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Surviving Super Bowl Parties without Blowing the Diet!

Posted by rhondascooking on February 4, 2012

At the beginning of this year, many of you made New Year’s Resolutions to change your diet and eat healthier, so, I’m here to help you keep that commitment and survive the Super Bowl Sunday feast!  So, here are a few quick tips to help you for the big day.

Tip 1:  Drink 3 (16oz) bottles of water prior to arriving to the party.  On average, the daily allowance of water intake of water is about 2.5 Liters for women and 3 Liters for men.  So, before breakfast, drink 1 bottle of water and then two hours after breakfast drink the second bottle.  An hour before you arrive to the party, drink the third bottle of water.  This will prevent you from being famished salivating for those fried hot wings dipped hot sauce and topped with ranch dressing.

Tip 2:  Pack your own food and drinks.  If you know you have a goal of eating healthier or perhaps to lose weight, the best way to keep this goal if you lack willpower is to bring your own food to the party!  Make sure you bring enough to share because I guarantee that even the none-healthy eaters will be trying to eat from your stash—especially if it looks delicious!  Consider the following snacks/foods:

  • Hummus paired w/ baby carrots, sugar snap peas, and sliced bell peppers (red, yellow and orange)—if you don’t want to make the hummus, purchase from your local grocery store or restaurant; looks for brands that don’t have a lot of stuff in it!
  • Guacamole served with one 8-inch round whole grain tortilla—if gluten free get the brown rice tortillas, but if not, try Food For Life tortillas!  You can make your own or purchase from the store—try Wholly Guacamole.
  • Salsa – Salsa is sold absolutely everywhere from convenient stores to grocery stores, this snack is indeed a party favorite!  Just make sure you try to find one without high fructose corn syrup in it!
  • Baked Chips – there are a lot of baked chips on the market, but one of my favorite brands that offer baked chips is Garden of Eatin’.
  • Fresh fruit– fresh fruit is a great snack when eaten in moderation.  Try and get a variety which includes berries and pineapples instead of the fruit trays that have lots of melons—those tend to have higher natural sugar content.
  • Baked hot wings—instead of eating the traditional wings which will definitely be at the party, prepare your own wings at home by baking them instead of frying.

Tip 3:  Avoid those “sneaky drinks.  Typically the beverages of choice during the party are beer and/or other beverages containing alcohol, which you already know the impact on those.  But other beverages at the party may be fruit juices, which I called the “sneaky drinks.”  So, pay attention to what you are drinking; just because it’s 100% juice without alcohol, you still need to watch the number of flavored beverages that you consume.  If you want something tasty, healthy and fizzy, try either of these two beverages; they come in a variety of flavors:

  • Izze
  • Fizzy Lizzy

Yes, I know that this may appear to be extreme, but some of you have goals to achieve for 2012, so don’t let one day set you back a few weeks!

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NBA and WNBA Encourages Fans to Live Healthy

Posted by rhondascooking on February 1, 2012

Live Healthy Week

Congratulations to the NBA League for encouraging their fans to live healthier through its Live Healthy Week campaign, which started January 26 through February 2, 2012. During this week, fans were encouraged to set personal health goals and make better fitness and food choices. Live Healthy Week was led by a cross-functional NBA/WNBA Fit Team, who joined community members and partners to highlight the importance of healthy living.

All 30 teams and players supported Live Healthy Week. In fact, according to Black Griffin, reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, “NBA FIT Live Healthy Week is a great way to help motivate fans of all ages to stay active and maintain a healthy diet. As a professional athlete and an NBA FIT Team member, I know how important it is for me to exercise and eat well, and I encourage our fans to make healthy, active living a priority.” Other supporters included Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, James Harden of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Jameer Nelson of the Orlando Magic, Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls and Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Bobcats, all of which are members of the 2012 NBA FIT Team.

Even though the campaign has come to an end, it’s never too late to pledge to eat healthier! So visit the NBA Fit Live Healthy website and pledge http://www.nba.com/nbafit/personalpledge.jsp. You can also follow NBA Cares on Twitter @nbacares and “Like” them on Facebook.

About NBA/WNBA FIT: NBA FIT Live Healthy Week features grassroot programs and events, special oncourt apparel, and in-arena and online programming designed to inspire kids and families across the country to live active, healthy lives. The Team also works with the Let’s Move! campaign, which first lady Michelle Obama established to provide communities nationwide with resources to help kids eat healthy and get active.

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