5 Tips for Superbowl Sunday — How to Indulge, not Bulge

It’s like Halloween for adults — 155 Billion Calories. That is how many calories will be consumed on Super Bowl Sunday.  

Whether you are going to a party or staying home, here are five Super Bowl eating tips.

1. One of my favorite sayings is to make your calories count. On Super Bowl Sunday this is key. If you are staying home, you are in complete control of what treats you have. Get only the things you really love. If you are going to a party or bar, when you arrive, take a quick inventory of what food is available. Choose only your absolute favorites, and INDULGE! (I will not be eating Pringles, but may eat my weight in pizza, or Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Macadamia!)

2. Use a small plate for your food. So many studies are out now that say if your eye perceives a small amount of food, your brain will tell your stomach that you are not satisfied. A reasonable portion on a regular size plate may not look like a satisfying amount, but a reasonable portion on a small plate can trick the eye and brain so that the signal to the stomach is that you are getting enough food to satisfy your hunger. This works great for kids too!

3. Before you go, eat a small healthy snack at home. Sometimes we think that we should “save” our calories until the party, so we don’t eat anything all day. When we show up, we are starving and go crazy on the food. If you have a healthy snack before you go, you won’t pig out right when you arrive. If you are staying home, don’t start eating your Super Bowl cupcakes for breakfast. Decide on a time frame that you will have your treats out.

4. Indulge in your favorite treats within the first 30 minutes of the “party”. Be mindful and recognize when you are full. Chances are your faves will be higher in calories and higher in fat, so they will really fill you up fast. For the next four hours or so, everyone will be sitting around the television munching, mindless munching. You will already have eaten your favorites (and have that full feeling), but if you want to munch make veggies your mindless munching choice. Guacamole and salsa with carrots would be a good choice, and most parties are going to have a fruit plate or a veggie tray (or you bring one, so you know there is a healthy option).

5. Seat strategy: choose your seat so that it is across the room from the coffee table loaded with treats. You may not want to walk across the room in front of everyone.

Go Team! Yea Food

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