Traditional Super Bowl snacks aren't always the healthiest. But, it is important to remember that while trying to eat healthy is a great, indulging on one day will not throw you off track.
Here are a few strategies you can use to enjoy your fave Superbowl snacks without over indulging.
1. Drink plenty of water
We know that beer and other alcoholic beverages will be readily available during a Super Bowl party. It is important to pair any alcoholic beverage with a glass of water to stay hydrated. This is a good rule to follow any time you’re drinking, but you will be more aware of how much you are drinking during the game. Also, water helps regulate digestion and combat a sodium-heavy plate.
2. Use a plate
It is easier to lose track of the amount of food you have eaten if you are reaching straight into the bag or communal bowl. Using a plate to portion out your snacks will allow you to be more conscious of the amount of food you’re eating.
3. Get a quick workout in
Combat your couch time with a healthy and active morning. Go to the gym, take a walk, or do a home workout before heading to the party. Exercise increases insulin sensitivity, so your body will be ready to put any extra calories to good use!
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4. Prioritize your favorite snacks
Don’t deprive yourself of your favorite comfort foods! Again, it is only one day. If you love buffalo wings, have some. Don’t load your plate up with everything else just because it is there. Try not to sit right next to the food, because people are likely to eat whatever is in front of them.
5. Make a healthy snack to share
Whether you’re hosting or coming as a guest, it is always a good idea to have one or two healthy snacks available. Make a platter of fresh cut veggies with hummus or guacamole or if you're in the mood for something sweet, try our Chocolate Covered Banana Energy Bites. They are a huge crowd pleaser ! Chances are, you won’t be the only one trying to stay healthy, and other guests will appreciate having options.
6. Eat throughout the day
Don’t show up to the Super Bowl party starving. One of the best things you can do for yourself is eat light, nutrient-rich meals throughout the day. Starving yourself beforehand will make you more tempted to dive into the chip bowl.
7. Think about replacements
Instead of heavy dips, opt for salsa, hummus or guacamole. Ground beef can be substituted by ground turkey, black beans or tofu. Dip can be paired with celery, carrot sticks, or sugar snap peas instead of chips.
8. Be Social
Chat with your friends or family during the game and focus on having fun with those around you.
9. Check in with yourself
Ask yourself if you are still hungry, overly full, or what you have eaten. It is easy to mindlessly snack during football.
10. Stay aware
Savor the food you are eating by chewing it slowly. Place your fork down between bites and sip water throughout to stay aware of eating. Eating mindfully will heighten the experience and increase satisfaction, as well as allow you to more fully enjoy a lesser amount.