Winning Game Day Snacks
Recipes and Inspiration for Healthy Snacking on Game Day!
Put together a winning strategy for game day snacks featuring great-tasting foods that are healthier and more satisfying than the typical sports party menu of high-fat, high-calorie foods and beer.
There are plenty of nutritious options for snacks that allow your sports fans to satisfy the munchies without sacrificing their health.
If you're looking for game day snacks that have winning taste and nutrition, the first thing you'll want to do is re-think those standard potato chips. A one-ounce serving contains 150 calories, 90 of which are from fat. That might not sound all that bad until you learn that a one-ounce serving is generally just 10 to 20 chips, depending on the brand and the type. It's more likely a guest will drop 20 chips in the couch cushions than that they'll stop eating after that many, so some addition (or multiplication) may be necessary to figure the real impact of chips. Just a few handfuls of standard potato chips have the potential to add several hundred calories to the dietary scoreboard, so read those ingredient labels carefully (there are healthier chip options out there).
Also consider offering fresh fruits and veggies and pretzels for dipping. (Be sure to take a look at our Dip Recipes!) Serve unbuttered popcorn, revved up with one of Frontier's Popcorn Seasonings: Cheddar Cheese, Cheddar & Spice, Nacho Cheese, or Sour Cream & Onion. You might want to make several flavors and encourage guests to sample each.
Simply Organic also has a full line of regular and spicy dip mixes you can prepare with low-fat mayonnaise, low-fat sour cream, or plain yogurt to make them additionally healthy. The packets are perfect to have on hand when there are last-minute additions to the guest list.
While some of your guests may stay glued to the TV during halftime, most will take advantage of the break for some major refueling. Traditional bowl game fare often includes vast quantities of high fat foods -- grilled hamburgers or hot dogs, mini-sausages simmered in barbeque sauce, and the head-turning (and potentially heart-stopping) deep-fat fried Buffalo wings. A single wing (betcha can't eat just one) can contain 250 calories and 15 grams of fat -- and that's before you dip them in the sauce (maybe 20 more calories and a couple 2 grams of fat).
If your crowd can't watch a game without the wings, minimize the damage with a different method of preparation. Select your favorite Frontier Cajun, Barbecue or Mexican seasonings and prepare a rub. Vigorously rub the spices onto the wings and then grill them. If you prefer to brush on the flavor, blend the spices with a little honey and brush on toward the end of cooking time. Your guests will totally enjoy the results, but won’t have to deal with the extra fat (and pounds!) that come with the fried method.
Another tasty idea is to prepare a batch of pulled, barbequed turkey (you can keep it hot in the crock-pot) and serve with whole wheat buns and quartered dill pickles. Or buy several packages of turkey legs and toss them on the grill after seasoning with Simply Organic's flavor-enhancing Chicken Seasoning (works on turkey too!). A pasta salad made with beans and sliced vegetables would make a tasty side dish and would also provide an option for your vegetarian friends.
If you’ll be serving grilled Buffalo wings, be sure the dips you serve with them are also lower in fat and calories by preparing them with lowfat mayonnaise, lowfat sour cream, or plain yogurt. The dips can can be paired with a tray of healthy fresh-cut veggies — baby carrots, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, green onions, cucumbers, sliced red and green peppers, green beans, pea pods. Prepare in advance and store in sealable bags for quick and easy refilling on game day. You might be surprised how quickly the tray empties, and how often people go back for refills throughout the day!
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