Football season is in full effect, which means that millions of game day parties are taking place each Sunday as fans gather around the television to cheer on their favorite teams. Football viewing parties are full of yelling, laughing, crying, and unhealthy game day spreads. Instead of eating the same buffalo wings, French fries, and pizza during the next game, try these tips to shed calories and fat from your favorite game day dishes without losing any of the flavor!
1. Bench your regular chili recipe
Opt to prepare yours with half of the beef and twice the beans
. Or, even better, chuck the red meat all together and use ground turkey.
2. Call an audible on your greasy buffalo chicken dip
Make “salsamole" instead! What is salsamole? It’s simple, mix together one cup of salsa
, 4 mashed avocados, 2 tbsp of lime juice and chopped cilantro. The best part: no deliciousness will be lost.
3. Substitute those overloaded nachos
Try a higher protein and lower fat alternative by using shredded white meat chicken instead of ground beef. Top with black beans
, chopped red onions, bell peppers, and reduced-fat cheddar cheese.
4. Create your own home field advantage with homemade baked potato chips
Slice white potatoes (or sweet potatoes, for extra health points) into thin, even, pieces. Dry out the potato pieces and add the desired amount of seasoning and coat of oil before spreading them out on a cookie sheet. Bake them in the oven at 400 F for 10 minutes, flip and leave in for 4-6 additional minutes or until they turn light brown. Allow to cool and enjoy!
5. Trim some fat by using plain Greek yogurt
Greek yogurt is a perfect alternative to sour cream, cream cheese, and mayonnaise. When substituting with Greek yogurt, use the same amount the recipe originally called for. Greek yogurt can be added to savory recipes for sandwiches, subs, and dips, or in desserts!
Cheer on your favorite team this season while enjoying these healthier game day options. For more health tips and all the healthy snacks from our favorite brands, stay tuned to Direct Eats.