February is the month of love, and we see evidence of that everywhere. Heart shapes line supermarket aisles, decorate television ads and fill candy boxes throughout the month (and it’s also National Chocolate Month:)) So it’s no surprise that the American Heart Association (AHA) has named February, American Heart Month. Because heart disease is both prevalent and deadly in the United States, it’s important to do what you can to stay healthy.
Over at the HCA Today blog they have posted a great infographic for those of us visual learners out there. Click here to check out some interesting facts and “life’s simple 7” tips for good heart health. Fascinating stuff!
Three of the “simple 7” mentioned by the AHA have to do with what we eat; they recommend controlling your cholesterol, eating better foods and reducing your blood sugar. My wife is constantly trying to get me to make healthier choices, but she knows there are two times per year when her efforts are futile, Thanksgiving and the Super Bowl.
During the Super Bowl the average football fan eats about a day’s worth of calories. The Calorie Control Council estimates that Americans pack away 11 million pounds of chips on Super Bowl Sunday! I can’t believe that is even possible! Regardless of whether you will be watching for the hard-hitting action, hilarious commercials or the halftime show (ahem…Madonna with Nicky Minaj,) there will be food involved. Instead of going for those nachos and bacon-wrapped whatever, snack on these delicious and healthy game day recipes. Click on the links below to check out all of these amazingly waistline-friendly alternatives to the typical football fare.
And what Super Bowl party would be complete without Buffalo wings? I am sort of a self-proclaimed wing snob, but these baked wings from Food Network look fantastic. The blue cheese dip even calls for Greek yogurt, which I love.
Finally, just a few tips for healthier snacking during the game
- Replace meat with veggies when you can.
- Condiments can kill. Watch creamy dips and cheese.
- Eat at halftime. The problem is that people can munch their way through the entire game. Specify your eating time and focus on the game.
Everyone enjoy the game, food, entertainment or whatever it is you’ll be doing. And Go G-men!