Super Bowl Sunday! Healthy Eating Strategies

2015superbowl_foodfacts_final_hr-2For most Americans, the Super Bowl typically means PARTY.  According to the American Institute of Food Distribution, Super Bowl Sunday is the second highest event in America for most food consumption — following Thanksgiving. Across the country, people will consume more than one billion chicken wings, 120 million pounds of avocados and 2.5 million pounds of nuts.  Those are some scary statistics!  At the end of the night, you shouldn’t feel guilty about what you eat or drink, so here are a few strategies to help you get through the night!

According to an article I read on by Keri Gans, R.D., when it comes to the Super Bowl, the main message is that even though you are surrounded by guys, you don’t need to eat like them. Let them eat and drink till they are stuffed and can hardly move off the couch—while you follow this smart, no-deprivation game plan.

Today is not the day to skimp on your workout. Think like the quarterbacks you will later see on TV, and get yourself running to the gym—or just plain running! Then, before you go to the party or guests come over, grab a healthy snack. Think mini meal, such as low-fat yogurt with berries, whole-grain crackers with natural peanut butter, or an individual serving of cheese with a piece of fruit.

As with any buffet, your first step is to peruse the options that are available before you dig in.

Offensive Strategy
1. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a beer or two—preferably light—but leave the six-pack to the guys.
2. If pizza or sliders are served, go for it. Choose one (or two sliders if they are really small) and make it your meal. The protein and fat will help fill you up so you will be less likely to graze on the chips.
3. It’s okay to have some guacamole, salsa, and chips, but no double-dipping or eating more than you remember.
4. Dive into veggies, just be careful of creamy dip unless the host has informed you it is low-fat.

Defensive Strategy
1. Wings really offer you nothing nutritious. Pass.
2. Skip the nachos too—with your offensive plan, you won’t even want them.
3. As much as I am for the men waiting on the women, in this scenario don’t let them. The more you get up and get your own food and beverage, the more moving you are doing. I would say to even offer to serve the men, to get in the extra activity—as long as that doesn’t lead you to grab extra mindless nibbles at the same time.

Remember the Super Bowl is just one night, so have fun and enjoy!  If you slip up a little, remember to get back on track the next day!



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