Making Healthier Snack Choices When Cheering for Your Favorite Team

— Written By and last updated by Nancie Mandeville

People watching football game on tv

Football fans everywhere are excited that football season has begun. Nothing compares to watching your favorite team play up close and personal on the field, however, for most fans, we see the action from the comforts of our home. Unfortunately, often the snacks that we prepare at home rival the snacks that are sold in the stadium. Foods that are heavy in sodium, fats, sugars, and calories. This football season, try serving and preparing snacks that are very tasty yet healthy. Here are some tips:

  • Drink fruit infused water. Make ahead of time and serve ice-cold for a delicious treat. Also, try adding seltzer water to regular soda. This will give you the bubbles but less of the sugar and calories. It’s a great option for folks that don’t care for the taste of diet soda. Another tip is to drink one glass of water for every beer that you drink. This will help you to drink less beer.
  • Avoid pre-packaged salty and sugary snacks. Try some ready-to-eat or homemade options, such as hummus and a variety of crisp raw vegetables, or low-fat cheese with grapes and whole wheat crackers. A cool new trend that is low in carbs is “Buffalo Cauliflower Bites.” Try this recipe by Yumna Jawad at Feel Good Foodie.
  • Try making sauces and dips out of vegetables, such as the “Skinny Vegetable Dip.”

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  • During commercial breaks, take time to get up and move. Try some jumping jacks or squats. Even some stretching exercises while sitting, such as neck and arm rotations can be great for the body.