Football Food That Won't Make You Look Like a Player
I confess...the appeal of football escapes me. Football food, however...now that's another story. Warm, cheesy dips, big sandwiches, nachos, wings...yum yum. But you can easily blow through two days worth of fat, sodium and calorie allotments if you're not careful!
Luckily, there are ways to make game-day snacks healthy and delicious. After all, football players burn tons of calories during a game. If you're coaching them from the couch through the TV screen? Not so much. Try these healthier swaps to make game-day food both fun and good for you.
1) Skip the chip. There's no law that says you must use a fried, salty chip as the vehicle to deliver dips to your mouth. Try cut-up celery, endive leaves, or make your own baked tortilla chips.
2) Choose the right dip. Replace cheesy, gloppy fat bombs with spicy bean dips, good-fat guacamole, or a lower-fat version of favorites like spinach and artichoke dip that lets the veggies sing.
3) Serve a meal, not snacks. I love snack foods as much as the next person, but a healthy bowl of chili or a veggie-packed turkey sub fills you up with a lot more nutrition than the smaller bites, and keeps you from eating 1,500 calories of snacks alone.
4) Skin those wings. Chicken wings are not terrible for you, except when they are left skin on, deep fried and then slathered with a half-butter, half hot sauce mixture a la typical buffalo wings, or coated in sugary, sticky barbecue sauce. Take the skin off, step away from the deep fryer, and focus on flavor over fat and sugar in your sauce choices. Or sub in boneless, skinless chicken breasts on a skewer topped with a spicy jerk sauce for the enjoyable "meat on a stick" factor.
5) Go mini. Itty bitty Reubens made with cocktail rye, turkey burger sliders, or baby potato skins offer the taste of their full size counterparts without the calorie wallop. Just stop at one!
What are your favorite football snacks?