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5 Super Bowl Survival Tips

Super bowl Sunday is practically a national holiday. Super Bowl tables will be laden with fried chicken wings, meat hoagies, burgers, hot dogs, potato chips, dip and lots of alcohol! Even though it is one night a year, don’t use a super bowl party as an excuse to interfere with healthy new habits. If you do happen to over do it a bit, get right back to your healthy plan at the very next meal.

5 Super bowl survival tips:

1. Hit the gym the day of the party

2. Don’t arrive starved

    • Follow regular meal schedule
    • Have a small high fiber, lean protein snack before the party to take the edge off

3. Have a plan

    • Bring a salad loaded with lean protein and colorful vegetables
    • Fill up on the better options to leave less room for the “bad”

4. Practice moderation

    • Fill half the plate with vegetables
    • Eat small portions of unhealthier choices
    • Eat mindfully to enjoy every morsel

5. Watch alcohol intake

  • Alternate alcohol with sparkling water
  • Know your numbers: 12 ounces beer can contain upwards of 13 grams of carbohydrate per serving, with wine containing 4 grams per 5 ounce serving.

Easy party food swaps:

  • Serve vegetarian bean and lentil chili in place of beef.
  • Trade mayonnaise based dips for hummus.
  • Use ground chicken to make Swedish meat balls in place of ground beef.
  • Serve shredded barbecue jackfruit sliders for your vegan guests.
  • Make a healthy “cheesy” popcorn by air popping, spraying with olive oil and toss with sea salt, fresh ground pepper and nutritional yeast.
  • Oven fry chicken wings by dredging in seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs, coating with olive oil spray and baking in a 450°F oven for 25-30 minutes until crisp.
  • Crunchy roasted mediterranean chickpeas make a delicious alternative to high fat potato chips. Preheat oven to 450°F. Drain and dry chickpeas. Toss with olive oil, sea salt, black pepper and za’atar seasoning. Place on a baking sheet. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes or until brown and crisp.
  • Stuff mini whole wheat pita pockets with part skim mozzarella and halved grape tomatoes. Place in panini press for quick and delicious mini pizza quesadillas.
  • Mix up a platter of high protein nut butter quinoa puff bars.
  • Grill up a platter of turkey breast sliders. Serve on mini whole wheat buns.