What’s more exciting than the meet-up of two conference champions battling it out for world domination, fame and glory? The snacks, of course.
Queso, gauc, chili, dips galore, wings, pigs in a blanket… so many tasty yet frightfully dangerous delights abound on the big game day. Here are some tips and tricks for making wiser decisions for getting in on the action without incurring major personal fouls:
SWAP YOUR RIDE >> Yes, chips are delicious, but let’s get serious—they’re mostly a vehicle to get a tasty dip into your mouth. So, swap those calorie and sodium filled chips for another scoopable option, like sliced bell peppers, baby carrots or celery. Once that creamy, spicy guac hits your lips, you won’t think twice about missing that silly chip.
DIP WITH CAUTION >> Now, speaking of those thick, rich, creamy dips--- taste away, but use smart portion control. Scoop dip onto a small plate, and limit yourself to whatever amount you’ve determined is wise. Remember: dip calories add up quick, so every tablespoon counts.
POWER UP WITH PROTEIN >> If there are protein-dense options being served, like shrimp, chicken meatballs or chili, choose those. They’ll take longer to digest, making you feel fuller longer, plus they pack less calories per gram than their fatty dip friends.
TAKE A TIME OUT >> Set a time out, in 15 minute increments, that you will go snack free. Use your phone to set a timer, or just keep an eye on the clock. Take the time out to hydrate with water or club soda with lime. Your body is on a digestion delay, so it takes your belly up to 15 minutes to let your brain know that you're full. Chances are that after your time out, you'll sustain without snacks for even longer.
Follow one or all of these tips, and despite the final score, you’ll feel like a winner when you wake up without a hot wing hangover or refried-bean dip regret on Monday morning.