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Published on January 26, 2015

Healthy Eating on Super Bowl Sunday

Healthy Eating on Super Bowl Sunday

Chicken NachosSuper Bowl Sunday isn’t just about the game. It’s become one of the most celebrated days of the year, a reason for social gatherings and nirvana for Madison Avenue advertising executives and creative directors. And the half time shows have become full-scale entertainment spectacles.

Game day has also become one of the biggest eating days of the year. In fact, the average Super Bowl viewer eats a day’s worth of calories during the game, which lasts about four hours.

Worried that Super Bowl Sunday will derail your New Year’s resolution of losing a few pounds and getting in shape? “It’s unlikely that one day of overeating will ruin a diet or fitness program,” says Andrea Adams RD, lead clinical dietician at PIH Health Hospital – Downey. “With a little discretion, it is possible to eat healthy, whether you’re more interested in watching the Seahawks and the Patriots battle for NFL supremacy or Katy Perry entertain during half time.”

According to Adams, fans watching their calorie intake should monitor their portion sizes by deciding what foods they really would like to eat and then sticking to small portions of just those dishes. Look for healthy options, such as vegetable plates. And don’t forget to drink water and limit alcohol intake.

Feeling like you have to take something along to the Super Bowl Party? Here is a chicken nacho recipe that provides a healthy option to traditional football fare such as hot wings, chips, hot dogs and brats.

Eat healthy and enjoy the game!

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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