With the Super Bowl fast approaching, there are sure to be some great parties! Even if you’re not a football fan (or *gasp* not a Patriots fan), you’re sure to get an invite to a Super Bowl party.
While it’s a fun time, it’s not exactly the healthiest event when it comes to food. Wings, pizza, chips, and more can be damaging to a healthy lifestyle. Luckily, there are some things you can do to avoid the unhealthy foods and drinks.
You don’t have to sacrifice your healthy habits when going to Super Bowl parties. These are our tips to help you get through it with your goals in tact.
Consider calling the host to see what foods will be served during the party. If the host is unsure, then eat something beforehand. Make sure to eat something filling with protein and complex carbohydrates. This way you will have energy, stay full longer, and will be less tempted to eat whatever is at the party.
Just because it’s a Super Bowl party, it doesn’t mean that you have to bring something unhealthy. Think of this chance to bring something your way out of having to eat all of the traditional calorie-filled foods.
You can put a healthy spin on a fan favorite, such as baked wings, homemade pizza, bean and veggie dip, etc. You could also bring something nontraditional that fans may love. Try to make something including ingredients that you already have, especially if you want to save money. Remember things like dips and casseroles can go a long way, in terms of feeding a crowd and are easy to make!
Even if you eat beforehand, you may get tempted to snack along with everyone else. You can solve this dilemma easily by bringing your own snack. Things like nuts and baked kale chips, or dark chocolate and baked sweet potato fries are great options. If you’re craving a particular taste like sweet or salty customize your snack to taste, such as honey drizzled or honey baked nuts!
There’s sure to be offerings of beer or wine, so just be prepared to say no to alcohol! Alcohol can leave you feeling tired, bloated, and affects your decision making and judgment as well as a whole number of other issues. Depending on your personality, drinking can cause you to be an unruly guest, annoy others, and squash your invite for the next party!
While alcohol in moderation may be okay, unless you suffer from alcoholism, it is always better to just skip the alcohol altogether. Secondly, without the alcohol in your system, you are more likely to make healthier eating decisions and stick to your goals.
There are many wonderful mocktail recipes that you can create! There is also non-alcoholic beer offered at many supermarkets. You can easily whip up your own refreshing drink using sparking water, a healthy juice or two (i.e. pineapple and orange juice), and a touch of spice if desired. If you’re going to follow a mocktail recipe, look for ones with healthy spices, such as ginger or cinnamon.
The Patriots never fail to entertain during Super Bowls, so just keep your eyes on the screen. Even if you don’t know all of the ins and outs of football, you’ll likely catch on enough to know when the Patriots are slamming the Eagles!
Don’t be shy during the game. Join in the chatter and in the victory dances and chants when the Patriots score each touchdown. Before you know it, the game will be over and it will be time to go home. You’ll walk away with a smile on your face because you made it out without feeling like you need a wheelbarrow from all of the food.
Being healthy doesn’t mean missing out on the fun! These suggestions are great not only for a Super Bowl party, but for all parties. With these ideas you can spend the year successfully sticking to your health goals and enjoying festivities and social gatherings.
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