Have a Healthy Super Bowl Party This Year!
Posted on Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 3:16 pm
At the beginning of every new year, football fans all gather together as the biggest game of the year is played, and the number 1 team in the NFL is crowned at the Super Bowl. Like most great American gatherings, Super Bowl parties are usually associated with lots of great food. Just a few of the staples include pizza, fried hot wings, chips and dip, fried chicken, and basically any other finger foods that are easy to pick up at the store or your favorite restaurant. Of course, these foods are often greasy, packed with unhealthy ingredients, and will top out your daily calorie allowance in just a few small bites.
If you’re still sticking with your 2013 resolution to eat well and keep the weight off, you might be worried about blowing your diet at your Super Bowl party this year. Luckily, we have a few ideas about how you can keep your party healthy and natural while still getting to eat delicious foods!
If you’re throwing the party yourself, you have much more control over what is served. You can still enjoy the classics like pizza or chicken wings if you make them yourself in healthier ways. For example, you can try getting a thinner crust and using a little bit of non-fat mozzarella. You can also try eating a cheese-less pizza packed with veggies. If you want to enjoy some chicken wings, simply bake or grill the wings with some buffalo sauce instead of eating the fried versions. You can also serve an organic fruit and vegetable platter along with some all-natural or non-fat ranch dressing. Baked chips along with some homemade guacamole is another delicious snack you can enjoy!
Going to somebody else’s party is where it can get a bit tricky. If it’s a pot luck, just bring any of the dishes we mentioned in the previous paragraph. You can bring one or two items and just stick with that. You can also consider eating a big, healthy meal before you leave home, so you’re full enough to make it through the party. If your friend or family member is serving a whole meal that you know will be unhealthy, try talking to them a few days before about bringing your own meal for yourself. If you explain that you’re committed to getting healthy and losing weight, they should be happy to oblige!
Just like in sports, dieting is all about the mindset! Remain positive, reward yourself every once in a while and remember that all hard work is worth the reward!