Healthier Game Day Snacks
Gameday is a cherished tradition across the country! Whether it’s about touchdowns, baskets or home runs, game day is celebrated in most households with delicious (and most times not so nutritious) foods like sliders, chips, creamy dips, hot dogs, and of course wings.
If you are watching the big game, or just the commercials, read on for 5 healthier game-day snacks you can make to have a healthier menu for your family and guests and score big this Super Bowl.
Mix Up Your Appetizer Line-Up
Serve bean dip and guacamole instead of creamy high-calorie dips. Choosing beans and avocados to be the stars of your game day spread boosts smart fats, fiber, valuable plant compounds, plus protein in the case of beans. For simple, no-cook options, fat-free refried pinto or black beans are available in easy to use cans and fresh guacamole is available and on sale for buy one get one free at Safeway for the big game!
Go for the Greek Yogurt Quarterback Sneak
Dips are a must for any game day party. By swapping out the sour cream or mayo in your favorite game-day dips with plain Greek yogurt, you pump up the protein and calcium while bringing down the calories and saturated fat. Instead of mayonnaise, add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to every 1/4 to 1/2 cup of nonfat Greek plain yogurt.
Fun-to-Eat Finger Food
Chicken breast skewers, nuts, fresh fruit and raw veggies work great at a party, offering you something sweet (fruit), something crunchy (veggies) and something savory and satisfying (chicken and in-shell nuts).
Choose raw veggies like sugar snap peas, baby carrots, cucumber slices, jicama and celery sticks. In-shell nuts are slow to eat and fun to crack, a perfect snack during a game as a good source of protein, fiber and other important nutrients.
For a super tasty, tender and lean high-protein finger food, try this game stopping recipe for Lemon Garlic Chicken Skewers using chicken tenders and Oikos Triple Zero Coconut Crème Greek yogurt.
Stay Ahead in the Fourth Quarter by Exercising Moderation
If you are serving cupcakes and cookies toward the end of the game, go for the mini cupcakes, bite-size cookies or fun size and mini candy bars, so your guests can feed their sweet tooth more mindfully.
By following these simple steps, your fellow sports fans will be full and guilt-free when the final whistle blows.
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