Party-Proof Your Diet: Ten Tips For Eating Healthy on Super Bowl Sunday

With Super Bowl Sunday almost upon us, here are some tips to surviving the big Gluttony Fest. Food centric parties and potlucks are part of every fun-filled Super Bowl but let’s get real and admit that the traditional party fare is not exactly good for you (hot dogs, chips & dip, soda, cookies, cakes – you know the offenders). And the buffet style hours-long grazing is a prime environment for serious overeating.  While I’m all for indulging every so often, these gatherings can really make it tough to stick to your healthy, clean-eating lifestyle and still have FUN. Tough but not impossible! The trick is to arm yourself with a few healthy party-food ideas and follow a smart party-eating strategy. These tips hold true year-round because, let’s face it, we party all year ’round!

The Strategy.

1) Make an effort to eat nutrient-rich satisfying meals leading up to the party. DON’T starve yourself leading up to the party, with the intent of saving calories. Feed yourself pre-party with foods high in fiber and protein, which will help you feel satiated. This will prevent you from showing up ravenous and scarfing down everything in sight.

2) Break a sweat! Give yourself a pre-party workout. Not only does this make you feel good, but I find that cardio decreases my appetite.  Also, if I’ve recently worked myself over (where I’m begging myself for mercy), I’m more likely to think twice about a poor decision that may cancel out all my hard work!

3) Resist the calorie-dense, nutrient-deficient buffet foods (potato chips!) and instead focus on filling your plate with huge portions of nutrient-rich, high-fiber low calorie foods such as veggies, salads, whole grains, and lean protein. I put no restrictions on veggies – gorge away (just be careful with the dip).

4) Scan and assess the options on the buffet table BEFORE you load your plate.

5) And now we come to my favorite…beverages. Ah, beautiful bevies.  Be aware that alcohol prohibits fat burning and severely impairs your face-stuffing inhibitions. If you want to drink alcohol, consider a spritzer (half soda water, half wine, squeeze of lime), or alcohol-free beer. Choose wine or champagne over cocktails made with sugary soda or simple syrup. If you just want to satisfy your thirst or have something in your hand, choose water or sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon or lime. If you do choose alcohol, make sure you chase each drink with a big glass of water.

6) Feeling like you want something sweet? A great alternative to sugar loaded desserts are fruit salads, yogurt parfaits, and frozen fruit. Or go ahead and take a few bites of that decadent dessert and then set it aside. Chances are that little taste will satisfy your craving…or maybe you’ll decide it really wasn’t as good as your mind had hyped it up to be.

7) Step away from the buffet table! Make sure you park yourself out of arms-reach, otherwise you may find yourself on autopilot, unconsciously grazing away.

8) Bring something healthy as your food contribution to the party. Bring something that could be eaten as a complete meal, if necessary (contains all 3 macros: complex carbs, protein & fat). This way, you know for CERTAIN there will be at least one healthy option that you like, even if no one else brings anything healthy. Don’t worry, people won’t think you are boring. I have been thanked many times for my healthy contribution when there was nothing else healthy to choose from.

9) Remember there is more to a party than food & drink. Indulge and enjoy in all the reasons you really went to the party – good company, the atmosphere, activities, the Super Bowl commercials, the half-time show, etc..

10) Move! Jump up and down with excitement when your favorite team gets a touchdown! Jump up and down in anger when the other team gets a touchdown! If there is dancing during the half-time show, dance. If not, dance anyways! If there are lawn games, play! This is only fun, but also a great way to burn off some of the caloric indulgences.

So, now that we have our strategy, what the heck do we bring to the party? Following tip #8, I always bring something healthy and filling so I can be certain to have at least one healthy option. Here are some good options that most other partygoers will also enjoy. Click links for recipes.



Lentil & Feta Party Dip

Need a healthy and delicious appetizer for your Superbowl party? I often bring this little appy when I’m heading to a party to make sure that there is at least one healthy option.  Then I camp out by the cheese dip and jalapeño poppers (just kidding)! This is a very easy and tasty app that even my lentil and bean-hating husband really likes. Not only is it easy and tasty but it’s super healthy.  Take note, my fitness friends, lentils should be in your secret arsenal of muscle building weapons.  One cup of cooked lentils contains 18 grams of protein, 40 grams of slow digesting quality carbohydrates, 37% of your daily value of iron, 16g of fiber, but just 1g of fat. Lots of disease fighting nutrients too! Not too shabby, huh? Whip this lentil dip up by using 1 pkg of Trader Joe's cooked lentils, 1 container TJ’s bruschetta (or make your own), 1 container TJ’s crumbled feta (optional), chop up some fresh basil and mix it all up! Takes about 1 minute to prep! To be extra healthy, I like to eat it with cucumber slices instead of crackers. Delicious! #lentils #eatclean #eatcleantraindirty #healthyeating #healthymeals #fitness #weightloss #girlswithmuscle #fitchick #fitgirls #traderjoes #healthyfood #fitforce #vegetarian #Superbowl #partyfood #fitfam #healthyfoodporn #healthyliving #lowcal #weightlossjourney #partyfood #healthychoices #healthy #glutenfree












Roasted Chick Pea Snack

Happy Saturday everyone! Whip up a batch of these next time you are feeling snacky. I love them as "healthy bar snacks" during happy hour at home.













Sweet Potato Pizza Bites

Healthy pizza bites! Yummy recipe coming soon!












Deviled Eggs (sub nonfat greek yogurt or cottage cheese for mayo)














Grilled Shrimp Cocktail (with a fresh salsa dip rather than sugary cocktail sauce)













Crudité (served with yogurt-based dips or hummus)













Healthy Enchilada Comfort Food Hack


Enchiladas, while yummy, are often also calorie laden, high fat, high carb artery cloggers. This is a super delicious, simple and fast enchilada dish that is also very healthy. It’s filled to the brim with protein and fiber and is low in fat, sugar, and carbs (especially those of the simple variety). Winner winner enchilada dinner! I refuse to be denied my favorite comfort foods. Recipe can be found on the website and Facebook page (link in bio). Bon Appétit! Subscribe to my YouTube channel and Facebook page for free workouts, health & fitness tips, and healthy recipes.  P.S. I’m working on a chicken pot pie comfort food hack recipe. I absolutely LOVE chicken pot pie! Stay tuned! #fit #fiber #fitfam #fitspo #fatloss #fitgirl #FitForce #fitmommy #foodporn #fitjourney #fitnessgoals #favoritethings #flexibledieting #lowfat #lowcarb #protein #weightlossjourney #workout #healthy #healthylifestyle #eatingclean #bikiniready #bodyafterbaby #yoga #eatclean #eatcleantraindirty












Low Carb, Low Fat Pizza


Low fat, low carb, gluten free pizza! Yum! Recipe now up on my FB and blog! Link in bio. #fit #fitfam #fitspo #fatloss #fitbody #fitness #fiber #fittips #fitforce #fitness #fitmommy #fitjourney #fitnessgoals #fitjourney #fitnessgoals #foodcravings #fitnessjourney #fitnesslifestyle #fitnessmotivation #healthyfood #healthyeats #healthyfoodporn #healthyeating #healthylifestyle #healthyweightloss #weightloss #weightlossjourney #bodyafterbaby #glutenfree #lowfat #lowcarb #lowcalorie #pizza











Stuffed Bell Peppers


Did you know that red bell peppers make you burn more calories?! *According to recent research, sweet red peppers can activate thermogenesis and increase metabolic rate. Someone get me a red pepper STAT! More reasons we should eat red bell peppers: 1) They have twice the vitamin C and 9 times the vitamin A of their green cousins. 2) They are an excellent source of vitamin B6 and magnesium.  This B6-Magnesium combo has been shown to decrease anxiety.  Also, B6 is a natural diuretic, so eat ‘em up to reduce bloating and prevent hypertension! 3) They are packed with Lycopene!  In fact, red peppers come in just under tomatoes as one of the veggies highest in lycopene, which has been shown to aid in the prevention of cancer. Although the health benefits of red peppers are strongest when raw, try stuffing them!  Dress up this lady in red with ground turkey mixed with spinach, zucchini, quinoa, and a little tomato sauce. Yum!














Grilled Chicken Salad



Whip up an easy healthy salad using leftovers. As a busy mom i need meals to be quick so we always grill extra chicken and veggies to eat for lunch over two days. Add some lettuce, apples, and walnuts and voila! Make eating healthy easier on yourself by a little pre-prep. Little ninja Lego garnish courtesy of my daughter. #eatclean #eatcleantraindirty #healthymeals #fitmommy #healthyeating #fitfood #fitnesslifestyle #healthydiet #fitchick  #fitnessforlife #fitmama #makingachange #lowcarb #lowfat