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Have a “Super” healthy party watching the “Big Game”

January 24, 2018

Super Bowl LII will be played Feb. 4 between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, bringing together millions of football fans throughout the country who will watch the game with eyes glued to their TV. Yes, time for that annual tradition, theSuper Bowl Party.

If you’re the host, whether for a handful of friends or dozens of football fanatics, take some simple precautions so that the only personal fouls are the ones onscreen.

The menu:

The usual favorites like beer, chicken wings, BBQ ribs and potato chips will be in high demand – and hey, it’s a party – but it’s always a nice alternative to offer healthy snacks like carrot and celery sticks, nuts and water or non-sugary drinks. Let your guests have the choice.

There will be plenty of bathroom breaks, so make sure there’s lots of hand soap and fresh towels available for guests. Disposable wipes are also good to have for fans to use between bites.  

Here are some tips to keep the party safe from http://www.foodsafety.gov/ :

  • Keep hot food hot and cold food cold.
  • Hot foods must have a heat source to keep them at or warmer than 140 °F.
  • Cold foods should be kept on ice to remain at a safe temperature at or below 40 °F. If you’re partying outside, make sure the cooler stays that way.
  • Perishable foods left out longer than two hours should be discarded and replenished with fresh servings. Those hot wings don’t improve with age!
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds to avoid spreading bacteria to your towels.
  • Never reuse paper towels. This product is for single use only. When used multiple times, bacteria can find their way onto the towel and hitch a ride around the kitchen.
  • Kitchen towels build up bacteria after multiple uses. To keep the bacteria from getting the upper hand, you should wash your kitchen towels frequently in the hot cycle of your washing machine.

Visit the Nutrition Services page within Riverside University Health System-Public Health (www.rivcoph.org) to learn more about healthy eating. The County of Riverside Department of Public Health wants your best health! Visit us on Twitter @rivcodoc or Google +.  And be sure to check out our Facebook page.