Football season has finally arrived. Get ready to snack, drink, and cheer on your team! Tailgates and football parties typically include a lot of beer and a lot of snacks… and why shouldn’t it! However, there are many ways you can make your football snacks a bit healthier. Keep reading for a few tips and tricks to make football Sunday’s more nutrient friendly!
Thousands of people drink during Sunday Night Football and the calories can sneak up on you. Healthier alternatives include:
- Drinking light/low carb beer.
- If you’re drinking cocktails, try to make the ingredients sugar free to steer clear of added sugars.
- If you don’t drink alcohol, try sticking with diet sodas or even just water!
Buffalo chicken dip is a very popular snack during the season. Ways to make it healthier include:
- Using fat free or light ingredients instead of the regular options (ex. Using light ranch instead of buttermilk ranch)
- Using whole wheat chips to dip instead of original
- Use vegetables to dip in place of chips
Burgers and hotdogs are another popular football tailgate food. You can make them slightly healthier by:
- Making sure the beef patties are lean (aim for 90% lean or more)
- Make turkey burgers and hot dogs
Making these small and subtle changes can make a huge difference. By adding a little more thought into prepping for football Sunday, you can worry less about added calories throughout game day!
Written by GUADS staff member Emily