Healthy Game Day Eating

By Heather Irwin, MS, RD, LDN

Football season is well underway and this often means an abundance of tempting snacks, over-sized burgers, and rich desserts.  Don’t let the traditionally fatty foods and alcoholic beverages sideline you this season.  Here are some tips and recipe links to help you have a winning season!

Offer to Bring Something

Bring something healthy that you know you can eat and others will enjoy or help to organize the party.  Make sure you assign someone to bring fruit and a salad or vegetable tray.

Think Healthy Grilling

  1. Select a lean meat  (93% lean or more or ground turkey)
  2. Opt for healthy burger fixings like avocado, tomato, and lettuce
  3. Forgo the cheese and save about 100 calories and 5 grams of saturated fat
  4. Pick up some whole wheat buns
  5. If opting for brats, sausages, or hot dogs, choose those that have less than 3 grams of fat per ounce
  6. If beef is your meat of choice, choose a leaner cut like sirloin, t-bone, or flank steak
  7. Try sliders instead of full-size burgers
  8. Grill up some chicken kabobs and include zucchini, squash, peppers, and onions to each skewer
  9. Keep the idea of a healthy chili or stew for the colder months. One of our favorites is this Crockpot White Chicken Chili by Diethood.

Healthy Snacking

  1. A veggie tray with healthy dips like a Greek yogurt based ranch dressing, guacamole, and hummus. Or try this lightened up version of a layered taco dip by Yellow Bliss Road.
  2. Fruit salad
  3. Salsa with baked tortilla chips
  4. Unbuttered popcorn
Heather Irwin, MS, RD, LDN
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