Originally published February 6, 2016
The BIG GAME is Sunday and everyone is excited about the matchup between the Broncos and the Panthers! However, the real matchup is YOU vs FOOD during your Super Bowl festivities.
At the start of the year, you made a goal to lose weight, change your eating habits, exercise more, etc. Now, it’s time for the BIG GAME and you’ll be faced with lots of temptation regarding your food choices. For many, while in the beginning stages of changing your diet, out of sight, out of mind works really well; but what do you do when you’re staring all the foods you love face to face?
I’ve composed a few tips to help you survive the day.
- Don’t go to the party hungry. Eat a nutritious meal prior to going to the party. You’ll be less likely to overindulge on the fatty, sugary options.
- Drink plenty of water. Drinking water will help keep you full and prevent you from overeating.
- Limit alcohol intake. Alcohol is filled with lots of empty calories. If you must drink beer or other alcoholic beverages, consume a bottle of water between drinks. The water will make you feel full and in turn drink less.
- Eat in moderation. Don’t feel bad if you have a few of the high fat snacks you enjoy. If you do decide to indulge, just limit your proportions.
- Take a healthy dish to the party. Find a healthy version of your favorite food and let that be your contribution to the party. No one will know they’re eating the healthy version unless you tell them 😉
Below are a couple of recipes to try:
Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip
A quick and easy creamy ranch dip that is completely guilt-free and tastes just as indulgent as the original!
YIELD: about 1 cup PREP TIME: 3 minutes COOK TIME: 0 minutes TOTAL TIME: 3 minutes
- 1 cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
- 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Fresh, chopped chives garnish
- In a medium bowl, stir together all of the ingredients: Greek yogurt, garlic, onion, dill, salt, Worcestershire, and cayenne. Garnish with fresh chives and serve.
Recipe Source: wellplated.com
Debdoozie’s Blue Ribbon Chili
Prep 10 m Cook 1 h Ready In 1 h 10 m
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 2 1/2 cups tomato sauce
- 1 (8 ounce) jar salsa
- 4 tablespoons chili seasoning mix
- 1 (15 ounce) can light red kidney beans
- 1 (15 ounce) can dark red kidney beans
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the ground beef and the onion and sauté for 10 minutes, or until meat is browned and onion is tender. Drain grease, if desired.
- Add the ground black pepper, garlic salt, tomato sauce, salsa, chili seasoning mix and kidney beans. Mix well, reduce heat to low and simmer for at least an hour.
Recipe Source: allrecipes.com
**To make this chili healthier, use the leanest cut of beef, turkey (my preference), or chicken. Use low/no sodium canned goods. Use a fresh salsa vs jarred. Aldi sells a delicious fresh salsa if there is one located in your area.
I hope you find these tips useful as you prepare for the BIG GAME. If you try any of the tips or the recipes, please let me know what you think.