Super Bowl is the second largest food event next to Thanksgiving, which can mean big time penalties when it comes to your diet.
Yikes! To make sure your pursuit of health isn’t sidelined by meaningless munchies, I have a few suggestions that will help you enjoy the big game without making a big mistake.
It might sound obvious, but the mindless eating we do while watching the game can mean major calories without you even realizing it. Eating out of a package or constantly picking at a buffet of appetizers means you have no concept of the amount of food you’ve consumed. Mindfully portioning food on a plate at least gives you a reasonable stopping point, if satiety isn’t registering.
I know no one wants to miss a key play or a hilarious commercial, but the act of getting up to refill a plate will make you think about what you are doing before you go for seconds or thirds. Keep lighter options like that veggie tray that never gets finished, soy nuts or a bowl of popcorn in the TV room if you feel the need to have munchies available for your guests.
If you are drinking beer or other libations throughout the game, you can easily tack on hundreds of calories that will go straight to storage (your waist, hips, thighs…you get the point!). Choose to drink flavored water, dilute alcoholic drinks with sparkling water, or alternate alcoholic beverages with non-alcoholic calorie-free options.
When the score is close, the sheer suspense of who will win can lead to anxious eating. Instead, chew a piece of gum or pace – but don’t feed your face as a way of staying calm. It won’t help your team or your waistline.
If you are going to a Super Bowl party, offer to bring a dish to share. You don’t have to bring salad or Brussels sprouts. But you can swap traditional ingredients for lighter choices and no one will know the difference. This way, you have something you know you can eat. Here’s a great slow cooker recipe that is a real fan favorite. Serve with veggies to make it even healthier and to help cut the sodium. I have several other recipes that perfect for any football party, in case you are the host. Either way, be in control so you can enjoy the game and time with your friends.
Slow Cooker Light Spinach Artichoke Dip
1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach
1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts, chopped and drained
1 teaspoon (2 cloves) garlic, minced
1 8-ounce block Neufchatel cheese (or reduced fat cream cheese)
1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, plain
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded low fat mozzarella or Italian cheese blend
2-4 tablespoons water (based on how thin you like your dip)
1. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker and place on high for 1 ½ hours.
2. Stir well and keep on high for 30 minutes more before serving. Serve with homemade tortilla wedges or store bought tortilla chips and veggies for dipping.
Nutrition Facts per Serving (for dip only):
Calories: 175 calories
Fat: 10 g (Saturated 6 g)
Protein: 1.25 g
Carbohydrate: 7 g
Fiber: 1.5 g
Sodium: 415 mg