25 January 2011

Super Bowl, not just a football game but an excuse to eat pizza, lots of pizza

Unless you have been living in a cave over the past few decades you are extremely aware of the enormous magnitude of the Super Bowl in the U.S. and now around the world. From commercials, to parties, to eating and drinking everything is done bigger on the day of the big game. And when it specifically comes to eating, we in America know how to take it to the next level.

If you want proof—doubtful you actually need it—let’s take a look at Pizza Hut’s busiest day of the year, Super Bowl Sunday.

According to the Dallas-based pizza franchise they sell/and or use:

• 2.3 Million: Feet of Pizza Hut pizza to be sold on the big day – enough to reach the summit of Mount Everest 80 times.
• 1,200: Tons of dough that will be used to make Pizza Hut pizza for Big Game orders – twice the weight of the jumbo video screen inside Cowboys Stadium, site of this year's game.
• 90,000: Gallons of marinara sauce that will be spread across Pizza Hut pizzas on game day – enough to fill more than 5,000 beer kegs.
• 270,000: Number of Big Dipper pizzas expected to sell on Pizza Hut's busiest day. If all of the Big Dipper strips were laid end to end they would stretch nearly 500 miles – long enough to cover the distance between Green Bay and Pittsburgh.

Yeah that’s a lot of pizza, sauce and dough which equates to a lot of bloat, heartburn and pants shrinkage. Unfortunately it’s really not your pants that are actually shrinking.

I won’t go into the health ramifications of eating cheesy, meaty pizza because we here at TDIV are not against indulging during the big game but let’s do it plant-based style instead.

Find a good simple crust recipe, like this one, use Daiya in place of cheese, use whatever non-meat based sauce you desire and fill your pizza pie with as many veggies as you like.

Hey Pizza Hut is busy enough on Super Bowl Sunday, cut them a break.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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