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iStock_000027832406SmallThe Super Bowl is just days away. This means you’ll probably be eating a lot of snacks while watching the Denver Broncos battle the Seattle Seahawks for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. It’s possible to have a fun Super Bowl Sunday and still maintain a healthy diet. Here are a few tips for not blowing your New Year’s resolution to lose weight while still celebrating football’s biggest day:

Don’t sit around and watch 12 hours of pre-game coverage. If you know you’re going to indulge during the game (and who doesn’t?!), be proactive and exercise earlier in the day. Take a walk, go for a short run, lift some weights, or even clean the house. Anything is better than just sitting. Make sure you eat a sensible breakfast and lunch. Eating like normal will help stave off the “hungries” so you don’t go berserk when you hit the party buffet.

Make sensible swaps. Make your own guacamole instead of buying pre-made. You can save a ton of calories, and the dip will taste better anyway. Instead of only dipping chips in the guac, reach for carrot sticks. You’ll save a ton of calories. Another easy swap is to choose light beer over the darker, full calorie versions. Or if you can’t fathom going the light route, simply cut back on the amount of beer you consume. Remember, water is always best. Eat your calories, don’t drink them.

Pizza and the Super Bowl go hand-in-hand. And that’s okay. Just don’t overdo it. Choose a slim crust, skip the meat and pile on the veggies. Go easy on the cheese, too.

Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are performing during this year’s half-time extravaganza. Both bands make music that was meant for dancing! Get up, jump around, talk with guests at your party or even do sit-ups if you’re so inclined. Getting up in the middle of the game will help you burn a couple calories and aid in food digestion.

Finally, relax. It is okay to cut loose, eat some foods you love and have a great time. Just get back to your healthy habits on Monday morning!

 

Written by Bethany Lutheran Village

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