Don't Blow Your Weight Resolutions on Football! Tips for a Winning and Healthy Football Party
Information provided by the American Dietetic Association: Your Link to Nutrition & Health
The beginning of a new year is usually filled with food, festivities and fun - not to mention football. In January, Americans ring in the New Year, make resolutions (with at least one resolution including weight loss) and watch the last of the college bowl games and the big Super Bowl game.
Fans, you don't have to blow your New Year's resolutions days after vowing to adhere to your goals. You can have a great time watching the games without fumbling your diet.
Party hosts, help your guests keep their New Year's resolutions. Serve your fellow fans fresh vegetables with a low-fat yogurt dip, fruit kabobs, pizza topped with loads of vegetables like mushrooms, onions, green pepper and spinach, popcorn, pretzels with mustard dip, hummus with pita chips, baked tortilla chips and salsa, whole-grain breads and a variety of lean meats for sandwiches.
- Have a small snack before going out or just watching the game on TV. Going to a party hungry often results in overeating.
- Stick to a strategy for eating; don't let your eating be dictated by the pace of the game.
- Fill up on nutrient-dense foods like fruits, veggies and grains.
- Make just one trip to the party buffet.
- Use a plate for even the smallest snack. You'll eat less.
- Moderate your alcohol intake. Alcohol causes blood sugar to drop, which leads to hunger.
Snack on popcorn, pretzels with mustard dip, baked tortilla chips and salsa, apple slices and low-fat caramel dip.
You'll score points with your guests and help guarantee your get-together will be a hit right up until the final whistle.