twice-Baked Bar Nuts

Spicy Vegetable and Gouda Stromboli

Butternut Squash Ooo-ee Goo-ee Brownies


Caprese Sticks

Beer-Boiled Peel and Eat Shrimp

Baked Coconut Chicken Strips

P.S. Want to make game day truly healthy? Skip the halftime show (really, Madonna? Blech.) and go out for a nighttime stroll. Most folks will be indoors watching the game so it should be a nice, calm and relaxing walk around the neighborhood. If you aren’t keen on walking in the dark, avoid watching the 6 hours of pre-game coverage and set up your own touch football game before kick-off. You’ll work up an appetite for all the yumminess to come!

Alright, what’s the verdict? Pats, Giants, just in it for the commercials, or really don’t give two hoots?

I’ll never EVER cheer for the Pats. Us Colts fans have a special package of rage just for the Patriots. Don’t expect Indy to be a friendly place for you on game day, New Englanders. Colts fan for life. Giants fan for two weeks.

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  1. Love your blog…dislike your choice of football teams. 🙂 As a Massachusetts girl, I am Pats all the way!! My husband even got our daughter who when she was 2 last year to answer this question…”what do we think about Peyton Manning?” And she would reply “Painting Manning eeewww!” It was hysterical that she called him Painting. She even told me one day that “yucky Painting Manning” was the one who messed up her playroom so she didn’t have to pick it up because it was that “mess-makers fault.”

  2. Boston girl born and raised! GO PATRIOTS!!!

    Thanks for all the yummy treat ideas to munch while watching the Giants get Gronked! 🙂

  3. Could not really care less since the Packers lost, but I’ll root for the Giants just because I dislike Tom Brady. 🙂

    1. I’m amazed by how many people are rooting against the Pats just because they dislike Tom Brady. For a guy that is supposedly gorgeous and famous, he’s not all that well-liked.