Along with Thanksgiving and Christmas, Super Bowl seems to be yet another event where people give themselves the green card to completely stuff themselves with junk. The reason behind this is uncertain – perhaps eating a tonne of fatty food is seen as a social lubricant (along with the copious amounts of alcohol consumed)?
In any event, for the health conscious, attending Super Bowl events can be challenging and it can be difficult to navigate around all the processed and fatty fare on offer. There is hope however. Whether you are hosting a party or simply attending one, follow these tips for a healthier Super Bowl Sunday:
1. Make it yourself / bring your own
Store-bought food is packed with added trans fats, sugar, salt and chemical flavours. Yes, it is ok to indulge a little while watching the game, but a home-made pig in a blanket or nachos is WAY healthier than the commercially available version. Even better is that you can control the ingredients and level of seasonings in your food.
If you are attending a party, ask your host if you can bring something to contribute, and make it a healthier version of everyone’s favourite dish.
2. Re-think traditional recipes, the healthy way
Instead of using canned or refried beans, prepare your own beans from scratch by soaking them in water the night before. Add some seasoning to get the flavour just as you like. Trust me, the home-made version tastes so much better than the canned variety.
3. Quality over quantity
Yes, you can have your cheese and eat it too. Instead of going for the cheap American manufactured cheese though, invest in a smaller, yet higher quality piece of cheese to use on your game snacks and meals. A good aged parmesan or a bite-y block of cheddar go a long way in adding flavour to your food – so use wisely and reap the benefits.
4. Use more veggies
7-layer dip doesn’t have to be eaten with chips and pita bread. Yes, you can include those traditional pickings on your platter, but also serve dips and nachos with chopped up vegetables. Carrot and celery sticks immediately come to mind, but you can also pile lettuce leaves with healthy nacho mix.
5. Fill your plate once, and stop eating when full
Big game days like this are notorious for aiding us to overeat. When there is food constantly on display, it is easy to just keep going back for more, and losing sight of portions and how much we are actually eating.
When it comes time to eat, fill a plate with the foods you like, then move away from the food table, and eat what’s on your plate. If you are tempted to go back for seconds, shift your focus instead to the game, or the social aspects of the party, instead of the food.
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