You’re counting the days, and probably hours and minutes, until touchdown this weekend. But have you been counting the grams of fat and calories in your food, or better yet, the calories you may or may not be burning off on the big day? Here are a few tips for making your Super Bowl this Sunday a touchdown in the health department.
Tip #5 – More Fruits & Veggies, Please!
Provide more veggies and fruits beside the chips and chili cheese dip!
• There is always the tried-and-true veggie/dip trays you can buy at almost any supermarket.
• You can also buy herbed vegetable chips instead (or make some on your own, if you have a dehydrator), or bake and bread strips of any root vegetable of your choice as an alternative to fries.
• Even grilling kabobs is a great option and allows you to include meat, veggies and fruits of your choice.
Tip #4: Bake, Broil, or Grill
• But instead of frying your chicken, baking or grilling over a gas flame are healthier alternatives.
• Flavoring chicken wings with garlic and lemon, along with the seasonings of your choice (cayenne, rosemary, paprika, etc.) instead of salty or sugary sauce will score with your guests every time. What’s your favorite recipe?
Tip #3: Drink More Water
• Alternate your alcoholic beverage and/or soda with water throughout the game. Both sodas and beers are heavy on carbs/sugars, and beer especially can dehydrate you.
• If plain bottled water or from the tap is boring, dress up your water choices by putting in herbs like mint, fruits like melons or berries, or vegetables like cucumbers in ahead of time before kickoff. Naturally flavored water is chuck full of vitamins, and tastes great!
Tip #2: Stay Active
While football is a very physically active game, watching the Super Bowl is not. Don’t forget your own physical needs!
• Stand when you can. Standing uses calories, and keeps the blood flowing from your arms and legs back to your heart, which can be hampered when sitting for long amounts of time.
• Not interested in half-time, or pre- or post-game chatter? Get the family and guests outside for some half-time tag football, or maybe even a walk.
• Lift hand weights, stretch, do jumping jacks, planks, or squats,
or use a stationary bicycle or treadmill while watching the game.
• Use commercials as an excuse to get up and move around. Even if it’s just to the kitchen and back, every bit helps.
Tip #1: Avoid Distracted Eating
(and Adding Extra Pounds)
When watching TV, it’s easy to see how we can get distracted. We can sit down with a bag of chips and before we know it, we’ve eaten the whole thing. People tend to eat 25 percent more while watching TV than they would at a table, and tend to eat more throughout the day, as well. How do we avoid that?
• Try to sit at a table and not in front of the TV during a meal.
• And when snacking, don’t eat out of a large bowl or a bag.
• Keep the amounts you take back to the TV minimal, on small plates. And give yourself a set amount of time (perhaps until the next quarter!) to wander back to the food. Smaller portions are better for you.
• Take each bite mindfully, so that you are fully aware of what and how much you are eating. And periodically check in with yourself about how full you are, on a scale of 1-10.
• And simply having healthier options out like carrots or strawberries instead of chips can go a long way!