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Super Bowl party eating tips

Published in Weight Management, For the Health of It Author: Kristen Bricko, Registered Dietitian

The holidays have past, the kids are back to school and leftovers are gone. You may begin to work on those few pounds you’ve acquired over the past couple months. Smooth sailing, right? Then you remember, Super Bowl 2016!

Thoughts of chips and salsa, BBQ meatballs, and cocktail weenies come to mind. Not exactly what you would consider helpful in losing weight. Check out the tips below for a healthier Super Bowl (and a smaller waistline); recipes included.

  • Plan time for exercise. A moderate and daily increase in exercise can help partially offset increased eating. Try 10- or 15-minute brisk walks twice a day.
  • Don’t skip meals. Before leaving for the party, eat a light snack like raw vegetables or a piece of fruit to curb your appetite. You will be less tempted to overindulge.
  • Healthy Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday

    Bruschetta Recipe

    Layered Greek Dip

    Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon

    Survey party buffets before filling your plate. Choose your favorite foods and skip your least favorite. Make sure to include vegetables and fruits to keep your plate balanced.
  • Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed. Savor your favorite party treats while eating small portions. Sit down, get comfortable and enjoy.
  • Be careful with beverages. Alcohol can lessen inhibitions and induce overeating; non-alcoholic beverages can be full of calories and sugar.
  • If you overeat at one meal, go light on the next. It’s all about balance! It takes 500 calories per day (or 3,500 calories per week) above your normal/maintenance consumption to gain one pound.
  • Bring your own healthy dish. Preparing favorite dishes lower in fat and calories will help promote healthy eating.