Even if your team isn't in the Super Bowl, you might consider eating like one of the host cities. A San Francisco theme would include sourdough bread, chocolate, garlic, and fresh fruits and vegetables, even in February. A Baltimore theme would have crab, crab fries with Old Bay seasoning, anything with Old Bay seasoning.
Or you could focus on the host city, New Orleans, and come up with a Cajun feast.
This is the Big Game: big halftime, big pre-game, prime time, all the commercials one can handle. This is not a chips and soda kind of event.
Sure, you might say, "wings and pizza." Yawn. This isn't Week 12 of the regular season. And who are we kidding, that pizza will be lame, delivered cold by some poor person desperate for tips from drunk people, because everyone else is also ordering pizza.
So if you don't want to do a city theme, or get the same old game snacks, how can you kick it up before kickoff?
-- Follow a theme as if your team was in the Super Bowl. This isn't to say fans in Detroit or Chicago should serve lion or bear meat nor do you have to pack in the food if you are a Packers fan. Detroit coneys, Chicago Italian beef, and Wisconsin cheese would do just fine.
-- Cook it yourself. We cook on Thanksgiving and Christmas (or equivalent seasonal holiday), but when the Super Bowl comes around, we get really lazy. Make your own onion dip. Do a taco bar where people put on their own fixings. Create a pizza bar so your guests can make their own pizzas.
-- Sneak in some healthier fare. Use Greek yogurt or regular yogurt, preferably fat-free, for the dips. Stuffed mushrooms involve a vegetable people will eat. Use a healthier cut of meat, such as buffalo, elk, or turkey, in your chili. No one is asking to make "healthy" stuff on Super Bowl Sunday, just healthier in ways your guests might not guess.
-- Put your own stamp on the day. You might come up with an idea that has more calories than any of these suggestions. But if you plan out the festivities, get creative, then you'll enjoy whatever you eat.
You and your friends will remember what you had for Super Bowl XLVII much more than Super Bowl XLVI or any other recent Big Game. Breaking out of old lame habits will require extra work and creativity. But you'll walk away, if you can walk afterward, with a better feeling about what you ate. On a fun day of food, the food you have should be fun.