Keep It Healthy (Ish) This Super Bowl Sunday

Lifespan Blog Team

Traditional Super Bowl snacks are not typically on the list of foods one should regularly eat when trying to maintain a healthy diet. With such an exciting day approaching for New England, it is important to remember that while maintaining a healthy diet is a good thing, it is okay to indulge a little for one day.

Rather than dismissing the Super Bowl snacks on Sunday, here are ten ways to enjoy yourself while staying conscious and confident in your nutritional choices.

1. Drink plenty of water

We know that beer and other alcoholic beverages will be readily available during a Super Bowl party. It is important to pair any alcoholic beverage with a glass of water to stay hydrated. This is a good rule to follow any time you’re drinking, but you will be more aware of how much you are drinking during the game. Also, water helps regulate digestion and combat a sodium-heavy plate.

2. Use a plate

It is easier to lose track of the amount of food you have eaten if you are reaching straight into the bag or communal bowl. Using a plate to portion out your snacks will allow you to be more conscious of the amount of food you’re eating.

3. Exercise in the morning

Combat your couch time with a healthy and active morning. Go to the gym, take a walk, or do a home workout before heading to the party. You can also use timeouts, commercial breaks, or halftime to stand up, walk around and stretch your legs.

4. Prioritize your favorite snacks

Don’t deprive yourself of your favorite comfort foods! Again, it is only one day. If you love buffalo wings, have some. Don’t load your plate up with everything else just because it is there. Try not to sit right next to the food, because people are likely to eat whatever is in front of them.

5. Make a healthy alternative for the party

Whether you’re hosting or coming as a guest, it is always a good idea to have one or two healthy snacks available. Try this bell pepper nacho boat recipe or buffalo cauliflower instead of wings. Chances are, you won’t be the only one trying to stay healthy, and other guests will appreciate having options.

6. Eat throughout the day

Don’t show up to the Super Bowl party starving. One of the best things you can do for yourself is eat light, nutrient-rich meals throughout the day. Starving yourself beforehand will make you more tempted to dive into the chip bowl.

7. Think about replacements

Instead of sour cream, replace with plain, non-fat Greek yogurt and you can replace salt with salt-free herbs and spices for flavor. Ground beef can be substituted by ground turkey, black beans or tofu. Dip can be paired with celery, carrot sticks, or sugar snap peas instead of chips, and salsa is a healthy alternative to heavy, creamy dips.

8. Stay distracted

The game itself is sure to be entertaining, but it is always helpful to distract yourself from overeating. Chat with your friends or family during the game, get up and do some small movements during commercials, and sit away from the food spread.

9. Check in with yourself

Before starting, it might be a good idea to make a game plan for your plate. Know what you want to eat and what you don’t. It also might be helpful to offset unhealthy options with healthy ones (e.g. “For every chicken wing I will eat three celery sticks”); this strategy might make you full quicker, too. Ask yourself if you are still hungry, overly full, or what you have eaten. It is easy to mindlessly snack during football.

10. Stay aware

Savor the food you are eating by chewing it slowly. Place your fork down between bites and sip water throughout to stay aware of eating. Eating mindfully will heighten the experience and increase satisfaction, as well as allow you to more fully enjoy a lesser amount.

Staying healthy during one of the many food-centered events that you encounter can be challenging, but not impossible. It is great to keep your health-conscious habits in mind, but don’t forget to enjoy yourself. Happy Super Bowl!

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