Friday, February 4, 2011

Superbowl Sunday? What's Your Game Plan?

Check out these crazy food facts about the SUPER BOWL!

- Snacks are a major part of Super Bowl Sunday. The Calorie Control Council and Snack Food Association observe that snack consumption averages around 1,200 calories (not including meals), representing nearly 50 grams of fat ingested per Super Bowl armchair quarterback.

- An estimated 28 million pounds of pretzels, popcorn, potato and tortilla chips will be consumed during the day, an amount with laid end to end would stretch nearly 293,000 miles. Michigan leads the nation in the production of potatoes used in making potato chips.

- It takes about 223,000 football fields of farmland to grow the amount of corn, potatoes and avocados needed to make the snacks fueling Super Bowl Sunday munchies.

- Americans will quaff approximately 325 million gallons of beer on Super Bowl Sunday. Designated drivers are a must; the Insurance Information Institute reports more drivers are involved in alcohol-related accidents on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year, with the exception of St. Patrick’s Day.

- Americans will spend about $237 million on soft drink purchases during Super Bowl week.

- Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest winter grilling day of the year

- Antacid sales spike by 20 percent during the Monday after the Super Bowl, and 6 percent (or about 7 million) of Americans call in sick to work on that same Monday.

It can be tempting to eat all those goodies when they are placed right in front of you.  Here are some tips to avoid excessive food consumption during the super bowl!

1- Eat a healthy breakfast- start your day off right. Don't think that because you are going to be eating a lot during the game that you should save your calories up. Eating a healthy balanced breakfast including protein, carbs, and fat will help control your hunger later in the day.

2- Exercise- Commit to a morning walk/workout.

3- Bring healthy options to the party.
  • Turkey and cheese roll-ups
  • A fruit tray with yogurt dip
  • A veggie tray with light dip
  • Homemade turkey chili
4- Avoid liquid calories

5- Don't stand by the table, plate your food and go sit down

6- Fill your plate to the inside rim, instead of the outside rim

What are some other tricks/tips that you have to keep from overindulging??

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