Ask the Dietitian: 'What Are Some Gut-Healthy Foods I Can Eat During The Big Game?'

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By Kristin Neusel, MS RD LD CDCES

Watching The Big Game is a lot of fun, but it also comes with challenging meal decisions.

It’s hard to manage Type 2 diabetes on a normal day, but even more difficult during an event that usually involves a lot of tempting—but unhealthy—foods.

On average, people consume 2,400 calories during football games—more than a day’s worth for some people!

We’ve got tips to make game day fun and delicious—without taking your diet off the rails.

If you are already taking a medical probiotic, your routine should be no different. Just remember to take your Pendulum Glucose Control in the morning and again in the evening.

And remember to always keep Pendulum Glucose Control refrigerated.

Heading to a viewing party?

Planning ahead is key!

Bring a side that you know is a healthy choice.

Once you arrive at the party, stick to veggie and fruit platters rather than loaded nachos and deep-fried chicken wings (It’s hard, we get it!).

If you’re hosting the party, instead of pizza delivery try a cauliflower-crust pizza topped with some:

  • Ground flaxseed for added fiber (and Omega-3’s!)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese

Instead of meat, top off the pizza with your favorite veggies.

Going to the game?

Are you one of the lucky few that has a ticket to the Big Game?

If so, you will be interested to know that many stadiums now offer healthier menu items.

Plan ahead and check out the stadium team’s website prior to the game. Simply type “nutrition” in the search bar, and you can explore what’s available.

No nutrition information available? Look up menu items on the Calorie King website or app before you indulge.

If you’re unsure about what’s available, many stadiums will allow you to bring soft-sided coolers into the stadium (check the guidelines beforehand, as each stadium has different rules). This way, you’re in control of what you eat.

Bring a turkey sandwich on whole-grain bread with some veggie sticks and a low-fat cheese stick.

Or, prep some apple slices with peanut butter.

All of these foods will fill you up with healthy protein, making those empty food-court calorie items less appealing.

These tips will help you enjoy yourself without missing out.
  • BYOM (Bring our own meat): Bring a veggie burger, chicken breast, or lean turkey burger with a whole-grain bun. Bring some nuts for a side, and toss in some fresh fruit like raspberries, which are high in fiber. 
  • Get Grilling: Grilling is a healthy way to prepare food because it allows fat to drip off. Plus, you can be in control of what you grill and how you grill it! Add your favorite seasonings and some low-sugar BBQ sauce with a whole-grain bun to top it off.

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Before you consider any of these gut-microbiome dietary solutions, talk to your healthcare provider. 
The FDA has not approved or evaluated these statements. Pendulum products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. Results may vary.


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