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January 21, 2015
12th Man Approved Super Bowl Bites & Advice – Part 1

The Seahawks are going back to the Super Bowl! (And whoever doubted?) But along with the excitement of watching the LOB, Beast Mode, Russ and the gang “Re-Pete” their elite skills in the big game, could also mean diet wrecking foods that will set you back in your goals for weight loss and fitness.


According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American will consume an estimated 1,200 Calories, and 50 grams of Fat in snacks alone during the Super Bowl - which for some people is their entire day’s total recommendations for weight loss!

To prevent yourself from going overboard on the snacks and feeling like you got trampled by the Legion of Boom, here are 12 tips to keep you feeling like you could run like Beast Mode on a 3rd down conversion.

1. Avoid drinking your calories and feel rejuvenated with this refreshing Blue and Green mocktail.

Virgin Blueberry Mojitos for a Crowd
4 cups Sparkling Water or Club Soda
½ cup lime juice
½ cup fresh mint leaves
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
In a pitcher, muddle the fresh mint leaves with the lime juice and blueberries. Gently pour in sparkling water and stir to combine. **May add Stevia to taste if you prefer it a little sweeter

2. Socialize! No need to be like Marshawn Lynch avoiding the media. Make it a point to chat with everyone at least once during the party to prevent yourself from mindlessly munching on game day goodies.

3. Be picky. Russell Wilson was a 3rd round pick in the draft, look where he is now. Be the same with your food choices. Acknowledge while there is a lot of food in front of you, you don’t need to try each bite. Go for the foods that you will feel good about eating the next day.

4. Channel your inner Pete Carroll – chomp down on sugar-free gum while watching the game. This will help distract yourself from stress eating when the game is tight. (Editor’s Note: not that it will be a tight game anyway, knowing the ‘Hawks)

5. Green Guacamole and Blue Corn Tortilla Chips – add a punch of protein from non-fat Greek Yogurt to make a light and tasty dip proudly displaying your Blue and Green.

1 cup 0% Fat Greek Yogurt (such as Trader Joe’s brand or Fage)
4 ripe Avocadoes, halved, seeded and peeled
4 Tbsp lime juice
1 tsp cumin
1 small red onion, diced
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 small jalapeno, seeded and diced (optional)
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
Salt, to taste

1. In a blender, food processor, or by hand, mash avocado to desired consistency (less for those who prefer a chunkier guac, more for those who prefer smooth).
2. In a large bowl, stir together all ingredients until incorporated. 
3. Serve with Whole Grain Blue Corn tortilla chips, celery, and broccoli florets

6. Pick 6! Different vegetables that is. Fill up your plate with a variety of different non-starchy vegetables and you’ll fill up on low-calorie, high fiber foods packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that won’t fill you out. 

Read 12th Man Approved Super Bowl Bites & Advice Part 2 here. 
 

Image courtesy of poshlittledesigns.com

Written by Sarah Lawson

 
 

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