Get in the game with healthier and delicious Super Bowl recipes and healthy eating tips!
That’s what you need to be cheering this weekend as you get ready to attend a Super Bowl party. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest food day for Americans (Thanksgiving is #1). Given that just a month ago many of you have likely made some New Year’s resolutions to eat eat better and exercise more, it seems pretty crazy to undo all that hard work in just one afternoon.
But all those small changes you’ve made over the past month don’t have to go down the drain. You will be faced with tempting foods, many that are more indulgent than your usual day to day fare, but if you go in prepared you can enjoy game day and wake up Monday morning with no regrets.
Your Playbook for a Healthy Super Bowl Sunday
Get in at least 30 minutes of sweat-inducing cardio before the Big Game. Go for a power walk, run, bike ride, or move your body on the elliptical – whatever you enjoy most.
Make sure both breakfast and lunch are loaded with fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. And definitely do not skip those meals.
Prepare a healthy dish or two for the game to ensure you’ll have at least one better-for-you option to fall back on. (See the healthier and delicious super bowl recipes below)
Have a snack before you head out to avoid overeating when you arrive. The best snack is one that has some protein and/or healthy fat to keep you satiated.
Check out what food is being offered before filling your plate. This way you can plan your plate to have a balance of protein, carbs, and vegetables.
Drink wisely. It’s okay to enjoy your drink of choice in moderation, but be sure to have lots of water throughout the night to stay hydrated and prevent you from confusing thirst for hunger.
Enjoy yourself. I am a true believer that all foods fit in moderation and special events and parties are an appropriate time to be a little more indulgent than usual. Just be sure to choose what is really special and not something you would have any other day.
Back to tip number three above, what are some healthier options you can make or bring with you? Here are 45+ of them to try!
This Rosemary-Roasted Tomato Pesto Pizza is made on a whole wheat crust and topped with a nut-free kale pesto lightened up with ricotta cheese, rosemary-roasted tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella cheese. A delicious and healthier way to enjoy pizza night at home.
Mushroom Onion Pesto Pizza is made on a whole wheat crust and topped with a nut-free kale pesto, mushrooms and onions sautéed with thyme, fresh mozzarella cheese, and a bit of parmesan. Finished off with a drizzle of truffle oil, this is one gourmet homemade pizza!
These quick and easy parmesan crisps make for a sophisticated hors d'oeuvres at a cocktail party or a delicious accompaniment to a soup or salad. With only two ingredients and less than 15 minutes from start to finish, there's no reason not to make these for your next gathering!
This lighter version of a classic Mexican street food is made with low-fat plain yogurt instead of mayonnaise to save on calories without sacrificing flavor. Serve as an appetizer with corn chips or as a side dish for your next Taco Tuesday.
These savory brown rice balls are crisp on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside. Filled with butternut squash, fresh sage, lemon zest, and Parmesan cheese, they are an indulgent side dish or hors d'oeuvre not to be missed!
This gluten-free and dairy-free Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili is filled with protein- and fiber-rich beans, vitamin C-rich vegetables, and antioxidant-rich herbs and spices. It will warm you up and nourish you throughout the cold days of winter.
Sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, parsnip, and cauliflower are roasted and tossed with whole wheat pasta and kale pesto in this hearty and nutritious one-bowl meal. A perfect way to celebrate the flavors of the fall season.
Sweet roasted red peppers and savory sun-dried tomatoes are the base of this creamy sauce that perfectly coats your favorite pasta. Ricotta cheese and chickpeas add a boost of calcium, protein, and fiber, making this a satiating meal that's quick and easy for those busy weeknights.
Hearty winter root vegetables go from side dish to main dish in this seasonal salad. Pomegranate seeds add a burst of color and flavor, plus nutrition. Top with sliced chicken breast or a sprinkling of goat cheese for some added protein.
This Citrus Fennel Salad is full of bright colors and flavors and packed with nutrition. Crunchy fennel, sweet and tangy Cara Cara oranges, creamy avocado, and peppery arugula are tossed with a light Champagne-lemon vinaigrette.
These rich and creamy chocolate peanut butter truffles are made with natural peanut butter, nonfat Greek yogurt, maple syrup, and dark chocolate. A decadent treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth, whether you have a special occasion to celebrate or not!