When you’re at your favorite Super Bowl party in February, you may get flagged for holding too many greasy chicken wings, or may find yourself offsides in the race to reach the nachos.
But, a local nutrition expert says a good party playbook will allow you to enjoy the fun without any unnecessary roughness on your waistline.
According to Bayhealth Outpatient Dietitian Dawn Santacrocce, MBA, RD, LDN, you should tackle each party by surveying the available party foods the same way Peyton Manning reads the defense when he comes to the line of scrimmage. Which foods are the highest in fat? Which are loaded with calories?
Call an audible to avoid these foods, which are sure to sack your diet:
Buffalo wings. Six wings translate to 600 calories and 40 grams of fat, and that’s before you drown them with Bleu Cheese Dressing.
Nachos. One plate of these loaded with beef, cheese, sour cream, and guacamole may carry up to 1,500 calories, eight grams of fat, and up to 1,500 mg of sodium. You shouldn’t have more than 2,000 mg of sodium each day!
Spinach artichoke dip. One quarter of a cup could give you 350 calories, 20 grams of fat and 700 mg of sodium.
Layer dip, including cream cheese, sour cream, shredded cheese, guacamole, and high fat ground beef can carry 4,000 calories per serving, and that’s not even counting the chips!
Bottom line? Don’t make a ‘false start’ to these fatty foods and control your portion sizes to ensure that your diet isn’t thrown back for a big loss.
For more information about Bayhealth Outpatient Nutrition, please contact Dawn Santacrocce at (302) 744-6828.