Whether you’re an avid football fan super, in it for the commercials or halftime show or really just there for the party, Super Bowl Sunday probably means something to you. And it’s not traditionally the Skinniest of holidays either (but let’s be real — which one is?). Amidst the tatte-rtot kabobs, chicken fingers, hot wings and pitchers of beers, you still can find yourself enjoying the day — without expanding your waistline and hating yourself Monday. Here’s a few tips.
Healthy Football Drinks
I don’t know why sports and drinking are such a notorious combination, but they just are! It’s not like it’s standard to kick back and watch the big game with a latte, right? Super Bowl Sunday is a booze fest for the most part — a dangerous situation considering the platters of footbal-food that are within arms reach. So in addition to remembering to stay hydrated in-between cocktails with a booze-free beverage, here are a few picks that are a little on the lighter side…
- 5oz Bloody Mary – 116 calories
- 5oz Mimosa – 92 calories
- 5oz Skinny Mimosa – 72 calories
- 12oz Coors Light– 104 calories
- 12oz Bud Light – 110 calories
- 12oz Bud Select – 99 calories
- 12oz Amstel Light – 95 calories
- 12oz Non-Alcoholic Beer – 60 calories
- 9oz GameDay SkinnyTini (a.k.a. “don’t knock it ‘till you try it”). Equal parts light beer, white wine and diet sprite – 85 calories
Healthy Football Snacks
Football food is tough because it’s so yummy! Items are usually bite size and they look so small, how could just one more really matter? Then you have a few drinks in you and all of a sudden you just don’t care and you’re down a few thousand calories before you know it. The worst fumble of them all. You’re best line of defense here is having a strong offense; eat healthy at home before you go. Not being hungry is the best way to outwit the sneaky football treats. But if you really must dig in, here are your best options:
- Grilled Fish Tacos (1 taco) – 165 calories (no avocado or sauce)
- Rice & Beans (1/2 cup each) – 225 calories
- Chips & Salsa (10 chips, 1/4 cup salsa) – 100 calories
- Cheese Pizza (1 thin crust slice) – 190 calories
- Turkey Chili (1 cup) – 220 calories
- French Fries (2.5 oz) – 230 calories
- Mini Beef Slider (1 burger) – 250 calories
- 1.8oz Grilled Chicken Strips (1 piece) – 67 calories
- 1.8oz Fried Chicken Strip (1 piece) – 120 calories
- Buffalo Wings (1 wingy) – 90 calories
If you’re cooking this Sunday, here are a few things to take a look at:
- Skinny Stuffed Potatoes (I’m making these!)
- 15 Min Veggie Meatball Kabobs
- Heirloom Tomatoes with Parsley Chive Lemon Pesto
- Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
- Cauliflower Pizza Crust and Veggie Pizza
- Skinny Tacos from Color Yourself Skinny
Skinny Superbowl Tricks
Knowing what to eat and drink will put you in pretty good shape for your Super Bowl Sunday Funday, but here are just a few last tips that will ensure you stay at the top of your game all season long:
- Makes sure you beef up your regular Sunday exercise to make room for these extra calories. The game does not start until late in the afternoon on the west coast so we have plenty of time in the morning to get in 60 min of cardio and burn 450-600 calories! Using that hour wisely means you could enjoy 2 guilt free light beers, 2 fish tacos and chips and salsa, what deal!
- If you are watching at a friends house, bring a football to toss around in the yard during half time. Not only will this keep you from munching down 300 extra calories and chugging back a few more beers, it will get you up and moving. Always a great way to monitor your alcohol consumption. You may realize more food and drink is the last thing you need, plus, you can burn up to 150 calories!
- Chew gum. After your meal, but gum in your mouth. If you get bubble gum, it can cure a sweet tooth, it’s good for your choppers and makes it impossible to put any other solid food in your mouth!
- Challenge your fellow football buddies to a little Game Day Fitness Challenge. Burpees for each field goal, push-ups for touchdowns, crunches for first downs, you get the picture, right? Super fun!
What’s your favorite Healthy Super Bowl Sunday Tradition?
Or if there are none, what would you like to start?
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