5 February 11 Big Game, Big Appetites, But No Need for Bulging Bellies
Welcome to this special pre-game post before Super Bowl Sunday! Super Bowl XLV, between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, is expected to be a dynamic, low-scoring game between the top two defenses in the NFL. The “big game” is also expected to draw a big viewership, even topping last year’s record 106.5 million viewers. And though the Super Bowl is treated like a national holiday, there’s no need to use the Super Bowl as an excuse to go super overboard with your calories.
According to the Calorie Control Council (CCC), Super Bowl Sunday is second only to Thanksgiving in food consumption in the United States, and the CCC estimates that Americans will eat 30 million pounds of snacks tomorrow. That’s pounds of food, mind you! From deep-fried chicken wings coated in oily hot sauce, to cheese-drenched nachos and pitchers of calorie-laden beers, it isn’t hard to consume three times your daily calorie goal just during the three-hour game. But it doesn’t have to be this way. You can be your own referee and call a “foul” on fatty foods! Here are a few tips to get you through a fun and festive Super Bowl Sunday without feeling left out of the party.
Log Your Calories
Don’t trick yourself into just “letting go” of this one day. Even if you plan to eat and drink a lot more than you would on a normal Sunday, don’t forget to log what you consume. It will give you an idea of how far off track you got and put a real number behind any weight gain you experience in the coming week.
Plan Your Day
Will you be eating out at a bar or restaurant, or bringing a dish over to a buddy’s house? Will your Super Bowl “snacks” constitute as your late lunch or in place of dinner (remember, game time is 6:30 PM EST, which is dinnertime for a lot of folks)? Will you be snacking with a bowl of chips on your lap during the game, or will you just eat at half-time while watching the Black Eyed Peas perform? Planning out your eating times for the whole day will help you moderate your calorie intake.
Go Light, Where Possible
Even if you can substitute one “light” ingredient in your planned snack fare, you’ll be able to cut some calories. This goes for drinks, too. You may be partial to a particular beer, but keep in mind that “light” beers have, on average, between 40-100 FEWER calories than a regular or dark beer (per 12 oz. serving). If you’re planning on having more than one beer, you could save yourself a lot of empty calories during the game. Light sour cream, light Ranch dressing, fat-free cheeses, turkey bacon - all are worthy substitutions.
Think Green When You Think of the Packers
Add color to your Super Bowl spread, and that means green vegetables. Yes, do have that order of celery with your hot wings (just don’t drown it in dressing). Add slices of pita bread, romaine lettuce, carrots and hummus alongside your plate of chips and salsa.
Yes, the Super Bowl only happens once a year, but if you can make thoughtful substitutions with these traditionally high-fat, high-calorie snacks, as well as exhibit mindful restraint during the game, you’ll be able to fit into your team jersey next year, or even have an excuse to buy a smaller one!
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