Who’s ready for some football?! Regardless if you love the sport or not, it’s always fun to partake in a great super bowl party. While you won’t be able to control the calls in the game or the final score, one thing you can control is your dietary intake. While I don’t expect anyone to eat perfectly during the Super Bowl (heck, even I know I’m going to indulge a little bit), we can take some steps to make sure our indulgences don’t spiral out of control too much on game day.
1) Don’t skip any meals! This is a point I bring up time and time again. Skipping a meal on a big food day may sound like a good idea, but this only sabotages your metabolism. A depressed metabolism can cause you to eat way more calories at the party than what you would normally consume had you followed your regular meal schedule.
2) Think veggies and protein. Preferably together! Veggies are typically forgotten about at social gatherings, especially the Super Bowl. Now there is always the classic veggie tray, but try to think outside the box. For New Year’s I made chorizo-stuffed mini peppers and turkey-stuffed mushrooms. Personally, I find veggies, proteins and healthy fats to be much more filling than starchy items like chips, crackers, pretzels, etc. In fact, it’s not uncommon for my husband and I to go through a bag of Sunchips in 24 hours (why are they so good yet so unfilling??!!)
3) Portion control. Your portion sizes can easily get out of hand when you’re distracted by the game and conversation—especially when you eat directly from the large party bowl rather than put your food items on a plate. It’s much easier to count platefuls of food than it is to count handfuls of chips. Try to eat off of smaller party plates to keep your overall portion sizes down.
3) Drink water. It’s perfectly fine to have a few social beverages but try to alternate your beverages with water. Drinking water not only hydrates you, it can also help control your appetite.
4) Have fun! Remember no one single occasion ruins your health overall. If you eat clean and wholesome foods 80-90% of the time, then you absolutely can splurge once in while on some party favorites.
Looking for a game-day side dish that includes protein, veggies and healthy fats? Here you go!
For the Avocado Salad
- 4 small avocado, diced
- 2 cups cherry/grape tomatoes
- 1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced
- ½ red onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2-4 tbsp lime juice
- 1 small handful cilantro, chopped
- 1/8-¼ c olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
For the Shrimp
- 1 ¼ lb fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
- ¼ c. fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp butter (organic grass-fed preferred)
- 2-4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp Worchester sauce
- ¾ tsp lemon pepper seasoning (I used Mrs Dash)
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 2 tbsp dried parsley
- Pre heat oven to 425oF. Lay shrimp in a single layer on foiled baking dish. Mix remaining ingredients together and pour evenly over shrimp. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until shrimp is done.
- Meanwhile, gently mix all salad ingredients together in a bowl. Toss in shrimp when done and serve!