"The Big Game" the Healthy Way

The "Big Game" is almost here, do you have a healthy game plan for your family's game day  snacks?  You can help keep your family fit like the pros and save money by skipping "finger foods" -- such as pigs-in-a-blanket, chicken wings, and pizza bagels.  Instead, here are some healthy choices for "game day" snacks the whole family will love!

  1. Wings
    1.25 billion chicken wings  will be eaten this Sunday -- enough to fill over 1 million football fields!  Each wing has about 100 calories, not including the high-fat bleu cheese or ranch dip.
    Try:  Baked (skinless) chicken strips with low-fat ranch dressing!  Don't forget the celery on the side.
  2. Pizza
    Although pizza is a quick and easy solution, it can be high in fat and calories. Pizza can also cost a lot of money if you are ordering for a party. 
    Try: Have your own healthy pizza station set up at home and let everyone make their own mini pizza on an English muffin and add lots of veggies.
  3. Chips
    Potato chips have a lot of sodium and fat, and are not very filling. 
    Try:  Bake sweet potato fries that everyone will love.
  4. Beverages
    Most Americans drink soda and sugary drinks during football games, which contains a lot of "empty" calories.
    Try: Unsweetened tea or flavored water.  Try making a Homemade Fizzy Fruit Drink.  Put 1/4 cup orange juice with 3/4 cup of seltzer water and a few ice cubes and stir!
  5. Veggies with Dip
    Carrots, celery, and broccoli are great, healthy options to include on your game day spread.  However, be careful of what you are adding to them -- some dips are very high fat and can be high in cost.
    Try:  Guacamole, hummus or our MyPlate Salsa are great options.
"The Big Game" is a great time to bond with friends and family over one of America's favorite past times. While watching the game, it is important to be mindful of what snacks you choose.  Enjoying healthy foods during the game may take a little thought and planning but it will leave you and your family feeling great no matter what team wins!

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