Eating Healthy During the Super Bowl: Mission Impossible?

Have you ever thought about the amount of calories one consumes during Super Bowl Festivities? As the Super Bowl has grown into one of the biggest events of the year, so has the menu for the parties. But with all of the fried foods and other unhealthy dishes around, is it even possible to eat healthy and still enjoy yourself?

Here’s a fun calculation according to the Calorie Control Council: “If 111 million Americans watch the Super Bowl this year, this breaks down to 20.8 million pounds of potato chips and 20.8 million pounds of tortilla chips -and it includes fan favorites like pizza, beer, nachos, dips, sodas, pigs in a blanket and other party staples.  That totals to a nationwide consumption of about 64 million pounds of fat, or the equivalent of 214,082 National Football League (NFL) offensive linemen at 300 pounds each.”

YIKES!!

While it is great to pig out and have the usual chips and wings, how about a compromise this year? Try serving some “skinny” along with all that fat!

Here’s a breakdown of a sample Super Bowl party menu by portions:

SB Party Menu

Here are some great tips and suggestions for eating healthy during the big game:

  1. Don’t hang out in the same room where your food is being set up to be served. You’ll be less likely to snack before the guests even arrive.
  2. Stay occupied. Focus on the game or your guests, instead of the munchies in front of you.
  3. Consume some low calorie beers and hydrate with water, if you don’t want to be out of commission on Monday.
  4. Serve more veggies and fruit as fillers rather than potato chips and dip.
  5. Be a support group to each other – spread the word to everyone to bring low calorie drinks and dishes. Yes, there will be a lot of food but do you really have to eat all of it?
  6. Get your exercise on – when your team scores a touchdown, you are mandated to jump up and down, run around the house and get some jumping jacks in while you are at it!

 Here are some healthier options for your Super Bowl Snacks.

 Salsa, Hummus, Bean Dip, or Spinach-Artichoke Dip. As long as it’s made right, you can’t go wrong.

SB Dips

 

Salad on a Stick. A healthy way to snack on the go!

Salad on a Stick

Spicy  Papaya Guacamole. Pretend you’re on a tropical island while freezing your toes off this winter.

Spicy  Papaya Guacamole

Grilled Shrimp with Orange-Habanero Mojo. Can you say DELICIOUS?!

Grilled Shrimp with Orange-Habanero Mojo

Mini Turkey Burgers with Gorgonzola. Little burger, BIG taste!

Mini Turkey Burgers with Gorgonzola

HAVE A FUN AND SAFE TIME FROM US HERE AT CHEFUNIFORMS.COM!

 May the best team win! Who are you rooting for? Do you have any other suggestions on staying healthy during the Super Bowl? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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