• Janelle Bowman

The Best Defense is a Well-Planned Offense: Super Sunday Nutrition Strategies

Whether you're a commercial connoisseur, armchair quarterback, die-hard fan, or even a social butterfly along for the ride, chances are if you're watching the "big game" today, there'll be plenty of temptations around that could toss your nutrition game plan out the window. Here are a few tips to keep you on track, while still allowing you to have fun and respect yourself in the morning!

Pre Game: Eat normal, balanced meals prior to parties & gatherings. Focus on lots of lean proteins, veggies, and some healthy fats to keep you feeling good heading into game time! Avoid the temptation to starve yourself in order to “save up” calories for later. This typically results in binging on anything and everything in sight later on. Excessive celebration penalty!

Warm Ups: Set yourself up for success by offering (or bringing) healthier foods. Fresh veggies like carrot sticks, celery, cucumber and bell pepper pepper slices all serve and awesomely dip-able alternatives to chips & pretzels. Pair them with hummus, salsa, guac, or my green-goodness dip recipe! Bake home-made wings rather than ordering over-priced fried take-out. While your at it, bake up a batch of seasoned kale chips (recipe here!) Chili is a no-brainer for adding some protein to your party, and sneaking in some extra veggies! Not only will you be getting great nutrition, all of those veggies will help you feel fuller, and reduce the overall amount of snacks you reach for.

Game Time: Get yo’self outta the kitchen, and away from the snack table and WATCH THE GAME!! Whether you’re in it for the football, or just to catch the commercials, have fun, socialize, and enjoy some actual interaction with your friends & fam! If you park it within arms reach of the food, you’ll mindlessly keep munching without even realizing it.

Halftime: Focus: Hydration! It’s totally fine to kick back and enjoy a drink or two...but do your Monday morning self a favor, and be sure to work some H20 in the game plan. Aim for at least every other drink you consume to be water. You’ll be helping your hydration, and feel fuller, so you’ll probably want to drink a lil less overall. Win. Win.

Post Game: So, you’re most likely not on the next flight to Disney World, which means you’ve gotta be set to roll right into another busy week. Share your high-fives and arm-chair commentary, then wind it down and get into rest & recovery mode. Head home (or kindly, but effectively) send your guests packing so you can get to bed at a decent hour.

Now huddle up, get your crew together and make it a Super Sunday!

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