Football is in the air this fall; from peewees to high school, the kids are fighting it out on the fields. Jump to higher levels into college games and the NFL, and you have tailgating happening and big football parties at homes and sport’s bars. Fun is had by all and eating is a big part of these festivities.
Football Food Overload
It is estimated that, on an average, game day enthusiasts can consume up to a whole day and a half’s calories. Imagine the spread filled with multiple-layered dips with chips galore for starters. Let your mind fill with all those different tailgate treats. There are some healthier lighter choices that you can make that will help you stay on track. Some of these are not the most obvious choices. Let’s take a look.
Smarter Healthy Choices
Based on an average serving here are the comparisons. What do you pick?
Potato Chips vs Pretzels
You normally say pretzels? But it is more complicated. Pretzels win on protein, calories, and fat, while chips have the edge on fiber and sodium. They are both not the best choice. Still better opt for the carrots!
Guacamole vs. French Onion Dip
Guacamole gets the win with lower calories and fat. Avocado anyone?
Grilled Potato Skins vs. Potato Salad
Your winner here is the potato skins. That creamy mayo is a downfall.
All-Beef Hotdogs vs. All-beef Brats
Go for the hotdog here! If you are holding out for the brat, there may be other alternative brat choices that you can find like turkey brats or vegan brats.
Cotton Candy vs. Snow Cone
The winner here is the cotton candy. I know you were thinking the snow cone because it is only ice and syrup.
Intent on Having a Beer?
Many beers are less than 120 calories that do not taste watered down. Do your own test to determine your favorite light beer.
Score your healthy tailgate way and have fun!