Meade County Extension Office
March is one of my favorite months of the year. The first day of spring is March 19 and basketball season is culminating into the road to the Final Four! I love to watch my favorite team, the Kentucky Wildcats, in action, but yelling at the refs or substituting for Coach Cal doesn’t burn a lot of calories. It seems food and fans go hand in hand. Give me a bowl of popcorn or chips while watching the game and I can eat the whole thing and not even realize I’ve taken the first bite!
March is also National Nutrition month. During this month, I will showcase a variety of topics related to good health and nutrition. Based on my weakness of food during sporting events, I will start with ways to eat healthy during tournament time.
Drinking water is good for your body so instead of drinking soft drinks substitute water. If you don’t like the flavor, add some fruit or vegetables like berries, citrus fruits or cucumber. Cut back on beer and other alcoholic beverages. These can cause dehydration, add lots of calories and really make the refs look like they are doing a horrible job.
Fresh vegetable and fruits are good for you so have some on hand to munch on during the game.
Plan on eating a meal before the game or even afterwards. I will refrain from snacking if I am full or know I will be eating a meal afterwards.
Pizza, nachos, chili and tacos are favorite game day foods. It’s okay to eat them in moderation. Use a plate to limit the amount you will consume.
Jumping up and being excited is not enough game day exercise, so start your day off with some healthy activity. This will help offset your couch time while watching the game and help you feel better throughout the day.
Looking for healthy options for game day foods. Stop by the extension office for some nutritious and delicious recipes! Good Luck to all the teams from Kentucky participating in the tournament! Let’s bring back a championship to our state!
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