Are you ready for Super Bowl LI? We’re not talking about putting on your your fan gear and getting out the extra chairs and tables for your guests. We’re talking about being ready with your weight loss plan for Game Day on February 5.
The game is in less than two weeks, which means you’d better start thinking about your menu. Otherwise, you might end up like the average American who eats 2,400 calories during the big game. That does not mean you cannot enjoy yourself, though! The BariatricPal Store has foods and tips to keep you on your diet so you can feel good whether your team wins or loses on Super Bowl Sunday.
Wings for Weight Loss
Wings are not the worst you can do when it comes to Super Bowl disasters, but you can still do better than greasy buffalo wings. Cut fat, carbs, and calories by making your own version of wings using skinless strips of chicken breast. Coat them in hot sauce and dip them in a mixture of crushed BariatricPal Protein Chips and optional seasonings such as onion and garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and paprika before baking them on a sprayed baking pan. Serve your protein-packed chicken “wings” with Low-Calorie Honey Dijon Mustard Dressing or Barbecue Sauce and Spice.
Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest pizza delivery day of the year, but your waistline does not need to take the hit! If pizza delivery is an indispensable part of your family and friends’ Super Bowl party and you want to partake, make sure you order something for yourself. Your best bet is probably a salad with light Italian dressing or marinara sauce, or 1 slice of pizza with light cheese, extra veggies, and anchovies or grilled chicken.
Another choice is to skip the pizza delivery altogether and serve up the pizza flavors in another way. For an instant treat, there are low-carb Protein Pizza Potato Chips with 130 calories and 10 grams of protein. Otherwise, try spreading pizza sauce on button or portabello mushrooms or Protein Parisien Rusk Bread. Add cheese and your favorite vegetable toppings for apps that will please every guest – weight-conscious or not.
Chips and Dip
Mindless munching adds quite a bit of carbs and fat to the Super Bowl Sunday total. You can slash carbs and keep portions in check by dipping Protein Chips and Zippers or raw veggies instead of regular potato or tortilla chips.
While a little bit of guacamole is okay – after all, it has good fat and fiber in it – you can also serve lower-calorie choices. Make creamier dips with fat-free cream cheese and cottage cheese instead of full-fat cream cheese, and blend in cooked peas or broccoli to make them lower-calorie and more filling. You can also try making Protein Salsa and Protein Veggie Dip.
These are sure to strike if you are prone to a sweet tooth, but you can fight every temptation with a better option. With a few simple substitutions, you can satisfy your sweet tooth and keep your sugar consumption to a reasonable amount.
See a candy bar commercial? Whip out your protein bar. Smell the chocolate from a pan of brownies? Have your own hot Protein Brownie in minutes. Jealous of everyone who is munching on the snack mix with chocolate candies? Make your own mix with Chocolate Caramel Granola, Protein Cereal, and Chocolate Coated Protein Puffs.
Your Super Bowl can be a healthy and happy event as long as you plan ahead. You do not need to do much cooking or feel deprived. Just check The BariatricPal Store for the protein products and recipes that can get you through the day!