Try to avoid mixed drinks, but if it's your pleasure, have diet coke instead of regular coke, use club soda, seltzer water or diet tonic in place of regular tonic water and try substituting four fluid ounces of tomato juice or 100 percent juice in place of syrup. Be careful because mixed drinks can easily be 200-400 calories.
Since this may be a day you'll indulge a bit more than usual, try to get some pre-game energy expenditure into the mix, whether it's hitting the gym, going for a walk, or even playing your own game of touch football with your friends!
Here is one recipe sure to keep you in the Zone. Not only is it packed with protein and fiber, but it provides 25 percent of your daily value for vitamin C, calcium and iron. You can't beat that!
Chicken Sausage Chili
20 ounces (about eight) chicken sausages, spicy, smoked or regular, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 cups chopped yellow onions
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 (12-ounce) bottle dark beer
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, crushed, and their juices
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon sugar
6 cups cooked red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup low-fat grated cheddar cheese, garnish
In a large pot, brown sausage stirring continuously for about five minutes. Add the onions, garlic, chili powder, and cumin and cook, stirring often, until soft, about four minutes. Add beer to remove any cooked-on residue, cooking until foam subsides, about one minute.
Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, and kidney beans to the pot. Stir well and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the chili from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Sprinkle each serving with grated cheese and serve hot.
Makes 8 servings
Per serving: 400 calories, 11 grams fat, 3.5 gram saturated fat, 80mg cholesterol, 880mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate and 29g of protein.
*To lower the sodium content further, consider substituting fresh chicken or ground turkey in place of sausage and limit the salt to taste.