8 Healthy Game Day Tips and Recipe

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It’s Super Bowl Sunday this weekend, and for many that can mean absentmindedly munching on high fat high calorie processed game day foods. The good news is that this doesn’t have to be the case! You can create an awesome game day spread and still enjoy some delicious game-time munchies without sacrificing your health. Here are some super simple tips and healthier food alternatives for your Super Bowl spread that will taste good AND feel good!

1) Make your own wings. Normal store or restaurant-bought wings can contain a ton of calories and fat. Grill your own with a simple marinade of your favorite seasoned salt and hot sauce to avoid all those unnecessary calories.

2) Swap out the BBQ sauce. BBQ sauce can be a great condiment in small quantities, but it is loaded with sugar. Try offering a fresh guacamole alongside or instead of your BBQ sauce. The avocados in the guacamole make for a heart-healthy satisfying topping for almost anything on your game day table.

3) Upgrade your chips. Potato chips are so…last year. This year upgrade to a lower fat higher nutrition version with chips like Beanfields Nacho Bean & Rice Chips which are high in protein and fiber (and happen to be gluten-free and vegan)!

4) Beautify with produce. Aside from adding some lively color to your spread, offering some raw veggies and fruit with your dip provides a healthier snack that still has that satisfying crunch to it.

5) Substitute your dips. Still want a creamy dip but don’t want the calories? Sub Greek yogurt for full-fat sour cream or mashed avocados for mayonnaise. You’ll get a lower fat, lower calorie version with the added nutritional benefits of protein and healthy fats and still have that yummy creamy consistency.

6) Mini-size it. Didn’t you know? Mini is all the rage these days. Ok, maybe not for everyone, but we certainly love how much more approachable smaller sized versions of typical monster-sized foods are. This Sunday, serve sliders rather than full-size burgers and brownie bites instead of big brownies. Not only will it help to slow down your eating, but it’ll be a lot less messy to eat.

7) Make a plate. It can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of the game and your friends and to not notice how many times your hand reaches into the chip bowl. One easy way to avoid this is to make yourself a plate of food before you start eating. This way, you can still eat without thinking about it, but just off of a plate that you mindfully put together before all the excitement started. And before you get up for seconds (if you do at all), give your stomach some time to digest your first plate and check in with how you really feel – are you really still hungry? If you’re on the border, drink some water – your thirst may just be disguising itself as hunger.

8) Eat breakfast and lunch. Eat a healthy nutritious breakfast and lunch on game day to help you minimize continuous munching while you prepare and to avoid overeating possibly less healthy game time snacks.

CREAMY AVOCADO, ARTICHOKE & KALE DIP

Recipe courtesy of Blissful Basil

Ingredients (serves 6-8):

2 cups chopped curly kale
½ tablespoon olive oil
1 14-ounce can whole artichoke hearts, drained
2 small avocados
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1 garlic clove, minced
¼ teaspoon sea salt
black pepper, to taste

Add the kale and olive oil to a skillet over medium-low heat. Cook the kale until it wilts and becomes tender, stirring occasionally (5-6 minutes). Transfer the kale to a cutting board and chop into small pieces. Let cool.

While the kale is cooking, quarter the artichoke hearts.

Scoop the flesh from the avocados into a food processor along with the lemon juice, hemp seeds, garlic, sea salt, and black pepper. Process for 2-3 minutes or until completely smooth.

Transfer the avocado cream, kale, and artichoke hearts to a bowl and gently mix together with a spoon.

Transfer the dip to a serving dish. Serve alongside tortilla chips, pita chips, rice crackers, or sliced vegetables.

This dip is best enjoyed fresh, but will keep for 1-2 days in the refrigerator. Store leftovers in an airtight container with a layer of plastic wrap pressed up against the dip to prevent browning.

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