Friday, February 4, 2011

Don't Fumble Your Diet During the Superbowl

Beer. Nachos. Chili. Hot wings. You can pretty much bet that these football staples will be joining you if you're watching the Superbowl this weekend. Not that there's anything wrong them in moderation, but what are the odds that moderation will be on anyone's mind through all the Superbowl excitement? Not to worry, we've thought about this in advance for you so you don't have to. So just relax, enjoy the game and have a great time this weekend without feeling guilty or packing on the pounds when it's all over!

Everyone loves a good hearty chili during the Superbowl, so why not up the nutritional value and flavour while cutting back on the fat and calories? It's a win-win. Simply substitute ground beef for some lean ground turkey and be sure to throw in a wide variety of high-fibre beans and diced vegetables for added flavour and texture. Each spoonful will be brimming with goodness, in addition to tons of lean protein and fibre, which will keep you full and satisfied the whole game through. If you like it hot, throw in some chillies or hot sauce. A sprinkling of cheese is totally fine, too, just go easy on it! Choosing a more pungent variety allows you to use less while getting a mouthful of flavour in each bite.

What's a Superbowl party without wings? They're so little that you wouldn't expect it, but there are few things as high in calories and saturated fat as these little suckers. Try making your own using skinless chicken thighs in some Tex-Mex or barbecue seasoning, brushed with low-calorie barbecue sauce and hot sauce. More meat (i.e. protein), more flavour, and way (I cant stress this one enough) less calories and artery-clogging fat. Of course, pair these puppies with a veggie platter loaded with celery, carrot sticks, diced peppers and anything else that will satisfy your munchy cravings. Even if paired with ranch, this combo is so much better for you than chips!

Nachos are regulars at Superbowl parties. They can be done a number of ways, but if you want to make them a little healthier, just load them up with the healthy chili ideas noted above. Bake them in the oven to melt a little cheese all over them and you'll be more than satisfied!

And finally - beer. There's nothing wrong with 1-2 drinks per day in moderation if you're healthy, but going overboard is never a good idea. Not only does alcohol make you hungrier and more likely to munch on high-fat foods, it also helps you lose track of exactly how many drinks you've had. Try alternating your drinks with a full glass of water and snack on veggie sticks to keep your cravings at bay.

If you really want to stick with your diet and lifestyle resolutions, there are always solutions to sticky situations like parties. It just takes motivation and a little creativity, but staying on track is more than worth it in the long haul!