Ah, Super Bowl Sunday. Even those who know nothing about football find themselves partaking in the Super Bowl Traditions. There’s the watching of the game, the gathering of friends, the criticizing of the halftime show and the judging of the commercials. And of course, there’s the food. There are mountains and mountains of food. Super Bowl Sunday is a big day of grazing chips, dips, wings, pizza, and sliders. For some people, the Super Bowl means football. For most people, the Super Bowl means overindulgence.
Control the Menu
But believe it or not, it is possible to eat well, even on a day like Super Bowl Sunday. Hosting the party? Add healthy snacks to your menu instead of just the usual high-fat suspects. Follow the tips below to lighten up your Super Bowl smorgasbord:
- Pass on the store bought snacks and takeout food packed with sodium and fat.
- Include fresh fruits and vegetables, such as apple halves or carrot sticks.
- Condiments can contain far more calories than you think. Watch creamy dips and cheese. Limit portions or serve low-fat options.
- Offer foods and beverages low in fat, calories, sugars, salt and sodium.
- Serve foods and beverages that can be consumed by people with diabetes or on special diets.
- Water is always a great alternative to sugary and caffeinated drinks.
- Replace meats with veggies whenever possible to bring down the calorie count
- Limit your alcohol intake. Alcoholic beverages are high in calories and encourage you to eat more.
- Try keeping food in the kitchen and out of the living room. Doing so forces you and your guests to get up and make a plate when hungry and limits mindless eating.
Control the Urge to Indulge
The Super Bowl comes but once a year and some of us may choose to indulge. Should you go this route, there are ways to enjoy your football food without going overboard. Try the following:
- Choose to indulge in your favorite food rather than eating some of everything.
- Drink plenty of water to flush out excess sodium and avoid bloating
- Eat better the next day. Vegetables and lean proteins should make up for the processed fatty foods you had the day before.
If you are planning to enjoy the game away from home check out Eating Healthy in Restaurants for more tips for eating better on game day.
What is your favorite health-friendly Super Bowl recipe?