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

Draft of Drafts

The Kitchen hosts give you their first round draft picks for their favorite game day brews. We’ve got the perfect beer for every football fan and all the beer basics with our “Draft of Drafts”.

Super Snack Mixes for the Big Game

Whether you're hosting a rowdy football-watching crowd or headed to a game day party, a snack mix is a great make-ahead option for guests.

How to Make 7-Layer Greek Dip

Spend more time in front of the game and less time in the kitchen by making this seven-layer dip the day before. It's a hearty option to serve with chips that's also vegetarian-friendly.

On the Road Eats: Best Game Day Wings

Make a play at these top chicken wing spots for the best game-day grub around.

7 Delicious Dips for Your Snack Stadium

Impressing your game-day guests with an epic snack display starts with an irresistible dip.

Stars' Tailgating Favorites

When Food Network stars are in charge of a tailgating spread, you better bet that the menu is a game changer.