I am a Steeler fan and since they are playing on Super Bowl Sunday, I am thrilled. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh. Now living near Baltimore causes a bit of a problem because Ravens fans (who include some of my friends and family) tend to despise my team. This can be stressful, even though it is all in fun (hmm, I think). AND if you are going to a party on Sunday, this can also cause stress. Even if you are not watching the game, there is food galore. Wings, potato chips, nachos, pizza, beer (okay, I will stop…getting a little hungry here).
It is totally okay to have these foods for the party (what is a Super Bowl party without wings?). But let’s look at 3 ways to make some healthier choices during the big game.
1. Make appetizers your main meal. If you are going to eat samples of appetizers, might as well treat it as a meal. Just tell yourself that it is your dinner. So don’t go home and have a “real meal.”
2. Eat then watch the game(I am going for this one!). Try not eating mindlessly while watching tv or making conversation. This is were we can continue to snack and not realize that we are full or consuming too much.
3. Bring your own healthy dish. Try making healthier versions of our favorite bar food like nachos, meatballs, and pizza. OR bring your own salsa and vegetables or a large salad. AND if you are still in the mood for some of those wings, try these ideas:
- Get chicken wings from a natural food market (grass-fed, organic) and dig in! You can bake them in herbs for extra credit.
- Make your own meatballs (instead of the frozen kind) from grass-fed ground beef or turkey and freeze until ready to cook in crock-pot with barbecue sauce (of course, watch out for corn syrup).
- Bring a vegetable platter with hummus (lot of raw veggies like cucumbers, red peppers, carrots, brocolli).
- For nachos, try black beans, corn, onion, tomatoes on top of organic chips (with sea salt). Put organic shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream on the side.
- Make pizza with whole grain pizza dough (can get a natural food market), top with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and lots of vegetables (and if vegan, Follow Your Heart is great).
- Chili made with lean turkey or use beans such as black-eyed peas or pinto beans. You can use quinoa, too. Check out the chili recipe I posted on Facebook for a quick and easy meal .
Those are just a few ideas. Have a plan for moderation and healthy alternatives. Be creative, but remember to have fun and enjoy the game, your friends, and that halftime show! (Just love the Black Eyed Peas!).
What tip will you try? Please share and leave a comment below. 🙂