I love Thanksgiving weekend. It's all about food and family - and for several folks, myself included, it's also about football! Not only did we watch hours of football on the tube throughout the weekend, I also got to experience college game day on Saturday - a gridiron match-up under the lights featuring Florida versus Florida State at the Swamp...not bad, ey? Unfortunately for my boyfriend, a diehard Gators fan, his team was not victorious by night's end. But it was still a great day, especially for tailgating. Several friends spent hours smoking up ribs, sausage and pulled pork the night before in an effort to provide a tailgate feast on Saturday. People also brought fudge, cake, chips and other goodies to nosh on. So good, but so bad for that girlish figure! So how does one balance the socializing with weight control? Here are a few tips before you hit the next tailgate.
* Don't show up hungry. Take time to eat a light, healthy snack before hitting the spread.
* When fixing your plate, try to add plenty of fruits and veggies. That way you can fill up your belly faster with healthier items.
* Eating smaller portions is key. Yes, you can indulge in some baked beans or potato salad. But don't pile a mountain of it on your plate.
* Bring some low-calorie snack options such as a fruit salad or raw veggies and hummus.
* Avoid adding lots of butter, salt, condiments and fatty dressings.
* Drink lots of water. It will help fill you up.
* Drink alcohol in moderation.
* Drink diet soda instead of the regular version to save calories.
* Rather than sitting around and snacking, play a game instead. It’s difficult to overeat if you're throwing around the football or playing corn hole.
See? With a little extra effort and foresight, you can get through that next game day extravaganza without immediately packing on the pounds. By the way, check out these low-cal, sucralose-sweetened dessert recipes. I just might have to bring them to a tailgate in the future. Yum!
Lemon Raspberry Bars
Triple Threat Cookie Bar