Superbowl Snack Aftermath, Part 1

iStock_000015504165XSmallWell, the game is over. The Patriots won a solid victory, and more importantly, the Packers are now undefeated for the 2015 season!

If you know me, you probably know I wasn’t such a fan of the Superbowl this year. But I know many of you were watching yesterday, and I’m sure there was plenty of buffalo wings, barbecue sauce, and beer to be had.

There’s nothing wrong with celebrating once in a while, especially at such a big occasion as the Superbowl. But after an event like this where we tend to go overboard on junk food, it’s a good idea to reflect on what we put in our body.

So what exactly did we eat this last Sunday? I want to take a brief look at some common Superbowl Foods that may have graced your coffee table this weekend, and give you an idea of what you were really eating this weekend.

Buffalo Wings – You don’t have to convince me! Buffalo wings are a delicious part of any Superbowl party, especially when you get just the right kind of sauce. But before you start preheating the oven, be sure to check the nutrition facts! Many store bought buffalo wings are extremely high in sodium and cholesterol, both of which aren’t too great for the heart Another thing to remember is in many cases, a serving size is as little as 3 wings (100 grams). How many wings did you have this weekend?

Potato Chips – No party, especially a Superbowl party, is complete without a big bowl of potato chips, right? While potato chips have become a staple of party food, they are also very high in fat and calories, leading to a higher risk of weight gain and obesity. Even one ounce (around 15 – 20 chips) of plain, unsalted chips have about 10 grams of fat and more than 150 calories.

Fried Foods – More generalized than the first two, but many parties serve deep fried foods to guests, and it’s likely many of you had something that made its way into a deep fryer. This can be anything from fried chicken, onion rings, jalapeno poppers… you get the picture. When frying foods, a lot of oil can get absorbed, which can contribute to weight gain, higher cholesterol, higher blood pressure… all leading to a higher chance of type 2 diabetes.

Beer – We all have our personal taste when it comes to flavors, but it’s a fair argument that a lot of beer is consumed during the Superbowl. It doesn’t help that the Superbowl has plenty of ads catering to beer consumers across the nation. While it’s true that occasional beer and wine consumption can be considered beneficial, excessive drinking can lead to heart disease, liver disease, and even pancreatitis. Don’t worry though, the occasional beer won’t lead you down the road to ruin. Just don’t go overboard.

High angle view of snacks and beer on a table for a football gameSo that’s enough doom and gloom. Hindsight is always 20/20. It’s easy to say “I should have” or “I shouldn’t have” when it comes to dietary choices, and many don’t look beyond mistakes they have made in the past.

That’s not what I’m about.  Instead of dwelling on prior mistakes, I know that it’s important to acknowledge how we’ve lived in the past, made the decision to change, and then move forward from here. It’s about making the conscious choice to do something differently.

This Thursday, I plan on taking a look at some flavorful alternatives, helping us ween ourselves off unhealthy foods and making wholesome choices. Most importantly, however, I want to explore how to make healthy choices without sacrificing taste and flavor. Make sure you check in to see how to escape the Postgame Superbowl Blues, and start eating right!