The average American watching the Super Bowl on Sunday will consume 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat from snacks alone, which is the entire daily calorie allowance for some people! So how does someone watching their weight enjoy the day without blowing all of the hard work? You can stay happy and healthy while still indulging in a few of your favorite treats. Here are a few tips and recipes to help you stay on track.
Fail to plan, plan to fail. The world is not on the same page as you when it comes to your nutrition plan and goals. Don’t expect to find a bounty of healthy, organic, and nutrient-packed foods at your friend’s Super Bowl party. It’s on you to plan what you’ll eat or bring, and to determine how you’ll respond to tempting situations before you face them.
Be prepared — and prepare! Preparation is the only way to know you’ll stay in control and won’t undo the good work you’ve started. Got it? This weekend, it’s all on you. Think about all of the foods that will be out this Sunday — wings, nachos, pizza, fries, potato skins — you name it! Any of these foods could destroy your entire calorie count for the week. So what I want you to do is think of a few healthy dishes to contribute to the party and stick to those. If you want to have one wing or a couple of nachos, that is OK, but don’t go overboard! You will regret it in the morning.
Don’t go to the party starving. Have a full meal an hour or two before the party so you’re not that hungry. When you want to have a snack, stick to the healthy options you brought. Don’t hang out by the food, mingle with other party goers and focus on the game, focus on the fun commercials, or the exciting halftime show!