How to Eat Smart at a Super Bowl Party

Pizza, chicken wings, six-foot heroes loaded with the works — what’s not to like about the spread at a Super Bowl party? Just one thing: the way you’ll feel the next morning if you eat and drink everything in sight.

To avoid overindulging, try to eat a snack before heading to a party — and if you’re really determined to skip the spread altogether, bring your own healthy options.

Eating

• Try to eat your food in order of lowest to highest calories, so you’re not as hungry by the time you get to the wings.

• Use a small plate, fill it once and don’t go back for more until the second half of the game. Feel free to snack on unlimited amounts of veggies.

• Don’t sit right next to the food. Sit across the room. This makes a huge difference.

• Limit the variety of your snacks. The more options you have on your plate, the more you’ll eat.

• Keep visible reminders in sight. If the chicken wing bones and empty beer bottles pile up, they’ll remind you of how much you’re consumed so far.

Drinking

• Skip the alcohol if you can. Not only are you drinking calories, but the alcohol lowers your inhibitions and decreases your ability to resist tempting dishes.

• If you’re a beer drinker, drink light beer.

• Avoid IPAs, Russian imperial styles and high alcohol content beers, which can contain more than 300 calories per bottle.

Hosting

• Provide healthy options: vegetable platters with Greek yogurt dip, fresh fruit salad, 100-calorie bags of nuts (instead of chips or crackers), guacamole with veggies, chili made with ground chicken or turkey and kidney beans, Gerber Graduates (toddler snacks available in different flavors, with only 25 calories for 77 pieces), mini-meatballs made with ground turkey.

• Offer low-fat cheese; if bacon is on the menu, go for the turkey variety.

• Bake chicken wings instead of frying them.

• Serve thin-crust whole wheat pizza topped with vegetables instead of meat.

• Order a wedge filled with leaner proteins (turkey, ham, roast beef, chicken) rather than higher-fat meats (salami, bologna).

• Keep the food in the kitchen instead of on a table next to the TV to help avoid mindless snacking.

• Send leftovers home with guests, and get back on track the next morning. You can even out the extra calorie expenditure by the end of the week by being careful.

• Don’t end up in the kitchen alone after the party ends. This can lead to late-night snacking, especially if you’ve been drinking alcohol. Leave the kitchen a mess and go to bed. You’re much less likely to overeat in the morning.

Most importantly, be sure to enjoy yourself, your company and the game! May thr best team win!