Healthy eating for the big game

Everyone wants to enjoy spending time with friends while watching the Super Bowl. It might take a little effort to keep healthy eating on track while you watch the game, but it is well worth it. Read on for tips to help you feel better and have extra energy by making healthier choices and being mindful of portion control.

Don’t save up for the splurge:

  • While it may seem tempting to “bank” calories all day to save room for the pre-game spread, this strategy almost always backfires. Ultimately, you will end up being overly hungry, eating much too quickly and feeling stuffed as a result. Start your day as you normally would by eating balanced meals on your regular schedule.

Bring a healthy dish to pass:

  • Bring a fresh fruit tray with a yogurt dip or veggie tray with a healthy dip, such as salsa, guacamole or hummus.

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  • Instead of grazing over all the choices available, put your food on a plate and make it a meal. Choose fresh fruit alongside healthy protein choices, like cheese and crackers, kabobs, hummus or a bean-filled salad.

Enjoy your food in moderation

  • : Survey the options, choose your favorite foods and pick a few new things you’d like to try. Be aware of your fullness level and make an effort to stop before you become overly full. You will better enjoy the rest of your event and feel your best when you’re comfortable and not too stuffed.
  • Moderate alcohol intake for men is two drinks per day and one drink per day for women. Try having a glass or bottle of water between each alcoholic drink to pace your alcohol intake.

Nancy Ernst is a Gundersen Health System registered dietitian

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