Simple tricks to make the Super Bowl healthier

9:20 PM, Feb 4, 2012   |    comments
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So what are some of the ways we can be on track during game day?
Don't play on an empty stomach- we all need fuel and this will prevent you from overeating and grazing on excessive calories.

So how do you not overeat?
Examine the field - know what is being offered by taking a good look at the foods before loading up your plate.

What should we be consuming - are there really options or do we just have to stick with portion control?
By staying focused on fundamentals - lean proteins and veggies - we can keep the calories lower. Try broiling your wings and using a low calorie/low fat hot sauce. I suggest ordering half the meat/cheese on your pizza and sticking with the thin crust.

Appetizers/ "Munchies"
Greek yogurt spinach dip - Replace mayo and sour cream with plain Greek yogurt, add water chestnuts, artichokes, green onions and red bell peppers. To bump up the veggies, serve with veggie slices, like cucumbers, peppers, and whole-wheat crackers.

Deviled eggs - Replace yolk mixture with hummus to cut the fat. Top with paprika, and no one will know the difference.

Build our own nacho bar - Offer baked corn tortilla chips, fresh diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, diced bell peppers, fresh diced jalapeno (over pickled), guacamole (made fresh with lemon juice), low-fat cheddar cheese, low-fat sour cream, lean ground beef or turkey made with low-salt seasoning.

Baked sweet potatoes - Don't peel. The peel has fiber in it. Toss them in a small amount of olive oil, and season with cinnamon for a sweeter flavor profile or with garlic, black pepper and paprika for a more savory flavor. Season with cayenne and chili powder for a spicy flavor.

What about the beverages? Any suggestions there?
Stay hydrated. Water and low-calorie beverages are the best, but if you're drinking alcohol, its important but try to limit your drinks to one for women, two for men, or no more than 200 calories from non-nutrient rich foods.

Any other last suggestions?
Go for the extra point - take a walk during half time or toss around the football to burn it off.

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