Strategic Snacking for the Big Game

It’s easy to overindulge on gameday. Let’s face it, for most of us, our snack spread is just as crucial as our team’s lineup. Get your game day grub on this Sunday while keeping your calories in check by going in with a game plan. 

Make intentional eating your goal. Instead of endlessly grazing, prepare a plate and sit down to enjoy your food. Focus on your favorites. Try a small portion of everything and only go back for what you love most.

When it comes to snacking strategically, pairing plant and dairy foods together is always a smart play. Together they provide four essential nutrients the Dietary Guidelines found many Americans aren’t getting enough of. Plant foods, like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, provide fiber, while dairy foods, like milk, yogurt, and cheese, provide calcium, potassium, and vitamin D. 

Create a charcuterie spread with your favorite fruits and cheeses. Choose Greek yogurt-based dips and enjoy with fresh veggies and whole-grain pita. Or try fondue! The forgotten favorite is making a comeback and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Plus, it’s packed with protein and pairs perfectly with fruits and vegetables.

Finally, don’t forget to eat smart earlier in the day. Begin your day with a balanced breakfast, so you’re not “hangry” come game time. A smoothie is an easy way to pair plant and dairy foods together. Make yours with Greek yogurt and real dairy milk for a protein-packed breakfast that will fuel you up for game time!

Check out our Appetizers and Snacks page for more healthy game day recipes.

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