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    The Best Defense against a Super Bowl Calorie Blowout

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 3, 2011 - Super Bowl Sunday is believed to be the second highest day of calorie consumption – following Thanksgiving. To help you enjoy the big game and stick to healthy eating goals, Karen Handy, MPH with Sutter-affiliated Palo Alto Medical Foundation shares a few wholesome game time snacks and nutritious tips on Sutter Health’s award-winning wellness portal,

    • Pre-Game: If you’re really concerned about your calorie consumption, have a pre-game plan to take the edge off your hunger before you go by having a healthy pre-event meal or snack.
    • Starting Lineup: Consider having a “potato bar” with russet, Yukon gold and sweet potatoes and a variety of low-calorie toppings, such as salsa, chopped onions or scallions, non-fat sour cream and vegetarian chili.
    • Crunch Time: Like to nosh with something crunchy? Edamame (Japanese soybeans) warmed in the microwave and lightly salted are very satisfying and fun to eat as you take them out of their shells (this will slow down your overall eating as well to help keep calorie consumption under control).
    • Blitz for a Dip: A refreshing change of pace might be to make some rolls with crunchy veggies and perhaps some shrimp in translucent spring roll wrappers. Pair with a low-calorie dipping sauce of low-sodium soy sauce, lime juice and a bit of chili sauce for a kick, or a low-fat ginger sesame salad dressing. Strawberries dipped into plain non-fat Greek yogurt and then into a bowl of brown sugar for a light dusting make for a tantalizing combination of tangy, sweet and juicy.
    • Keeping Score: Want to stick to a set calorie intake? Use the “bite method” where you count every “bite” of typical Super Bowl fare as 75 calories per bite and then stop when you’ve hit your limit. A 500-calorie tally, for example, would be about 6 bites and change. Fruit and veggies, on the other hand, tend to be more along the lines of 10 calories per bite.
    As football pundits are fond of saying, the best defense is a good offense – for more healthy eating tips, visit Karen’s blog on

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