The 46th Super Bowl will take place on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at Lucas Oil Stadium. While the New England Patriots
Huddle up, your official Healthy Heyday Referee is here to get this game started! No coin toss, this is your health were talking about! Now IS the time to bench fattening favorites like grease loaded pizza, burgers, wings, and fries. This year we will be cheering (and eating) raw, raw, raw! There is no need to be a benchwarmer or sit on the sidelines and miss out on good, tasty, healthy fare. Whether exciting or dreadfully boring, football games are conducive to snacking on chips. Careful: One large handful of Chex Mix or other snack mix can run you 390 calories. Draft alternates such as kale chips, corn chips, veggie crackers or flax crackers. Instead of salty, fat laden nuts serve pistachios in their shell. The shelling ritual slows you down, and one handful (or ounce) has fewer than 200 calories. Dipping is dangerous. A handful of chips and a 1/2 cup of seven-layer dip is 477 calories. But celery (or other raw veggies) and guacamole contains a little more than 100 calories per serving. Sure, the dip provides flavor, but use those vegetables; they’re not just garnish. Dips figure prominently in game day noshing, think salsa, hummus, veggie dips and spreads to bring the caloric score within range. Super bowls of deliciousness!
To many, pepperoni and sausage pizzas taste pretty darn good, but meat toppings are nutritional interceptions, with just one slice approaching 400 calories. A small, thin-crust pizza with a vegetable topping scores in fewer than 200 calories; seek out a gluten and wheat free crust. For the extra point, why not go all the way and make a raw veggie pizza? Or, trade that foot-long sandwich for a veggie wrap or a raw veggie sandwich. No Super Bowl would be complete without a great salad, or two. Here are my picks – Confetti Salad, Chopped Salad and Kitchen Sink Salad.
Cheering your team on is thirsty business. Again, pace yourself. If suds is your swill of choice, limit your intake to 1 a quarter. And don’t drink and drive. Enough said.
Pass on the football-shaped cakes and cookies. Your team’s trophy, and avoiding a “football” where your six-pack should be, are the real rewards here. Celebrate your teams victory with a bowl of fresh fruit or one of my favorite treats raw brownies. It’s a toss up between Julie Morris’ No Bake Brownies or Raw Judita’s Mexican Spiced Brownies. I think I’ll make both! They both score big in our household and are usually followed by a victory dance when I include them in the lineup (menu).
Don’t get “sacked” before the game even begins by whipping up expensive, fancy appetizers. Save your time and energy for cheering on your team. These are sure to score with your guests and will not disappoint! In no time they’ll be doing “the wave!” The Patriots/Giants Super Bowl should be a good one and if you aren’t into football, don’t worry, you can still enjoy tasty food! The food and commercials are the most important part of Super Bowl Sunday anyways, right? Just remember, there won’t be a penalty flag if you don’t eat constantly from the first play until double overtime! Plan an effective strategy — by-“pass” excessive food intakes and avoid penalties which keep you from moving toward the goal line — and you’ll score a successful Super Bowl “Game Plan for Healthy Eating.”
Tackle temptation and score big! Get in the game!