As the big game approaches, many of us are getting ready to either host or attend a big party. In addition to watching the game, many Americans eat about the same amount of calories as they would on Thanksgiving due to all of the greasy food, beer, and high calorie dips. This inspired our latest blog post that can help your waistline while still having a great time.
1. Watch for hidden calories in your drinks! Alcohol has 7 calories per gram, which is more than carbohydrates that have 4 calories per gram. One easy tip is to set a limit before you start, whether your drinking pop, beer, or mixed drinks, they can all add up to a lot of calories if you’re not careful.
2. Look out for dips! A lot of dips have tons of calories, and traditional super bowl favorites such as ranch and blue cheese dressings are not going to help the waistline. Not to even mention sour cream and nacho cheese. Instead of going with all of the unhealthy condiments, opt for hummus, fat free Greek yogurt dips, or homemade salsa. If you leave them on the side, it will also help with portion control as opposed to pouring it on before (think nachos).
3. Watch the Chips! In addition to a lot of fat, chips are also high in salt. If you need to have chips, opt for baked instead of deep fried, and try to find something with lower sodium. Having a veggie tray or pretzels can be a good alternative or fillers on your plate.
4. Make your own food! Highly processed foods are typically higher in fat and sodium than if you made them yourself. Using less cheese and greasy toppings is also helpful. Plus it could be a fun family activity to make pizza’s or wings before the game.
Hopefully these simple and relatively pain free tips will help you save a few calories…or a few extra workouts trying to burn it off! If you would like more information, please email us at email@example.com