Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Surviving the Super Bowl from Serendipity Creative

Whether you’re throwing the party or attending one, it’s pretty likely that you’ll be spending February 3rd with football on a big screen surrounded by delicious food and drinks. I hope you are, at least, even if you’re only watching for the commercials! Hot wings, cold beer, and potato chips may be on the usual menu but that doesn’t mean you’ve got to throw away your healthy habits for one afternoon. Here are a few tips for surviving the Super Bowl, guilt-free and with your pants still buttoned.

If you’re playing host, be sure to provide plenty of healthy alternatives. This doesn’t mean you can’t have your usual fat, grease laden fare but it does mean you have the opportunity to skinny them up, or skip them all together letting those lucky bastards with the metabolism of a 14 year-old boy eat them. Make a salad or have a fruit and/or veggie tray. Provide hummus and pita chips. Save money and calories by opting for homemade, thin crust (or tortilla) pizzas instead of ordering out. If you’re attending as a guest, ask the host if you can provide some munchies and bring something you know will satisfy you and keep you from eating an entire back of Funyuns. Don’t judge me. You know you’ve done it.
Stop grazing. You are not a gazelle. Repeat after me. You. Are not. A. Gazelle. Make a plate and walk away from the food. Walk away.

Plan ahead. If you know you’re going to want some of the junk, that’s okay. Plan for it. Have a light breakfast and a salad for dinner. A few junk calories aren’t going to kill you (don’t quote me on that, they might. I’m not a doctor.). If you’re the exercising type, get your butt in gear that morning or plan for a longer work out the following day.
Drink water. Yes, you can still enjoy a bubbly beverage or two (or five) but drinking water in between your alcoholic beverages of choice serves many purposes. You’ll be combating that inevitable hang over by keeping hydrated, cutting back on boozey calories, and keeping yourself full.

Actually watch the game (or the commercials, whatever you came to see) or keep talking. We all know these things are really about socializing anyway. It will help distract you from the heap of cheese covered, deep-fried goodness.
Move around. Sitting on the couch staring at a screen for hours on end is going to do nothing for you. Stand, walk around, create a ridiculous celebration dance. Just move.

Don’t take home leftovers. If you’re hosting, give away leftovers. I know, I know. It’s like dividing by 0. As a guest, you may have piles of food thrust upon you as you’re walking out the door. Politely decline or offer to take what is left of your healthy snack, if there is any. As a host, you’ll want to get rid of it. Pawn it off on your guests but don’t be offended when someone politely declines.
Be sure to check us out for more tips on hosting a Super Bowl Party!

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