Bet you can’t wait for Super Bowl Sunday… Great food, friends, family and, of course, the game, make this Sunday a special weekend for football fans everywhere.
But foods that are traditionally eaten on Super Bowl Sunday, like chicken wings, chili, chips, and dipping sauces, can quickly add up the calories.
Average Super Bowl Meal: 3,000 calories or more
According to an article in Daily Mail, Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day of food consumption in the US after Thanksgiving, and the buffet-style meal can make an afternoon of snacking seem harmless to your waistline.
But beware! Eating and drinking foods like beer, hot dogs, fried chicken wings, beef sliders and snacks can quickly amount to 3,000 calories or more. If you ever wanted to eat mindfully, Super Bowl Sunday would be a great day to start.
Try to eat and drink mindfully
Mindful eating allows you to focus on the what, when and why of the foods you consume. It involves staying aware of what you eat and drink by simply paying attention to your body and your food choices.
Try these five tips to help you avoid the extra calories during the Super Bowl:
- Plan on eating the healthy stuff. Look for the baked chips and skip the dip. Eat the vegetables (carrots, celery, etc.) that are tasty and fun to consume. Sounds like a no-brainer but it really makes sense to plan on what you will eat.
- Sit down when you eat. When you sit to eat you’re more mindful. Try to avoid grazing at the buffet all day and into the night.
- Go easy on alcoholic beverages. Super Bowl activities start early with pre-game festivities and, of course, the commercials beginning around noon. Drinking too much can shorten your day and fun.
- Limit the mindless snacking. Only snack when you feel hungry rather than when you are bored and needing something to do.
- Avoid over indulging in junk food. Your body will thank you the next day if you limit the intake of Super Bowl favorites that are high in calories, sugar, salt, and fat.
Super Bowl Sunday is a great time to have fun and launch a healthy eating and drinking goal for 2017. So enjoy the game and plan to eat and drink mindfully, the CraveMate way.