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It's Game Time: Healthy Super Bowl Food Options

January 30, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Let’s face it, football is a HUGE deal to many people, none more so than right here in the Palmetto State. And once again, we’re approaching the big day, when the NFL's two top teams face off. As you plan your Super Bowl party, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control wants you to get an "A" at your table, and serve up some healthy alternatives for your guests.

Super Bowl gatherings often prompt people to indulge in chicken wings, pizza, and alcoholic beverages.  While tasty, many of these foods are high in fat, sugar, salt, and calories. DHEC has some nutritious alternatives to satisfy your taste buds. 

Here are some healthy tips and snack alternatives for game day. 

  • Start your day with exercise. You have a tradition of watching the big game, right? Try adding to that tradition by having a brisk 30-minute walk or jog in the morning before you kick-off your party. Or warm up for the game by doing a quick online exercise video and get your game-day heart pumping. Try adding challenges to your watching experience like, every time there’s a sack, do ten push-ups. It does not matter what you do, just do it! We dare you!
  • Focus on fruits & veggies. Intercept calories from fat and sugar, and reduce your salt intake by filling your plate with fresh fruits and veggies. If hosting, provide healthy alternatives to your guests to provide balance on the plate. 
  • Monitor your portion sizes. Stay in-bounds with your calories for the day.  Make a plate of snacks and walk away from the table. Avoid mindlessly eating more than you need. 
  • Remember beverages count, too. Drink water or provide a fruit-flavored water to your guests as an alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages like soda and sweet tea. If you are consuming alcoholic beverages, practice proper portion sizes. Limit your alcoholic beverages to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men.
  • Drink Water, and eat slowly: Before you score that first plate, have a big glass of water. It makes you feel less hungry, and also gives you a boost for digestion your body will soon need. And eat slowly! We know the food is good. Slow down and enjoy every bite. Appreciate every taste, and that will help you eat less over short periods of time.

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