Surviving Football Sunday: Bars and Restaurants

You can rack up some major calories while out rooting for your favorite team on Sundays. Here's how to cheer on your team without over-doing it.
football

152998581

Halftime Special

Photo by: Randy Hines

Randy Hines

If you’re like me, Sunday football is a must-do activity during the fall and early winter. While rooting for your favorite team won’t cost you any calories, some football festivities have major penalties, especially when the game heads out to restaurants and bars.

Piling Up

Spending the afternoon at a local bar and grill can get you into more trouble than you might think. Let’s crunch the numbers…

Let’s say you meet up with friends to watch a couple of games. You arrive around 1pm and plan on leaving by 6pm, in time to make it home for the night game.

Let’s assume you consume 2 beers an hour, plus munch on chicken wings (5 pieces), some nachos (1/4 order), plus a cheeseburger (no fries, you’re being “good”).

Hold on to your helmet! That comes out to 3150 calories in 5 hours. That’s over 150% of the calories most folks need in an entire day. Eat like this for 16 regular season weeks and you’ll tackle over 50,000 calories (14.5 pounds), and that’s not counting the Super Bowl party!

Game Plan

If you spend ample hours at the neighborhood watering hole every Sunday, use these tips to avoid looking like a linebacker this season.

  • Eat a healthy breakfast – kick the day off right.
  • Exercise – start Sunday morning by burning some calories.
  • Sideline the alcohol – keep the drinking conservative to avoid a hi-cal pile up.
  • Plan ahead – see if the menu is online ahead of time, choose the healthiest options and be sure to share.
  • Bye-weeks: on occasion – stay home!
  • See our tips for ordering at popular chains.

Next Up

Football Sunday? Try These Healthy Tailgating Snacks

Football Sunday Healthy Snacks for Game Day

Where to Get Your Nacho Fix Across the Country

A heaping platter of crunchy, gooey nachos might be simple, yet its power to satisfy and comfort is undeniable. Here's where to get great nachos from coast to coast.

Grilling Indoors for Game Day

In keeping with the spirit of the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl next weekend, we rounded up a few grilled favorites that make great game day eats no matter what the temperature.

Win Your Big-Game Bash with 6-Foot Nachos

No matter whether your game-day crowd is more focused on the football, the commercials or the food, this eye-popping spread of rainbow-hued nachos will steal the show.

This Giant Lazy Susan Majorly Upgrades Game-Day Snacking

We can't think of a better use for a remote control car.

POLL: What's Your Tailgating Style?

The Food Network Magazine editors want to know all about your tailgating traditions.

A Game-Day Brew for Every Team

Pick up a craft brew representative of your team's hometown.

Game Day Snacks That Food Network Staffers Swear By

Go the whole nine yards with these winning recipes!

POLL: What Do You Eat for the Big Game?

Football season is here and Food Network Magazine wants to know how you prepare for the big game.