By Dacia Andrist, RDN, LD
Super bowl Sunday is fast approaching. Don’t let the big game sabotage your New Year’s resolutions. Try these winning tips for success.
Dominate your Pre-game
Fuel up. Consume a well-balanced breakfast. Eating a high protein and fiber rich breakfast can help head off hunger, which can make it much easier to make healthier choices.
Pre-game warm up. One good choice can lead to another. Getting some exercise and breaking a sweat can help deter over-eating.
The best offense is a good defense. Plan on foods/beverages that can help you combat the temptation to over indulge. You may not know what other guests will bring to the party but you can control what you contribute! Bring a dish that everyone can enjoy without the guilt. (Think turkey chili, baked chicken wings or a black bean and corn salsa).
Stun your opponents. Lighten up a fan favorite by substituting healthier ingredients. Try this lightened up buffalo chicken dip.
Navigate the field. Take some time to scope out the food/beverages available. Look for fresh fruits and/or vegetables that can help fill you up. Assess which foods are worth the calorie splurge and which ones you can skip.
Hydrate. Drinking a glass of water with meals can help reduce overall food intake. Bonus: if you stick with water you can avoid a significant amount of sugar and empty calories that are hidden in punches, juices, sodas, etc.
Go with your gut. Eat slowly and savor every bite of food that you eat. Be aware and listen to your body’s hunger and fullness cues.
Refuse to lose. Undoubtedly you are going to eat some foods that you generally avoid. Remember that the key is to indulge in moderation and don’t let one day derail your progress towards your healthy eating goals!