Have a Super Healthy Super Bowl Celebration!
How to drink light and right during a Super Bowl party
Nonalcoholic Thirst Quenchers continued...
Choosing a glass of fruit or vegetable juice is a great option, chock full
of nutrients and disease-preventing antioxidants. Vegetable juice contains the
least amount of calories and can be very pleasing. Fruit juice that is 100%
juice contains almost twice as many calories as vegetable juice and while very
nutritious, can add up to several hundred calories in large glasses.
One of the best thirst quenchers is good old-fashioned water. Sparkling
water makes a nice substitute if you like the effervescence of soda. Jazz up
noncaloric waters with fresh citrus, a splash of juice or a sprig of fresh
mint. This is a great way to meet your daily fluid needs without any extra
calories. And for those who don't want to look like they are not imbibing in
the festivities, sparkling water with lime or fruit juice looks like you are
enjoying a social cocktail.
Before heading out to the party or bar, make a game plan. Eat a light snack
before you go so that you won't get tipsy with the first drink; it should also
help reduce the temptation to dive into the food.
Choose drinks that are relatively simple, such as coffee, tea, juice, wine,
wine spritzers, light beer, or drinks mixed with low-calorie mixers. Sweet or
creamy drinks add lots of extra fat and calories. Rum and diet cola or vodka
and soda with a twist are good lower-calorie drink options.
Okay, we've talked about Super Bowl party time, but what about those other
Snuggling up to the fireplace with a mug of warm apple cider or hot
chocolate is pure bliss. Make your hot chocolate with skim milk and top with a
dollop of light whipped cream for a delicious and satisfying treat. Spice up
your favorite warm ciders with spices or vanilla beans to heighten your
Hot herbal teas and coffees are equally tasty. At the coffee house, order up
your specialty coffee with skim milk ("skinny"); hold the whipped cream
and you won't find yourself 600 calories in the hole. That's right, some of
those large fancy coffee drinks with syrups, whole milk, and whipped cream can
set you back as much as 600 to 700 calories -- the equivalent of two healthy
Staying well hydrated during the cold winter months is very important. Drink
plenty of fluids, especially if you are suffering from colds or flu, and
remember to choose them carefully. As you've seen, those wonderful winter
warmers and holiday nogs can add lots of unwanted calories!