Surviving the Super Bowl Spread
Check out these Super Bowl recipes to help avoid the 'Super Bowl spread' of your waistline.
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"We know that a single high-fat meal does raise triglyceride
levels," says Kleiner, author of Power Eating. But the effect is
short-term. "Even just a day or so later, the triglyceride level will
return to what it was."
Super Bowl munchers may need to show a little more care if they already have
a chronic illness or if they're pregnant. "Diabetics taking insulin should
watch what they eat all the time," says Kava. That may mean staying away
from refined carbohydrates -- for example, avoiding soft drinks and sweetened
fruit drinks, and choosing diet sodas and sparkling water instead.
Most experts say that on balance, a healthy person who succumbs to the
seduction of beer, burgers, and chips on Super Bowl Sunday will barely cause a
blip on their personal health-status screen. But for people who are insistent
upon absolutely no backsliding in their commitment to scaling down their
waistline and controlling their cholesterol, there's a game plan for them to
follow, even while watching the biggest football game of the year.
The American Dietetic Association (ADA) recommends selecting fresh fruit,
vegetables, baked chips, and pretzels when filling up your plate. If the
party's at your house, offer entrees such as meatless chili or lean chicken
strips. And for some sweet satisfaction in the fourth quarter, the ADA suggests
angel food cake topped with low-fat frozen yogurt and chocolate syrup.
"Give people choices," says Kava. "If all you're serving is
corned beef sandwiches and hamburgers, that's what your guests will eat. But if
you have some healthier choices as well, you'll give them some
While a submarine sandwich (with ham, salami, and cheese) has about 450
calories and 17 grams of fat, a typical low-fat hot dog on a reduced-calorie
bun contains only 130 calories and 2.5 grams of fat. A slice of carrot cake
with cream cheese icing has about 480 calories and 29 grams of fat, compared
with a slice of angel food cake that will provide only about 70 calories and
0.2 grams of fat.