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Where to Find the Best Food in Super Bowl Village

Sporting events generally aren’t places where you count on finding healthy snacks readily available. Lucas Oil Stadium does have some “real food” (I don’t know if healthy really applies) beyond nachos and hot dogs, so I was hopeful for real options when the Super Bowl came to Indianapolis. While there was not much variety within the Super Bowl Village itself, you will not have to wander far to find something that feels more like a meal than a snack.

The Super Bowl Village, stretching from the Indiana Convention Center to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse (formerly the Conseco Fieldhouse) has plenty of concession stands offering chicken tenders, steak burgers, hot dogs, french fries, soft pretzels, Sweeties gourmet treats, Frito Lay chips, candy, hot cider, coffee, hot chocolate, cappuccino, Gatorade, water, and Pepsi products.

Inside the Indiana Convention Center, which houses the NFL Experience, additional options include Lipton tea, fruit juice, popcorn, whole fresh fruit, Lay’s Potato Chips, Snickers, M&M’s, yogurt, turkey caesar sandwiches, Italian grinder sandwiches, roast beef sandwiches, grilled veggie sandwiches, chicken caesar salad, tossed garden salad. burgers, BBQ pork sandwiches, and tenderloin sandwiches.

Deeper in the NFL Experience, near the memorabilia show and autograph stage, Pepsi Max and Doritos each has an exhibit with free samples, contests, and games. Considering the long lines seen in the NFL Play 60 Game Zone, attendees could have very positive feelings about these exhibits.

Luckily, not far from there in the maze of the NFL Experience, the “Sandwich Zone” offers carved turkey and carved beef for sandwiches with several topping options. They also have candy, soda, water, Gatorade, and Lipton Tea.


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Where to Workout in Indianapolis During Super Bowl Week

Those visiting Indianapolis for the Super Bowl this week may be most concerned about celebrity sightings, fancy parties, the zip line in the Super Bowl Village, or the NFL experience, but that doesn’t mean that they will want to forsake their fitness habits entirely. With hotels packed to the gills and many renting out local homes for the week, the miniature hotel gym may not be the best option for everyone. Luckily, Indianapolis offers a variety of fitness options unique to the Circle City.

I am a big fan of running, even in the snow. Although it might require additional gear to run outdoors, we have had a sunny and unseasonably warm January which is predicted to continue past the big game. Indianapolis offers several trails that are great for runners, walkers or bikers; check out the Canal Walk, the growing Cultural Trail downtown, and the Monon Trail, which extends from the northeast side of downtown through Carmel and Westfield. Take your outdoor exercise a step further by jogging the steps at the Indiana War Memorial located just north of the Circle on Meridian Street.

If you want to take your workout indoors, here is a look at the best places to workout in Indianapolis.
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Winning Recipes for the New York Giants vs. New England Patriots Super Bowl

The 2012 Super Bowl lineup was decided last night, as the AFC and the NFC champions were named. The New England Patriots and the New York Giants will meet February 5 in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI. This isn’t the first time these Eastern teams have met at the NFL championship game, they faced on in 2008, too. In that game, each team broke records: The Giants set a record for the most consecutive wins away from home in a single season; and the Patriots tied a record for most catches in a Super Bowl. Time will tell which records they’ll set this year.

One record fans seem to try to outdo every year is how much they eat. Unless you’re playing as hard, and working out as much, as the guys on the field, you probably don’t need to consume thousands of calories by way of queso, chips, burgers, and beer. Sure, it’s fun, but it’s possible to have all of that food enjoyment without the disastrous calorie bloat that won’t make anyone MVP.

Serve these recipes inspired by the hometowns of the two Super Bowl teams. They look and taste just as good as their original versions, but will save you from going overboard on the second biggest food holiday of the year.

Want to serve a neutral crowd-pleaser? Try our Lighter Buffalo Chicken Dip, with about 206 calories and everything you love about this classic.
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Oikos Greek Yogurt Wins Healthiest Super Bowl Ad of 2012 [VIDEO]

Buzz is building for the 2012 Super Bowl ads before we even know who will compete in Indianapolis. Trend watchers say that pets and sex will continue to sell to the largest TV-viewing audience of the year; more people will watch than will vote in November.

While most are tuning in to watch the final football game of the NFL season, many are watching solely for the commercials. Last year, the healthiest thing about those ads was Jillian Michaels’ appearance in the GoDaddy. This year, we’ve found one healthy food item being advertised amongst a gluttonous roster of chips, beer, and soda.

Dannon’s Oikos Greek Yogurt will make its Super Bowl debut this year, and will win MVP for healthiest product advertised. With only 120 calories for a 5.3-ounce serving, there are no more ingredients in Oikos than are necessary. John Stamos will present Oikos in the commercial as “possibly the best Greek yogurt in the world,” and stats will say blind taste-testers prefer Oikos 2-to-1 against Chobani. Organic sugar, organic blueberries, organic elderberry juice, organic nonfat milk, and five cultures are all it takes to make these slender cup of yogurt.


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Jillian Michaels’ Super Bowl Commercial too Racy for Some [The Contract Video]

A primetime staple for years, Jillian Michaels is about to make her Super Bowl debut pitching GoDaddy.com, a company she’s been promoting as a spokeswoman since 2010.

The web domain registrar has run Super Bowl ads for the past few years, and the 2011 Steelers v. Packers match-up will be no different. Instead of one hot female celebrity, this year there will be two, with mainstay race car driver Danica Patrick playing along in the three scheduled spots. Make that, two scantily clad hot female celebrities.

Of course, Michaels and the brand are already catching heat for it. The no-nonsense Biggest Loser trainer’s reaction?
“For people who have a problem with it, honestly, get a life,” Michaels told The Hollywood Reporter. “There’s so many things you can be worrying about. A Super Bowl spot is not one of them.”
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