Are you hosting a Super Bowl Party? It’s time to get friends and family together for the big game while noshing on some high calorie comfort foods. Check out my healthier Super Bowl party ideas for some inspiration!
Exercise the morning of the event and eat a healthy breakfast including high protein and fiber rich foods such as some Maple Pumpkin Banana Overnight Oats, a Banana Flax Muffin in a Mug or a slice of Oatmeal Breakfast Pie. Think about organizing a pre-game tradition that incorporates some exercise such as a quick game of football outside. Get the kids and adults moving!
Keep portions small
This is one of the most important rules in your playbook.
It’s easy to overeat with so many available choices. Think ahead and plan to share or cut smaller pieces. Pick-up a salad or cocktail sized plate instead of a larger one. Try to model your meal after the portion plate. Find fruits and veggies to fill half your plate, a lean protein in one quarter and a healthy (preferably whole grain) starch in the last quarter.
Do not hang out near the buffet or dessert table
Choose wisely and move away. Indulge in good conversation or watch the game, not the buffet! Gum can work wonders to keep you from noshing after you are finished eating.
Limit your intake of alcohol
After each alcoholic beverage you consume, drink a tall glass of water. Stick with lighter versions of drinks like light beer, light hard lemonade or “skinny” mixers without added sugars. Wine spritzers are a great way to stretch your beverage calories.
The game plan:
Begin with protein packed, fiber-rich foods to help ward off hunger. Try serving pistachios in the shell. They are packed with protein and fiber, along with monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) They also take more time to eat which means more control over your portion size. And, you get approximately 30 pistachios for 100 calories! Make sure to leave out small bowls for the shells.
Looking for party dips? Try some Avocado, Tomato and Black Bean Salad or Buffalo Shrimp Dip served with cut up vegetables and baked whole grain crackers. For the chip crowd, serve organic whole grain tortilla chips and some Peach, Corn and Black Bean Salsa. Some other options include lentil, sprouted black bean or even quinoa chips. Do you like it hot? A little spice may slightly boost your metabolism to burn a few extra calories. Keep some sriracha or hot sauce handy to heat up your dishes.
How about trying a “hummus bar” by displaying small bowls of different flavored hummus varieties? There’s something for every taste. Serve with a large veggie platter for a nutrient packed snack.
For a great starter to kick off the meal, try some Gluten Free Spicy Chicken Tenders. They pack the flavor of hot wings with a fraction of the fat and calories found in this traditional Super Bowl favorite. Is pizza your family tradition? Top whole wheat tortillas with marinara sauce, veggies and 2% mozzarella cheese and bake on the oven rack. Slice and top with oregano and red pepper flakes for a high fiber, lower calorie appetizer. Is spicy more your style? Try some lightened-up Buffalo Chicken Flatbread and make enough to share.
Another new crowd pleaser is a chopped cabbage salad. Buy a kit and add extra veggies with less dressing. Enhance the flavors by adding mandarin oranges to an Asian flavored salad or bell peppers to a Mexican themed one.
For the main meal, keep it simple with a self-serve one pot dish that can be revisited throughout the game. Try some Turkey Chili packed with protein and fiber that will fill you up and keep your cravings at bay.
Don’t forget about dessert! Think small! Bite sized treats allow everyone to have several tastes without going overboard on sugar. Serve some Banana Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins or chocolate dipped fruit. They keep portion sizes under control and are sure to be a hit. Try this delicious Apple Quinoa Bake with no added sugar. It’s also gluten free and vegan to offer something for everyone. Don’t forget a beautiful fruit bowl with the colors of the rainbow for a sweet ending.
Please share your Super Bowl favorites in the comments below: