Sports feast – chicken wings, vegetables, French fries, pizza; the end of football season is upon us and Super Bowl is around the corner! No fear, you can have a good time and indulge in party foods without damaging your New Year’s Resolutions. If you are a “rookie” to Super Bowl healthy eating strategies, follow these seven tips to a successful Super Bowl “food game plan”.
“Kick off” the day with a high energy workout! If your scheduled festivities begin early, allow yourself enough time for a 30-minute calorie burn (or more if time allows).
Scope the field and know the players. The “offensive team” includes pizza stacked with high fat meats, chicken wings served with creamy dressing, super nachos and game day sweets. Instead of immediately digging in, look for nutrient-dense snacks such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, shrimp, lean meats (kabobs or chili), bean salads and broth-based soups. These items are lower in calories and fat yet will fill you up.
Get your “backfield in motion” and move around. Instead of sitting in front of the tube all night, mingle around to chat with family and friends. However, be mindful of those actually watching the game.
Use a plate to portion your food and don’t “huddle” around the area where the grub lingers. A plate will allow you to keep track of how much you are eating and stepping away from the food table will keep you from eating mindlessly.
Don’t play the “quarterback sneak” and call a “time out” before going back to fill another plate. Take smaller bites, chew slowly and enjoy your food. Eating too fast will have you reaching for more.
Get a “first down” and load up on vegetables & fruits. These foods will balance out high fat foods, are low in calories, high in fiber and pack a punch in vitamins and minerals. Remember to create a pretty plate with lots of color.
Play smart and don’t end up with a “flag on the play!” Liquid calories add up quickly and it’s easy to drink more with salty snacks. Drink one or two beers, have a glass of wine or a mixed drink and be done. Too many alcoholic drinks can impair decision making and cause you to over-eat. Swig water between drinks to keep on top of your hydration plan.
Need a quick dessert recipe for your Super Bowl party? This one is bound to earn an “extra point” with guests!