Both of these recipes are sooo delicious and get this- they are meat-free and vegan!! While I do not consider myself a vegetarian or vegan, I do recommend eating meat-free sources of protein for at least two to three days per week because they are very lean and rich in fiber, both of which are optimal for heart health!
- Choose the foods you would like to eat and place them on your own plate. Do eat from the communal food table itself because it is difficult to track how much you are eating.
- Slow down eating: Place fork down between bites, take a sip of water, or eat with non-dominant hand to become more aware of eating.
- Bring a healthy dish like the ones attached to ensure that you will have some healthy options.
- Fill up on fiber- fruits, vegetables, whole grains- will slow down your digestive system to help control appetite cravings. If you want seconds, go back for the vegetables.
- Do not skip meals before the Super Bowl. You will likely overcompensate in unhealthy, rich snacks and beverages to make up for the missed meals.
- Stay hydrated with water.
- Pop in a mint to cleanse your palate and control appetite.
- Chat with friends or family during the game. Maybe someone else there is also trying to be mindful about their eating and you could encourage them!
- Move during commercial breaks.
- Walk around room or up and down the stairs.
- Do a set of exercises like sit-ups, push-ups, squats, or lunges.
- Stay away from the communal food table during the game/commercials.
- Instead of sour cream, replace with Plain, Non-fat Greek yogurt.
- Instead of salt, choose salt-free herbs and spices for flavor.
- Instead of ground beef, replace with ground turkey breast or non-meat proteins such as black beans, tofu, or chickpeas.
- Instead of soda, replace with seltzer water with a splash of fruit juice like grapefruit, orange, lime, or lemon.
- Instead of chips, dip with celery, carrots, or sugar snap peas.
- Instead of heavy, creamy dips choose salsa.