Super Bowl: Delicious (Yet Healthy) Dishes, Clean Cocktails and Game Day Workout

The big day is almost here, and I couldn’t be more excited for the action. While the actual game is always very fun, the part closest to my heart is the FOOD. I love the array of delectable dishes that are available before, during and after the heated four quarters. While it’s easy for me to conquer an entire plate of nachos, I find that I feel much better with a healthy version of the traditional recipes. It’s still feels indulgent without the negative effects. I’ve included a few of my go-to’s below. I also set my metabolism up for success by incorporating a quick HIIT workout the morning of Super Bowl, incorporate the 8-hour eating window and stick to clean cocktails.

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GAME DAY WORKOUT:

Warm up: Jog or slowly jump rope for two minutes.

Main Set:

  • Run, jump rope or perform skaters (jumping side to side) as fast as possible for 30 seconds.

  • Slow down to a jog for 45 seconds.

  • Run or jump rope as fast as possible for 30 seconds.

  • Slow down to a jog for 45 seconds.

  • Repeat this pattern for 20 minutes.

  • Take a few minutes to stretch and refuel with a post-workout shake.

In addition to the quick cardio workout, I find just five minutes of yoga and deep breathing can actually help me with my portion control.

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CLEAN COCKTAILS 

On what could be a national holiday, we should enjoy every minute, cocktails and all! There are few simple swaps that will make the drink healthy, and actually tastes good. If you are going the spirits route, stick to tequila, gin or vodka. Tequila is especially beneficial since it contains agavins (gut healing and immune boosting). Mix any of the three with club soda, and squeezed citrus of your choice. This can be lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, etc. If you are going the beer route, stick to light versions or my favorite… Boochcraft (kombucha beer- https://boochcraft.com ).

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8-HOUR EATING WINDOW

The body has the ability to shift into fat burning mode, enhance cognitive function and boost overall immunity by utilizing the 8-hour eating window. This does not require you to make dramatic changes in what you are eating, rather just shift the time in which you eat to an 8-hour period. For example, start eating at 11am and end at 7pm or 12pm-8pm, etc. You can determine which times work best for you.  

During the 16 hours of fasting, the body goes into rapid cellular cleanup mode. This process increases the hormone norepinephrine, which facilitates in the breakdown of fats and their efficient use for energy. It also clears out all the cellular waste, slowing down the aging process and significantly boosting energy. The entire process gives the body a chance to reboot its own battery and work most efficiently on all levels. According to a study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, subjects who ate the same number of calories (as they would in a normal day) in a smaller window of time had a “significant modification of body composition, including reductions in fat mass.”

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HEALTHY RECIPES

Thanks to these fabulous resources, we now have excellent healthy recipes to choose from!

Have fun on Game Day!! GO RAMS!!!