You have all heard me say this before, our family loves football. From a husband who coaches football to growing up in a “football family,” bottom line….no matter the involved teams or outcome….yes, it is a given that we will be watching the Super Bowl on Sunday. With that said, we also love food but we always try to give our gathering a bit of a healthier spin. Score! Follow these tips below, they are subtle I promise, and heck, no one will even notice that you are creating a healthier party! Touchdown!
Create a Food-Free Space: Create a food-free space where those you are watching the game with can mingle. Studies show that when food is nearby and visible, it increases your chances of eating that food. It’s the old “out of sight, out of mind” principle. Keeping snacks in another room will help everyone save calories. Plus not having the bowl of chips in front of the TV will curb mindless eating.
Offer Low-Calorie Foods First: Instead of bringing out the chicken wings right away, offer lower-calorie foods during the first half of the game, such as a spread of fresh veggies and a low fat dip. Studies also show that when you’re hungry, you’re more likely to choose and over eat starchy foods. And other studies have found that people tend to eat the largest quantity of the foods they eat first. You’ll still be able to enjoy the classic Super Bowl foods, but you won’t eat as much of them since you filled up on the healthy stuff first.
Give Classic Super Bowl Recipes a Healthy Spin: Chips, dips, wings and pizza are a few Super Bowl foods that you may not want to go without, even if you’re throwing a healthy Super Bowl party. It’s pretty easy to make even the unhealthiest of foods better for you by making a few simple swaps. Use nonfat Greek yogurt in place of sour cream for creamy dips. Opt for cooking Buffalo-marinated chicken tenders instead of chicken wings: you’ll still get that finger-licking yumminess that wings offer while slashing your intake of saturated fat and sodium. And skip the local pizza delivery; instead, make your own healthier and tastier pizza at home. You can make the dough ahead, leaving just the topping and baking for game day.
Trick Your Guests: Downsize serving bowls from large to medium. One study found that people serving themselves from a large bowl took 77% more food than those using a medium-size bowl. Serve up the tortilla chips in a medium bowl rather than a large one. Same goes for the guacamole: serve that in a small bowl. You can always refill it if you need to. Also, offer your guests small plates rather than large ones. Why? We all have a tendency to load our plates. Studies show that smaller plates will visually trick your guests into thinking they’re getting more food than they are.
So no matter which team you will be cheering on, no matter your favorite commercial, keep these tips in mind and you will be sure to have a guilt-free party! Enjoy the rest of your week and remember….Be Well South Dakota!