3 Ways to Eat Healthy on Game Day

February 5th marks this year’s Super Bowl Sunday and we all have a lot to celebrate—the Atlanta Falcons made the Super Bowl for the first time since 1999! Like many of you, I will be celebrating this Sunday and, like many of you, will be surrounded by tempting, delicious, yet unhealthy treats and snacks. How is it possible to stay healthy and “on track” when everyone is devouring food from chips and dips to cupcakes and brownies?

Here are a few tricks to help YOU win this Super Bowl Sunday, regardless of who is playing!

  1. Bring your own food: Now this depends on what type of party you’re attending. If you’re going to a pot-luck where everyone contributes by bringing food, then you’re in luck! Opt to bring healthy items such as a veggie or fruit tray or something more substantial like grilled chicken tenders! Go ahead and grill 6-8 chicken breasts and cut them into strips, or tenders. Bring along some BBQ sauce or honey mustard and this healthy treat is sure to be a hit!
  2. Eat beforehand: The Super Bowl is at 6:30pm, right around dinner time. Instead of going to the party or sports bar starving, eat a healthy dinner right beforehand consisting of protein (like grilled chicken or salmon) and complex carbohydrates (like quinoa) to help keep you full. This will curb your appetite so you’re not tempted by all the snacks when you get to the party.
  3. Host the party yourself: Although this is more work for you up front, this certainly helps you control what will and will not be at the party. You can make sure the snacks consist of healthy options like veggies and hummus and a desert table with a fruit tray.

Try using one or more of the tips above to help you stay healthy and full this Super Bowl Sunday! No one likes regretting their weekend food choices on Monday morning. Good luck and Go Falcons!

Interview with Linda Citron and Citron Nutrition

We had the extreme pleasure of interviewing Linda Citron with Citron Nutrition. Linda takes a whole-food approach to diet and nutrition, so we picked her brain on how to improve our nutrition, as well as some exciting tips and trends we can look forward to.

One of the biggest reasons our diets and nutrition plans fail is that we don’t turn those small changes into lifelong habits. Therefore, when a two-week, 30-day, or 6-month diet ends, we see the weight come back, sometimes worse than before! Check out what Linda says about transforming quick fixes into lifelong habits:

 

We can get caught up in the calorie counting game, but forget that not all calories are created equal! It is important to incorporate nutrient-dense foods into our daily lives. See below some major difference between good calories and bad calories and ways to incorporate better nutrition into your diet:

 

Some people think that the best way to decrease your calorie intake is to cut out a food group entirely. However, every type of food, be it proteins, carbohydrates, or fats, is very important for different bodily functions. Therefore, when we subtract an entire type of food, like removing carbohydrates from our diet, we end up hurting ourselves more than helping. Listen to Linda’s recommendations for moderating your diet and certain food groups:

 

It’s easy to make plans without actually executing, so we asked Linda some great tips we can begin using today! Check out a few of her favorite, easy tips:

 

Although not directly related to what you eat, sleep is very important in regulating the hormones that make you hungry. Therefore, Linda elaborates on the importance of getting proper sleep each night:

 

Every year brings new health trends and fads, but it can be difficult to discern between what actually helps versus the “flavor of the week.” Here are Linda’s top trends she expects to see this coming year:

 

See the entire interview here!