Healthy tips from a Registered Dietitian
This SuperBowl Sunday, try some tasty and nutritious treats while you enjoy the big game. For many of us, SuperBowl has come to represent large portions of not-so-healthy fare. While not a big deal if you can manage portion size well and only occasionally indulge (rather than at every party or every family event), it can be challenging to maintain good health without a good plan.
Planning means knowing your needs and wants and balancing them to find peace with your relationship with food. When it comes to SuperBowl planning, you can simply plan on how you are going to balance your plate.
Visualize dividing your plate into portions, with one fourth from protein, one fourth from starch and half from fruit and non-starchy veggies. If you show up to your friend’s house and all the proteins are fried or high calorie, keep that in check when building your plate. If you are in charge of the menu, be sure to offer a good selection of healthful items so plate balance is easily attainable.
If you will be the host tonight, reconsider the bucket of fried chicken and trays of cookies and brownies. The more you can plan the (healthy) menu ahead, the better your chances of meeting your nutrition goals. Consider some of the following snack and meal ideas for your SuperBowl dinner tonight and feel good that you don’t feel guilty later:
SuperBowl, like other festive events, can be a fun time that does not have to wreak havoc on your waistline. What you eat can be enjoyable and healthy at the same time – especially when you keep portions under control.