Super Bowl Sunday can be full of buffalo wings, chips, queso and six-foot long sandwiches, all of which can lead to extra calories and extra pounds. The good news is that with a few changes, you can decrease the fat and calories and increase the healthiness of your game day feast without sacrificing taste:
It’s always a good idea to have a fruit and/or vegetable tray available for those who are vegetarian or just for low-calorie snacking. Use low fat yogurt-based dips or try using ricotta cheese mixed with dry onion soup mix or salsa. If you have a favorite food or snack, allow yourself to partake, but choose a smaller version of it and avoid “seconds.” Always be mindful of portion sizes.
Keeping your distance farther away from the food is also helpful. Drinking eight ounces of water and eating an apple before going to a party will help fill you up and take an edge off your hunger.
Whether you are tailgating at the stadium or “tablegating” in your living room, it’s easy to keep game day food fun, tasty and healthy. Most importantly, though, remember that it is about the camaraderie and the love of the game, not the food. Consider having your own game of touch football during halftime to burn off those extra calories!
Practice these easy and tasty substitutions to help you stay healthy during Super Bowl weekend.
By Valerie Shurley, M.S., R.D./L.D.
Valerie Shurley is the clinical nutrition manager at St. David’s Georgetown Hospital.