We're two weeks away from Superbowl Sunday; a day that's become better known for feasting than football. Major snack food companies tell us to "Snack Happy," but how happy will you be when you step on the scale after the eating frenzy is over?
Health and fitness expert Dr. Eric Plasker, best-selling author of The 100 Year Lifestyle and The 100 Year Lifestyle Workout, wants to help you get through the game without the gain. He has compiled some Superbowl Superfoods that will satisfy a snack attack and keep you looking slim and trim.
Dips that Don't:
Hummus and babaganoush are two great dips that add some edge to your party. Plus, they're much healthier than heavy cheese dips. For variety, buy an assortment of flavors, like red pepper, garlic and olive. Pair these with pre-cut veggies like carrots, broccoli and celery, rather than chips. You can also buy whole grain, stone ground or 100 percent whole-wheat crackers, which contain fiber and nutritional value. You'll get all of the flavor and less of the fat.
Wings for Winners:
Buy baked chicken wings instead of fried ones. When they're covered in sauce, you won't taste the difference. Just be sure to steer clear of blue cheese and ranch dressings, or buy low-fat versions.
Sub sandwiches can be a good way to get your protein and fill up on not-so-fattening food. Limit the mayo, pack your sandwich with extra lettuce and tomato, and eat it open-faced to save on calories.
Finger foods can be the most dangerous, as they're easy to pop into your mouth without thinking. Don't be a grazer. Load your plate with a small portion of whatever you want to try, and then step away from the dessert table. That way, you're practicing portion control.
Plan ahead. If you think you'll be taking in an extra 1,000 calories on Superbowl Sunday, make sure to get in a good workout on Friday, Saturday and Sunday before the game. That way, you can compensate for the extra intake and net out without weight gain.
About Dr. Eric Plasker:
Health and fitness expert Dr. Plasker is author of The 100 Year Lifestyle, a best-selling book and wellness system that enables people to make the most of their years through a unique, total-life program that addresses health, nutrition, exercise, mental agility, creativity, finances, friends and family, work, community, and achieving a sense of purpose. Also author of the just-released 100 Year Lifestyle Workout, Dr. Plasker is a member of Gold's Gym Fitness Institute, the world's largest think tank for health and Fitness issues. Owner of two highly successful family practices for almost 20 years, Dr. Plasker has been featured extensively by the media, including CNN, FOX, NBC, Self, Woman's World, Health and in major newspapers around the country.