Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest eating days of the year -
right up there with Thanksgiving.
Enjoy the party without over indulging. Here's how:
Pre-game warm-up: Eat a healthy breakfast and lunch or snack
before you head to the party. Skipping meals to “save up” your
calories for the big event backfires when you over eat because you
are so hungry.
Think like a winner: Focus on the game and enjoying your
friends, rather than on the food.
Have a game plan: Take a look at the food spread before
digging in. You don't have to eat some of everything - choose 2-3
foods you really like - maybe something you seldom eat. Take small
servings then fill up your plate with healthy items like fruit and
veggies (but go easy on the dip - 1 tablespoon typically has at 100+
Follow a winning strategy: Eat mindfully - think before you
put something in your mouth. After serving your plate, move away
from the buffet table where it's easy to eat lots of guacamole and
chips (without even thinking about it) while you're standing there
watching the game.
Take a break at half-time: Grab a friend or two and take a
walk in the neighborhood. You'll gain energy and be ready to tackle
the second half of the party.
Keep advancing toward the goal line: Regular soda, lemonade,
beer and cocktails can add lots of extra calories. Drink light
versions of your favorite beverages. If you indulge in cocktails,
limit the calories by limiting yourself to 2 drinks - one each half,
and drink water the rest of the time.
Avoid time-outs: Don't let food-borne illness ruin your game.
Avoid eating perishable foods that have been left out at room
temperature for more than 2 hours. That includes things like chicken
wings, nachos with chicken or beef, barbeque sliders, dips made with
sour cream, and cut fruits and vegetables (unless served on
Score the winning touchdown! Make healthy choices and have a
Article written by Patti Wooten Swanson, PHD - Nutrition, Family,
and Consumer Science Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension