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‘Big Game’ Eating And Exercise

February 4, 2010
By Charles Stuart Platkin

The Super Bowl has become one of the biggest eating events of the year. And many of you will be indulging big time, enjoying a buffet of calorie-laden dishes. What follows might spoil the party for you - but it's meant as an opportunity to illustrate the cost of various foods in a language you can understand. So read on to make sure that your choices are splurgeworthy.

One-half Digiorno pizza, cheese-stuffed crust, limited edition bacon-sausage-pepperoni = 299 touchdown dances in the end zone

That's 975 calories per half. Frozen pizzas can be deceiving. Have you seen some of those end zone dances? This is serious business. Plus, I'm counting on your doing each dance for 15 to 20 seconds.

Fit Tip: There are frozen and delivery pizza choices with a lot fewer calories. Choose thin crust and avoid meats and extra cheese to drop the calories down to about 720 for half a 12-inch pizza.

One cup of creamy macaroni and cheese = Face painting 38 wild football fans

Mac and cheese has more than 850 calories in just 1 cup. It's made with lots of high-calorie Cheddar, Parmesan, butter, pasta, milk and sometimes sour cream.

Fit Tip: This dish is really easy to make over. Use low-calorie cheese, whole-grain pasta, skim milk and cooking spray instead of butter.

Six T.G.I. Friday's loaded potato skins = Doing "the wave" 6,389 times

Each potato skin (half a potato) is 218 calories. That's a lot when you consider that an entire potato is 160 calories. But these potato skins are deep fried and topped with cheese, bacon and sour cream.

Fit Tip: These are easy to make yourself. Microwave the potato, then cut it in half and put it in the toaster oven with some cooking spray.

Six KFC honey barbecue wings with dipping sauce = Playing pro football for 59 minutes

That's 59 minutes of actual playing time - standing on the sidelines or in the huddle doesn't count. Each wing has 90 calories, and the dipping sauce is about 50 calories per container.

Fit Tip: You can certainly make your own chicken wings. Go skinless and bake instead of deep frying them.

Two beef empanadas with sour cream = shopping for 235 minutes

Empanadas can be filled with chicken, fish, vegetables or meat. They're deep fried and generally have about 298 calories.

Fit Tip: Skip the sour cream, and if you make them yourself, bake them instead of frying.

Large meatball sub = Climbing the stadium stairs for 109 minutes

It's meatballs, mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce on a hero roll, adding up to 1,020 calories.

Fit Tip: How about turkey meatballs (made with turkey breast meat), low-fat mozzarella and a whole-grain hero. You won't even taste the difference.

One pint of Ben & Jerry's Chubby Hubby ice cream = Cleaning the stadium after the game for 322 minutes

That's almost five and one-half hours of cleaning - no breaks. And yes, that pint has 1,320 calories.

Fit Tip: There are many very tasty low-calorie ice creams. For instance, Breyers All Natural Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry is 110 calories per 1/2 cup or 440 calories for a pint, so you save nearly 900 calories.

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