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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Super Bowl is the biggest game of the year in football, but what would it be without some big calorie food?

Some of us eat two or three days worth of calories on Super Sunday.

Americans will consume more than a billion chicken wings. About 6,000 tons of nachos will be eaten, and 32 percent of people plan to dip chips.

So what will it take to burn all that junk food off? We need to be whipped into super shape.

Hannah Cross from HealthPartners provided us with some tips for staying healthy despite all the treats on Super Bowl Sunday.

You could go for the celery and maybe the carrots, but no, we go for the chicken wing like most Americans, who will eat an estimated one billion wings during the game.

“Yep, it’s good on the lips but not so good on the hips,” Carlson said.

The average buffalo wing has 72 calories, and that’s in just one wing. To burn that off, you’ll need to run a full football field 12 times.

“You want to feel good about what you’re doing at the end of the day right?” Carlson asked.

Eat a full plate of nachos and you’ll need to run around the football field 79 times to burn those calories. Another option might be jumping jacks, but for an hour straight, to get rid of the average 470 calories that are in a six ounce serving of nachos.

Two tablespoons of cheese dip, without the chips, is about 80 calories. That means you have to do squats for about 15 minutes to burn that off.

“Next time you can save yourself the effort and just have some healthier options instead,” Carlson said.

Our health coach recommended fish fingers instead of wings, shredded chicken quesadillas with whole wheat tortillas instead of nachos or a southwestern bean dip over cheese.

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