Surviving the Super Bowl Spread
Check out these Super Bowl recipes to help avoid the 'Super Bowl spread' of your waistline.
Eat Like a Super Bowl Quarterback
In 2004, football legend Joe Montana
accompanied by cardiologist James Rippe, MD -- and offered up some tasty and
nutritious recipes for your Super Bowl party.
"Food can taste wonderful without being salty," said Rippe.
"All of these recipes are either very low salt or no salt and low fat,
yet they taste delicious. If you think that low- or no-salt food tastes bland,
you should try some of these recipes. You'll be very pleasantly
"I was blown away by the brownies," said Montana, who led the San
Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl victories.
"I don't eat a lot of starches, but I do like potatoes, and must admit
that the potato skin recipe is a great alternative with great flavor. I'm a
difficult sell, when it comes to alternative for something I love to
First, Do No Harm
Even if you're watching your weight and corralling your cholesterol, can you
have your cake and eat it, too, on Super Bowl Sunday? Just maybe. A single day
of splurging isn't necessarily going to derail all the New Year's resolutions
you've made for your diet.
"Of course, we've just finished Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's,
so think about how long it's been since the last splurge," advises Ruth
Kava, PhD, RD, director of nutrition at the American Council on Science and
Health. "But for someone whose weight is at a healthy level and who
generally eats a balanced diet with moderate calories, fat, and sweets, and
plenty of fruits and vegetables, then splurging one day a year or even a few
days a year is probably not going to do any harm. Just try to eat very lightly
on the following day or two."
Nevertheless, a number of recent studies have shown that even one high-fat
meal can cause at least temporary upheaval within your cardiovascular system.
In 2002, researchers at Columbia University and Osaka City University in Japan
published a study in which they gave 15 healthy young men a single high-fat
meal composed of a colossal 1,200 calories, 100 grams of fat, and 6 milligrams
of cholesterol. Five hours after they consumed the high-fat meal, their levels
of triglycerides (a blood fat) increased an average of 140 points, compared
with an increase of 10 points in men who ate a low-fat meal. At the same time,
the capacity of the blood vessels to expand or dilate (an indicator of blood
vessel health) declined 18% in the high-fat group.