With the Super Bowl this weekend, food is definitely a topic of concern. Sometimes, we tend not to think exactly what we’re placing in our bodies during all the excitement, and no amount of exercise can make up for the destruction that occurs during that day. But, it is also a great opportunity to use Super Bowl Sunday as your “cheat day” for the week, and fuel your body for the upcoming week of intense exercise! However, one should be prepared for the “damage” their choices can make. Read all the way through, as I offer some suggestions that could ease your mind.
Below are a list of some popular game-day foods, and exactly what they amount to:
1. Chicken wings: At nearly 100 calories per wing, chicken wings can be a silent killer. They go fast, but the aftermath lasts!
2. Pizza: One of my more favorable types of cheat foods, one slice of pizza usually packs anywhere from 150-250 calories per slice, or more, depending on the size of the slice and/or toppings.
3. Nachos (with cheese, beans, dip): 6-8 nachos can cost you the same amount of calories as a large meal, going anywhere from 300-600 calories for the serving depending on what’s in it.
4. Subs and Sandwiches: Let’s be honest, this is the dry turkey and tomato on rye that you have during the week for lunch. MOST game-day subs and sandwiches are around 600 calories and loaded with sodium and saturated fat. Choose wisely!
5. Cheeseburger: Lord knows I love my red-meat and protein, but just be sure you know where it’s coming from and what you’re topping it with. Your typical cheeseburger will load you up with 400 calories, which is relatively low compared to the other choices, but is loaded with saturated fat and sodium depending on the quality of meat.
RELAX, I’m here to help. Super Bowl recipes are easy to come by, but if you’re looking for some healthy alternatives, check our Heather Bauer of the Huffington Post. As a Registered Dietician, she truly knows her stuff!