If you’ve ever been to a Big Game party, chances are you were surrounded by fried food and beer and woke up the next day morning feeling stuffed and lethargic. This year, make a game plan to have a healthier game day so you can enjoy the fun but still feel great. Here are five tips to get you started!
- Host the party
Offer to host a game day party for your friends or family. Not only are you doing a good deed, but you’re also building in control over what you eat. If you’re the hostess, you can decide that you don’t want Hostess cupcakes and deep-fried wings on your table.
If you can’t host, offer to bring a dish or two to the party. That way you guarantee that you have something relatively healthy to munch on while everyone else wipes bacon grease off their lips.
- Go green (at least to start)
Like Thanksgiving, the Big Game happens just once a year. And as with Thanksgiving, Americans relish the opportunity to indulge in calorie-rich foods on this day. While we certainly aren’t suggesting that you sip on cold-press juices all afternoon, it is helpful to start the afternoon with vegetables.
If you promise yourself that you’ll start your game day feast with vegetables (fried onion rings don’t count, sorry), you’ll fill up on fiber-rich foods, which will then make you less likely to overeat cheesy breadsticks and hot dogs.
- Plan to Indulge
The smartest indulgences are those that are planned. If you know that you’ll be attending a party filled with nutrient-empty, calorie-laden foods, plan to indulge wisely based on your own preferences.
If cheese is what gets you out of bed in the morning, plan to keep your indulgences limited to cheese: a slice of cheese pizza and a serving of nachos. If you’re a dessert connoisseur, allow yourself to enjoy a couple sugary treats after you eat your fill of veggies. And really savor the taste of that chocolate goop going down your throat. Don’t be afraid to take a bite, close your eyes and relish the sensation of each taste bud being delighted.
Strategically planning your indulgences and treating them with respect–not viewing them as opportunities to eat everything in your path–will help you feel better, both physically and emotionally.
- Channel your inner athlete
Get in the competitive spirit and host your own mini athletic competition on Sunday. Gather a group of friends and plan a friendly workout competition before the game. Try a game of football (an obvious choice), a 5k race, a group workout class, or an obstacle course.
You can also use commercial breaks, halftime, or slow periods during the game to host mini fitness competitions. If your team scores a touchdown, do 30 jumping jacks. If the other team scores, do 20 pushups. Or, if the game is tied, hold a plank competition and see who can plank the longest.
- Let Hungryroot help you
Finally, use your Hungryroot goodies to create some indulgent yet healthy dishes for the Big Game.
- Make a lightened-up queso dip by baking our Cashew Cheddar in an oven-safe dish at 425°F for 10-15 minutes or until bubbly, then top with roasted or pickled jalapeños and salsa.
- Build an easy crudité platter and pair with one or more of our flavorful sauces. Try our Pea Snaps dunked in our Coconut Curry and our Carrot Chips paired with our Spinach Artichoke Chickpea Dip.
- Wow your guests with mac’n cheese sliders. Just prepare our two-ingredient Sweet Potato Mac’n Cheese and layer onto mini burger buns. Add some sprouts or lettuce and your favorite veggies.
- For the ultimate nachos, top your favorite tortilla chips with our Sweet Barbecue Chili Jackfruit and Cashew Cheddar and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Finish with our Avocado Crema and Cucumber Corn Black Bean Salad.
- For a quick and nutritious alternative to chili, try our Cucumber Corn Sweet Potato Chili.
- Turn our Black Bean Brownie Batter into decadent s’mores. Layer graham crackers with brownie batter, top with a marshmallow and broil.