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A Low Carb Super Bowl? It Can Be Done!

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Let the Games Begin!¬† ūüŹą

Super Bowl parties are notoriously rough for people with diabetes -- pizza, burgers, nachos, fries, chips, beer, more chips, more beer... and that's all before dessert.  It's like the Big Bang of carb bombs! And even if you're trying your hardest to stay low carb and on track, it can feel impossible -- every commercial break presents another set of masterfully orchestrated temptations.

This year, advertisers are spending $5 million per 30-second spot (almost $170K per second!) or approximately $500,000,000  just to get us to eat that burger, grab another handful of chips, drink one more beer ... which is all good (we like watching the ads), except for the fact that most of those foods are not good choices when considering the impact on blood sugar.

Hint - #itscarbs

A Low Carb Super Bowl? ūü§Ē

We all like a good party and the snacks that go with it, so what can you do to ensure that you don't have a carb-tastrophy? Have a low carb Super Bowl. Yep, that's the key! ūüĒĎ The good news is you can definitely stay within your low carb Super Bowl limits as long as you're¬†prepared. And, despite a $500,000,000 budget designed to convince you to eat more carbs, you will be armed with the information and ability to make great choices!

 

What We Found

Last week at One Drop, a few of us got together and ran some ‚Äúexperiments‚ÄĚ to "scientifically determine" carb counts for all the major snacks¬†advertised at this year's Super Bowl.* ¬†We sampled everything, and though most of¬†the snacks were¬†pretty awful (Skittles, anyone?), we did manage to find¬†some low-carb options hidden among them!


*Note: No actual science occurred in the making of this video. 

All jokes aside, there are some small steps you can take to make tonight healthy, while still having tons of fun with family and friends! Pro-Tips include: 

‚ĚĎ counting carbs

‚ĚĎ setting a "total carb" goal¬†for the¬†day

‚ĚĎ opting for the kid-/mini-size snacks whenever possible

‚ĚĎ go big on wings & buffalo chicken dip (0 carbs!)

‚ĚĎ stand up & walk around during every commercial break¬†

 

You can do this! And remember, tomorrow everything will be back to normal and you can go back to fueling your body the right way. Enjoy! 

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Rachel Sanchez-Madhur
Feb 03, 2019

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