For many college and NFL football fans across the US, end of summer/early fall signals the beginning of a decrease in productivity. Monday and Thursday nights, and all day Sunday are reserved for NFL games, while Saturday is when college games will be watched. In contrast, what will most likely increase, are the inches on everyone’s waist as they pound back the brews and wolf down the cheeseburgers and buffalo wings while they cheer on their favorite teams. In order to save you from yourself this football season, here are a few ways to stay health conscious while still enjoying the game you grew up with:
For many, buffalo wings are a staple food to munch on while watching two sides battle it out on the football field. Unfortunately though, the traditional recipe calls for deep fried wings, and a sauce that should come with a disclaimer for heart attacks. Thanks to this recipe though, we can now enjoy that buffalo wing taste, without risking a clogged artery.
2. Game Day Dip
Another game day classic that tends to pack on the pounds for some is that game day dip. You know what I’m talking about..that extra meaty, cheesy, sour creamy dip with bacon bits on top. So here’s a recipe for a game day dip that your guests won’t be forced to remember every time they look at themselves in the mirror. Some of the highlights include, plenty of beans, veggies, and low fat cram cheese..
3. Nutritious Pizza
Although tempted, never order out your game day pizza if you’re serious about cutting calories. There are many pizzas that can easily be made at home that contain a fraction of the calories. One of my favorites, the Green pizza, uses brocoli and arugula bits to make a pizza that’s both delicious and nutritious.
4. Potato Chip Alternatives
Generating an annual revenue of 7 billion dollars a year, the potato chip is undoubtably one of America’s favorite snack foods. Unfortunately though, this snack is loaded with salt and unwanted calories. When in search of a healthier alternative, prepare to get creative. You can make healthy ‘potato chips’ out of many different things, taro, sweet potatoes, kale, etc. One of my favorites is apple chips.
5. Drink Wisely
Even without chowing down during game time, it’s still possible to grow that gut with unhealthy drink choices. Should you decide to drink beer during the game, be advised that a light beer is a good choice when you’re watching your waist. Also, as a general rule, be sure to steer clear of dark beers. Just one bottle of Blue Moon or Sam Adams IPA and you’re 170+ calories down.
Now put these tips to good use this upcoming football season while you cheer your team to victory!