It is Super Bowl time, the great American tradition of junk food, beer, and overindulgence. When it comes to participating in the Super Bowl, the main challenge is going off of your usual wellness routine. Whether you are a guest or the party planner, it is important to visualize and plan for the event. Splurging, also known as indulging, can be a mindful practice, especially if you have not participated or allowed yourself to do so in a while. Balance and moderation are the keys to success.
If you are the party planner offer 1-2 indulgences at your party. This year the New England Patriots are playing the Philadelphia Eagles so maybe have some fun with regional foods.
If you are rooting for the New England Patriots you might serve:
Peel and Eat Shrimp – This is a high in protein and easy to serve, make and eat; a win win for everyone.
Salmon Burgers -Salmon burgers can provide a healthier version of the traditional higher saturated fat burgers.
Crab Legs -crab legs are easy to prepare and serve. Make sure to keep them outside; they do get messy!
Clam Chowder can be made ahead and kept in a crock pot. This is one recipe that may be easily tweaked for a healthier option.
If your team is the Philadelphia Eagles try serving:
Philly Cheesesteak – this is traditionally made with a hoagie roll, steak, and provolone cheese. It also may have onions, mushrooms, and peppers. You can easily offer this in a buffet style so everyone can customize it.
Soft Pretzel and cheese dip- this traditional favorite is a great finger food. Adding a variety of dips that are veggie based provide more nutrition and put your on personal flair to the dish. Minimizing the portion into pretzel bites provide a smaller portion that is a good fit for all of us!
Roast pork sandwich – usually served on an Italian roll with sharp provolone, add veggies like caramelized onions or grilled peppers to make it healthier
Buffets make it easier for guests to stay on their routine by picking the items that work for them. Add additional veggies to the buffet, including multiple color peppers, onions, olives, mushrooms, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and fermented pickles encourage your guests to eat more produce. It could also be a salad bar! Condiments that are single serve may prevent overindulging. You can also serve smaller portions, think sliders!
Make sure to plan ahead when consuming alcohol. See below for guidelines.
Use the tools and resources that support your wellness goals during celebrations and rely on Weigh to Wellness Denver for support!