4 Strategies to prevent 5-10 pounds of fat gain from the Super Bowl and other social gatherings

With the Super Bowl today, making a couple tweaks to some of your favorite party food recipes can make them healthier and more figure-friendly come kickoff?


The following comprehensive list of both approved food choices and/or healthier substitutes for traditional party foods can be used to satisfy your taste buds while saving at least hundreds if not thousands of calories in the process. Using these strategies consistently for parties and social gatherings over the course of the year, not just for the Super Bowl, could prevent 5-10 lbs of fat gain!


Section I- Appetizers


  • Naked Sandwiches (preferably bun-less, only use whole grain bun option if absolutely needed)
  • Thin Crust Whole Grain Pizza
  • Fruit Salad (throw low carb whipped cream and dash of stevia on top as desired)
  • Super Salad Bowl (use unlimited veggies and meats, dip dressing on the side or use low calorie substitutes)
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Tuna or Chicken Salad
  • Nut Butter on Celery Sticks
  • Mixed Nuts (no sugar, unroasted, low in salt)
  • Cheese, Eggs, and Meat Tray
  • Caprese Salad
  • Raw Veggies (use dip sparingly)
  • Grilled/Sauteed Veggies (use extra virgin olive or coconut oil)
  • Figure-Friendly Nachos (see “accessories” below for ingredients: tortillas, cheese, salsa, and guac)
  • Buffalo Chicken Bites (skinless, no breading, use low calorie buffalo sauce sparingly)
  • Pasta Salad (use whole grain pasta and go easy on the dressings, choosing marina based sauces over creamier versions)


Section II- Accessories


  • Natural Whole Grain Tortillas
  • Natural Baked Chips
  • Natural Cheetohs
  • Diet Lipton Green Teas (or other low calorie/carb beverages)
  • Water
  • Natural Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Salad Dressings: Vinegars of choice (apple cider, red wine, balsamic, etc.)
  • Other Low Calorie Condiments of Choice: mustard, hot sauce, horseradish, etc.


Section III- Main Courses


  • Lettuce Burgers (use extra lean sirloin or bison, preferably bun-less only using whole grain bun option if absolutely needed)
  • Rotisserie Chicken (choose “plain” and remove skin and dab off any grease as needed with paper towel)
  • Extra Lean Kosher Hot Dogs (preferably bun-less, only use whole grain bun option if absolutely needed)
  • Chili (preferably bean-less, only use if absolutely needed and feel free to swap extra lean turkey for the beef version to cut down fat intake)
  • Pizza (see “appetizers” above or use whole grain/thin crust options from restaurants or frozen food isles)


Section IV- Desserts



Enjoy the Super Bowl Festivities, especially the commercials, but eat responsibly!

Leave a comment with your pick to win and your strategies to stay healthy today!

Committed to your health,

Heath Herrera, M.Ed., CSCS, YFS1


P.S. – BONUS: Top 10 Tips to Save Thousands of Calories on Super Bowl Sunday <<— CLICK HERE

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