By Adrianna Bradley
The Super Bowl, coming up this weekend, is often a time to indulge in chicken wings, pizza and alcoholic beverages. While tasty, many of these foods are high in fat, sugar, salt and calories. We have some nutritious alternatives to satisfy your taste buds, and still walk away a winner.
Also, here’s some healthy tips from our Office of Nutrition to help you enjoy game day.
- Start your day with exercise: It is easy to skip exercise on game day. Score a touchdown by starting the day off with a little exercise. Go for a brisk 30-minute walk, jog or run, or pop in an exercise DVD. It does not matter what you, just that you do it!
- Eat before the party: Take a timeout to eat a healthy meal before the party. If you show up hungry you are more likely to overeat.
- Focus on fruits and veggies: Intercept calories from fat and sugar, and reduce your salt intake by filling your plate with fresh fruits and veggies. If you are hosting, provide healthy alternatives to your guests to provide balance on the plate.
- Monitor your portion sizes: Stay inbounds with your calories for the day. Make a plate of snacks and walk away from the table. Avoid mindlessly eating more than you need.
- Remember beverages count too: Drink water or provide a fruit-flavored water to your guests as an alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda and sweet tea. If you are consuming alcoholic beverages, practice proper portion sizes: Limit your alcoholic beverages to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men.