Every week, millions of Americans tune in to watch one thing—football. Whether you’re a fan of the pros or college (falcons or bulldogs, of course) there’s only one right way to spend your weekends—cheering on your team. Of course, it isn’t quite as simple as dawning your red and black and plopping down in front of the TV, though.
What football game would be complete without the rituals that accompany it, right? Don’t forget your lucky jersey, your alma mater’s fight song and most importantly, tasty tailgating snacks.
While there’s no denying that tailgating is fun, it isn’t exactly a touchdown for your health. All those chicken wings, nachos and brats add up in a big way—just like extra points. So instead of reaching for another slice of pizza, channel your inner football player and reach for something healthy(ish) instead. Just think, what would your quarterback do?
This football season, tailgate like a veteran by keeping it fun and healthy. Try these tips:
Stay hydrated. Let’s face it, when you’re caught up in the excitement of cheering your team to victory, drinking water isn’t necessarily a priority. However, just like the players on the sidelines, it’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day. All those festive beverages aren’t very nourishing for your body and can be packed with calories, so make sure to have some water.
Pack healthy, satisfying snacks. Game day snacks are top scorers in terms of calories, fat, salt and sugar. And if you spend all day eating these, they’ll sack your energy. So, when you’re grazing, try something that’s nutritious and delicious. If you have some options like veggies and hummus, fresh fruit, buffalo cauliflower bites or turkey chili, you’ll be the real MVP.
Step up your grill game. Greasy burgers and highly-processed hotdogs might be tailgating staples, but they don’t stand a chance against delicious grilled chicken or shrimp and veggie skewers. But, if having a burger is a must, opt for a turkey patty and top it with healthy add-ons, like avocado, tomato, peppers and spinach.
Indulge…but be sure your penalties offset. While it’s true; one brownie won’t kill your diet, excessive celebration might. The key is to be mindful – choose one or two guilty pleasures and don’t let yourself get carried away. It can be easy to get caught up in the moment and fumble your healthy eating habits. Be accountable by setting some rules for yourself before you arrive, but don’t forget, it’s a party. So have fun and don’t step out of bounds.
Show some skill. Whether you throw the football around, play some corn hole, fetch with your dog or show off your end-zone dancing skills, a little physical activity goes a long way. Remember, tailgating isn’t just about the food. It’s a time to celebrate, socialize and bask in the presence of good company, so make the most of commercial breaks by getting up and moving around the room.
Are weekend habits slowing you down?
After a busy work week it can be easy to fall into a weekend slump. Poor eating habits and not enough time off the bench (or couch) are common culprits. If your lifestyle is slowing you down, talking to your primary care physician can help. The experts at Gwinnett Medical Group Primary Care will protect your blindside. They know that no two people are alike and personalized care is the key to developing a healthier you, so you can tailgate all season long.