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Seven Super Bowl Substitutions: Healthier Ways to Enjoy the Game

February 1, 2014

Being at the Super Bowl is an awesome experience, and if you are so lucky to go this year, be sure to bundle up and take in all the festivities. However, if you are like the majority of us, you will be watching it at home, at a party, or at a restaurant. Super Bowl is more than just a game; it’s an entire extravaganza involving long awaited commercials, spending time with ones we care about, and food of course! The food situation at Super Bowl events can be a bit overwhelming and lead to over consumption. I thought today would be a great day to write about a few healthy Super Bowl substitutions but still allow you enjoy the game and the company.


  1. Chips. Usually served in a ginormous bowl, portion control is out of bounds. Instead of serving chips, serve up a nice veggie tray. The bottomless bowl of veggies is a much better option over chips. Broccoli, carrots, peppers, and celery provide the crispy, crunchy sensation. This nutrient dense option will fill your tummy but not your waistline.


  1. Dips. Pull the cheesy spreads out of the game and put in hummus, Greek yogurt based dips, fresh salsa and guacamole. I say fresh because it will likely have less sodium. Get in your healthy fats from the guacamole, some added protein from a Greek yogurt based dip, and some veggies from the hummus and salsa.


  1. Wings. Go naked! That’s right – forgo the skin, and grill up some naked tenders. If that is a little too extreme, start with serving them with sauce on the side.


  1. Drinks. Get rid of the pop (or soda, I am from the Midwest – we say pop J). Instead serve up unsweetened teach, sparkling water, and good old- fashioned water.


  1. Alcohol. For every beer, follow it with a glass of water.  I learned this method from Dr. Jade Teta, founder of Metabolic Effect. Enjoy your treat, but keep it in check.


  1. Bread. Instead of a bun for your burger, try wrapping it in lettuce. Too extreme, no problem, pick up a pack of P28 High Protein Flatbreads or Trader Joe’s Sprouted Whole Wheat Bread.


  1. Meat. Go lean! Bison, 99% lean ground turkey, or 99% lean grass fed beef are great options to make your dishes healthier!


I tried to keep this simple, quick, and an effective way to make game day a bit healthier but still just as tasty! And if there is a special treat, just keep it in moderation. Last year, while in NOLA for the big game, you better believe I went to Café Du Monde with Jim to have some beignets!


Enjoy the game tomorrow!

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