Your playbook for a healthy Super Bowl Sunday

One of the best parts of the Super Bowl is gathering with friends and family to enjoy the game – and the commercials.

It’s not all fun, though – the average fan eats about an entire day’s worth of calories during the game – one of the biggest calorie fests of the year for many Americans.

However, you don’t have to wreck your diet – or eat a boring, bland meal. Try these eating strategies to have a fun and healthy Super Bowl.

If you’re watching the game at a bar or restaurant, try these helpful tips:

  • Check the menu first – avoid anything fried, and look for healthier grilled, baked or steamed options.
  • If you order a salad, get the dressing on the side – then you can control how much you use.
  • Split an entrée with a friend. Half the meal means half the calories.
  • Drink plenty of water – especially if you’re drinking alcohol. Have a full glass of water after each drink.
  • For pizza, try vegetable toppings instead of meat.

If you’re eating at home or at a friend’s house, try these healthy substitutions:

  • Instead of chips or crackers, try fresh vegetables like celery or carrots for dips.
  • Eat baked tortilla chips instead of regular, fried chips.
  • Use ground turkey instead of beef for chili or burgers.
  • Swap low-fat Greek yogurt for sour cream.
  • Bake sweet potato fries instead of regular French fries.
  • Try making mini pizzas on English muffins or corn tortillas – and load them up with vegetables.

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