Game Day Grub
Super Bowl Sunday is upon us. Whether you’re an avid football fan or just enjoy the commercials, one thing we can all appreciate is the food. Game day gatherings are a great way to share favorite recipes with friends and family. Unfortunately not all game day fare is created equal. Some dips and appetizers are full of empty calories and can leave you with post-game bloat. But like any football team, you can win the game of snacking by simply going in with a strategy. Here are three key plays that will help you tackle your hunger without expanding your waistline:
• Start with a winning line up. Adding nutrient-rich foods such as low-fat dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains to any game day spread can score you points in nutrition. Instead of empty calorie potato chips, serve up a winning snack mix. This combination of whole grains, sunflower seeds, dried fruit and cheese is a delicious salty-sweet combo packed with protein and fiber to help keep you full.
• Make interceptions. Leave sodas behind and toss some low-fat milk in your cooler. Include flavored milk varieties like chocolate or strawberry for a tasty option full of protein and calcium that kids (and adults) will enjoy.
• Substitute when necessary. Skip sour cream and substitute with fat-free or low-fat yogurt to lighten up your favorite dip. This touchdown taco dip is a crowd pleaser. With nine essential vitamins and minerals including protein, potassium and calcium thanks to the yogurt and cheese combo; it packs a powerful nutrient punch. Serve with nutrient rich dippers like celery sticks, broccoli trees, carrot coins and baked pita chips for a healthy alternative to fried chips.
Laura Marbury, M.S., R.D., L.D.