HEALTHY V. UNHEALTHY
It’s that time of year where bets are made and the trash talking starts about which team is the best and who is going to take home the Super Bowl ring. It’s also that time when your new year resolutions for working out and eating healthy is the furthest thought from your mind because you’re about to indulge in the traditional Super Bowl food. So to make sure you stay on a healthy routine I’m going to offer you some healthy foods/alternatives that are just as delicious as the 2,000 calories you have consumed the previous years at Super Bowl parties.
Chicken Wings: Wings are probably the most popular food for the Super Bowl but instead of frying the wings, try grilling or baking them. It will taste just as good. Remember to use low-sodium seasoning!
Pizza: One of America’s favorite foods! Instead of having a greasy store bought or takeout pizza, try making your own pizza at home with healthy ingredients. Choose toppings that are low in sodium and fat. You can never go wrong with a veggie pizza, it is the healthiest.
Chips: This is the best snack but it is definitely not the healthiest. Instead of chips, have a fruit or vegetable tray.
Rotel dip: This is usually one of my favorites but it is high carbohydrates and calories! Black bean salsa, red or green salsa, and hummus are great alternatives; when choosing tortilla chips make sure they are whole wheat and reduced sodium.
Now to the beverages! We all know that sodas and juice are not healthy. Water and green tea are better alternatives but honestly most Super Bowl parties have alcoholic beverages to ensure that everyone has a great time. Even though alcohol is high in calories there are some healthy choices.
Beer: Light beer is a better choice than regular beer because it is low in calories.
Wine: White or red wine with a drier content rather than sweetness. The sweeter the wine equals more calories.
Liquor: Vodka, Tequila, Gin, Rum, Whisky, and Brandy are all low in calories but be mindful of the sweet mixtures. They will cause your low calorie drink to be in high in calories if using a mixture that is high in sugar. Be careful when mixing!
Now if you’re allowing Super Bowl Sunday to be your cheat day, that’s good, remember portion control! It is important to be mindful of how much you eat so you don’t overdo it. Have fun and enjoy the delicious food and of course enjoy the game!