It’s no secret that I love playing sports. Basketball was my thing but I also played baseball, volleyball and whatever else all the guys were playing. Sometimes that meant football. Oh football. I threw like a girl. Sidenote: I hate that expression, but it was true.
Thankfully I dated a football player in university and he finally taught me how to throw a football. Phew. But football definitely wasn’t my thing. Sure it was fun to throw the ‘ole pigskin around, but tackling? No thank you. Concussions? I’ll take a pass. Eye black? Eh, I prefer mascara.
Football is a watch-only sport in my books but I have come to really enjoy watching. I am not a diehard fan for any team, I just like the competition. I took to the Patriots since living in Boston (and because Tom is gorgeous) but I don’t cry if they lose or follow them that closely for that matter. But the Super Bowl is a different story: football, food, friends, family, fun. Now that’s my kind of event.
Last year I hosted the festivities in my tree-house apartment (aka tiny loft so the guest list was limited). Even though the Pats weren’t playing, it was an exciting game and of course… BEYONCE!!! Like duh. I may or may not have cried when Kelly and Michelle came out. I served carrots, celery, chips, hummus, salsa and made my Coach’s famous “buffalo chicken dip”, my Mom’s famous chilli recipe, Trader Joe’s cornbread and bought festive cupcakes from Georgetown.
I wish the Super Bowl was a bigger deal in Canada (silly hockey) and the worst part is that we don’t get all the awesome commercials. Canadian fail. Regardless, I am still looking forward to Sunday.
Super Bowl parties aren’t exactly a picture of health: buffalo wings, potato skins, chips, beer, desserts. I’m all about indulging and maintaining a healthy balance, but like Thanksgiving (and other holidays) I don’t use it as an excuse to go crazy. Of course I still enjoy but I pick and choose.
Going to a Super Bowl party this weekend?
1. Have a snack before the party: Yes every health website tells you this but it’s true! The thinking of “saving room” or “calories” will result in you being starving/hangry when you arrive at the party and likely over doing it. Here are some snack ideas.
2. Use your plate: Chips, guacamole, nuts, chocolate and other nibbles are usually in abundance. Rather than taking handfuls or mindlessly dipping, put the food on your plate. Using your plate helps to remind you of what you are eating and helps with your hunger cues.
3. Limit alcohol: I always choose food over alcohol but if that doesn’t work for you, fair enough. It’s so easy to go overboard with drinks, especially if everyone is doing it. If I am drinking, I try to have one glass of water per one alcoholic beverage.
4. You can have it all, just not all at once. If you know you want the chicken wings and beer, can you take a pass on the nachos? Pick and choose. I always go for the “special occasion” foods that I can’t eat all the time. Like stuffing on Thanksgiving. You can likely almost always eat nachos and salsa, but maybe not your best friend’s brownies that she makes twice a year.
If I was hosting on Sunday, this is what would be on my menu:
Chicken Fingers & Sweet Potato Fries [recipe]
Okay now I’m starving… but to be completely honest, my friends are probably happy I’m not cooking.
Wishing you all a very happy, healthy, safe weekend and Super Bowl Sunday!
Questions of the day…
What are you doing for the Super Bowl?
Are you cooking? What are you making?
Not a football fan – what are you up to this weekend?
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