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It’s time for college football!
Well, I suppose it’s time for NFL as well…but I don’t care for the NFL, and this is my blog, so … 🙂
Listen, whether you like to sink you dollars into the terribly corrupt non-profit known as the NFL, or whether you prefer to invest your Alma Mater spirit in the [likely corrupt, but who is counting] good-natured-still-playing-for the-sake-of-playing game of pigskin heralded by those hopeful collegiate players, is really neither here nor there.
I’m not here to change your mind about football, what I am here to do is make sure you are aware that whether YOUR TEAM wins or loses, you will be getting hosed if you buy into the marketing ploys surrounding this beloved time of year.
And which marketing ploys are those?
You know the ones…
“Buy one pizza, get one for a nickel!”
What a deal! That’s like getting an extra 1000 calories and gaining weight without trying! Jackpot!
“Buy a bucket of chicken and get two 2-liters of soda for free!”
Hang on, a ‘bucket’ – anything that comes in Size: ‘Bucket’ should be a clue it may be more suited for farm animals than the svelte self we are aiming for, no? And let me assure you that there is nothing “Free” about soda. Unless of course you are trying to save money on cleaning supplies. And also trying to keep your dentist in business and waste your money at the gym…
There’s a better way.
Whether you are a guest or a host, spend some extra time with your friends making some amazing dishes. You can cook while you are watching Game Day and build some great memories in the meantime. Oh- and- losers do dishes.
Need some ideas on what to make? There are almost 30 amazing recipes to choose from HERE. Everything from simple Guacamole to Poblano-Turkey Sausage Chili, to Creole Deviled Eggs. There’s a little something for everyone.
And of course, free or not, soda is not even the true drink of choice during football season – BEER reigns supreme!
And so does the marketing.
Per serving, even the lightest beer has more calories [and usually more carbs] than it’s alcohol equivalent in liquor or wine.
Obviously, the key word there is, “per serving”.
And also “alcohol equivalent”.
Just as a quick reference, a serving is as follows:
1 beer [12 oz]
1 glass of wine [5 oz]
1 drink of liquor [1. 5 oz]
Both wine and standard liquors/spirits [i.e. Vodka, Run, Whiskey, Tequila, and Gin] have about 100 calories per serving and unless you are drinking very sweet white wine or cotton candy Vodka, you can keep your sugars low.
Beer is a whole other game. Check out the pyramid below to see where your favorite brand stacks up!
Now, I know what you are thinking …some of the beers near the top of pyramid show as having less than 100 calories. Yes… but look at the corresponding percentages… 2.3% ? Here is where that notion of alcoholic equivalence [new vocabulary word!] comes into play:
You would have to drink at LEAST 2-3 of those >100 calories beers in order to feel as good as a glass of wine. At which point you have surpassed the calories in the wine.
For the record, I am as equally biased towards wine as I am towards college football.
Nonetheless, I am also biased towards getting you towards your health goals and not giving up everything you love!
Until next time,
Stay Well and Root for the Clemson Tigers,
beer pyramid c/o thehealthydrinker.com