Have a Healthy Super Bowl Party This Year!
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Have a Healthy Super Bowl Party This Year!

Posted on Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 3:16 pm
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Super BowlAt 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!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.