4 Nutrition Tips for Surviving a March Madness Party

4 Nutrition Tips for Surviving a March Madness Party

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Every March basketball takes center stage and hustles its way into the hearts and homes of athletes and spectators all over the nation.  Along with it comes a full court press of tasty treats. Need tips for keeping your basketball buffet on the healthy side? WINforum is here to help!


Feed your Madness with Yummy (and Healthy) Recipes

Our nutrition experts hand selected recipes for making your March Madness party a healthy success!  We recommend having some lean protein sources such as Chicken Kebobs with Red Pepper Hummus and a few veggie heavy snacks like this Southwest Salad.  Our March Madness Pinterest Board will lead you right to the best of the best recipes.


Party Time:  Pick Your March Madness Food Bracket

When you arrive at a March Madness party, take a look around at all the available foods.  Carefully pick your winners from the basketball buffet and plot out a balanced meal.  Our experts recommend filling half your plate with fresh veggies or salad to add extra vitamins, minerals and fiber. That way you fill your belly with healthy stuff, leaving limited room for the not so healthy stuff.



Drink Up: Hydration is Key for Peak March Madness Fandemonium

March Madness celebrations, often filled with beer and booze, can create a health challenge for even the holiest of wellness gurus.   Try keeping a glass of sparkling water with lime in your hand and limiting alcoholic beverages to maximize awareness and minimize mindless eating.  Also, if at your home, provide pitchers of water to drink along side the pitcher of frosty cold ones.

Aim for at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day (80 ounces for 160lb person), even in times of celebration.  Hydration supports performance on and off the court.


Don’t Be Hangry, Have a Snack Before the Madness Starts

It’s party time and you are HUNGRY or even “HANGRY” (Hunger + Anger = HANGRY) and you are sitting in traffic fighting your way to a March Madness party.  Our experts recommend having a light snack before heading off to any party to help your brain make sensible eating choices from the available foods.

A hungry or “hangry” brain is low on glucose and low glucose means the brain is going to start yelling for food at any minute.  This “yelling” causes us to choose foods that are high in sugar (glucose) so that the brain can feel better fast – watch out plate of chocolate chip cookies!

Once we start this frenzied style of eating all bets are off and we tend to allow our hunger pendulum to swing from being too hungry to overly stuffed and uncomfortable.

The best way to avoid this pant busting overeating is to curb the “hangries” and eat a balanced snack before heading out the door (or before your guests arrive). Some snacks that work well for balancing blood glucose are yogurt, crackers and cheese or even a half of a turkey sandwich.

March Madness will be around for a while, so stock up on high performance snacks , plan a menu that maximizes health and feed your game (#FEEDYOURGAME) by using these WINforum March Madness nutrition tips!

About the author

Emily Edison, owner and founder of Momentum Nutrition & Fitness, is a recognized expert in the areas of sports nutrition and disordered eating, with over 17 years of experience as a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer. Her philosophy centers around fueling with whole foods and eating intuitively, empowering people to eat for performance, improve vitality, and develop a positive relationship with food and body.