It’s no secret–the EAGLES are going to the Super Bowl!!
For the first time in 13 years, our city will be on the big stage and, with the grace of God, will take home a big W and the streets of Philadelphia will be lined with crowds of people celebrating, chanting E-A-G-L-E-S until our voices are lost and….ok, sorry, I got carried away. I promise I had a point to make.
Regardless of who wins the Super Bowl, one thing is for sure–there will be food, LOTS OF FOOD, and most (if not all) will not do our waistlines and energy any justice.
BUT there are a few ways YOU can WIN Super Bowl Sunday and it can start now–a whole week before the big event.
Be hostess with the mostess
What if you surprised your guests with a variety of food they normally wouldn’t get at a Super Bowl party? You know, the wings, pizza, chips, pretzels, cheesesteaks (because, Philly) that are just as common to the game as are the commercials.
A few years ago, my fiance and I hosted a Super Bowl party and our menu consisted of BBQ ribs, gluten free pasta salad with tons of fresh veggies (pictured), a massive homemade roasted turkey sub with fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers, and a basil pesto, popcorn (my fave), and some cookies for dessert. Oh yeah, and Doritos because what is a Super Bowl without Doritos??
The great thing about this menu was that it wasn’t the normal food offered at a party, so our guests enjoyed the variety, and I had an easy time eating because with the exception of the bread on the hoagie (I made it into a salad instead) I was able to eat everything offered. Also, I wasn’t the only one with a gluten allergy, and one of our guests was a vegetarian, so the assortment we provided met the needs and tastes of everyone. Win-win.
…Or be the best party guest
Chances are, you will be attending a Super Bowl party at someone’s house. If that’s the case, you will not have total control over what food is being served since you are not the host. However, you can be an awesome party guest by offering to bring a dish or two to the party–and make it a healthy dish.
You may be thinking, “No one will want to eat a salad while pounding beers” and this may be true, however, when we eat, we naturally crave different textures and flavors. So if the menu consists of chicken wings, pizza, burgers, and chips, our tastebuds will crave something cold, refreshing, and sweet to off-set the spicy, salty, hot foods. Therefore, your spinach salad with strawberries, almonds, goat cheese, and (yes) bacon pieces will be a huge hit.
Raw veggies with hummus is a great pick-food to pass around, and if you want something more hearty, make a simple soup or chili that is full of protein and low on carbs and sugar.
Walk away from the food
Whether we are hungry or not, we will eat food if it is sitting in front of us. The best way to avoid 5 hours worth of picking on snacks is to simply remove them from your eyesight and reach. While it makes sense to keep all of the chips and pretzels on the coffee table near the couch so that people can snack without getting up, it is a perfect recipe for derailing all of the clean eating and healthy habits you keep all week. So, if you are the host, keep all of the food on a table, or in the kitchen away from the tv. If you are not hosting the party, do your best to sit away from the snacks, or offer to move them to a better location away from the tv to prevent spills.
And by this I mean WATER. Another mindless activity while watching the game is drinking beers, and before you know it, 6 are gone before the end of the quarter. Stay hydrated by drinking water in between your beers (or whichever alcoholic beverage you favor) which will also help off-set all of those salty chips, wings, and Doritos. This will help you avoid the dreaded Monday hangover (because Super Bowl Monday is STILL not a holiday?!) and prevent unnecessary bloating.
Well, football lovers, I hope this left you with some inspiration before next week’s game to be the true winner of the group. May you focus more on the game, commercials, and people surrounding you than the refreshments provided…but should you consume alcohol of any kind, please drink responsibly.