Eat Like a Champion

Healthy tips and recipes for Sunday's big game
Friday, February 5, 2016 - 8:14am

It’s the second biggest food consumption day of the year, surpassed only by Thanksgiving. Typical pigskin party fare packs in around 2,500 calories — more than most people should consume in a single day.

Follow these tips to manage your waistline and maintain your health during the big game.

Healthy Food Swaps

  • Skip calorie-packed cocktails and opt for a healthy and delicious mocktail. These non-alcoholic concoctions are full of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Ditch the macaroni and cheese and try this zucchini, tomato & parmesan pasta. It can be served hot or cold and it packs a nutritional punch.
  • Buffalo chicken dip is a game day staple, but it’s filled with fat and calories. Try this skinny Buffalo chicken dip and your guests won’t know the difference.
  • Make salad fun and serve it on a stick with Caprese skewers
  • Buffalo cauliflower bites help curb the deep-fried chicken wing craving without sacrificing flavor. 
  • Kale chips are full of nutrients and offer the same satifying crunch as potato chips.

Tips to Avoid Overeating

  • Eat a balanced meal before the party 
  • Choose snacks high in fiber and protein to keep you full longer
  • Use a smaller plate for portion control
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat slowly
  • Practice mindful eating and be aware of everything you consume

Check out RPCI’s Pinterest board, Eat Drink & Be Healthy, for more game day recipes, tips and ideas!