Healthy Game Day Foods

Healthy Tips and Recipes for Football Season

Football season is here again and whether you're out at the tailgate or watching the game from the couch, you'll probably find yourself snacking this Sunday. While your food will surely be tasty, the typical pigskin party fare packs in around 2,500 calories — more than most people should consume in a single day.

Try out some of these healthy (and tasty!) alternatives and tips to manage your waistline and maintain your health during the big game.

Healthy Food Swaps

  • Skip calorie-packed cocktails and opt for a healthy and delicious mocktail. These non-alcoholic concoctions are full of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Ditch the macaroni and cheese and try this zucchini, tomato & parmesan pasta. It can be served hot or cold and it packs a nutritional punch.
  • Buffalo chicken dip is a game day staple, but it’s filled with fat and calories. Try this skinny Buffalo chicken dip and your guests won’t know the difference.
  • Make salad fun and serve it on a stick with Caprese skewers.
  • Buffalo cauliflower bites help curb the deep-fried chicken wing craving without sacrificing flavor.
  • Kale chips are full of nutrients and offer the same satisfying crunch as potato chips.

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Tips to Avoid Overeating

  • Eat a balanced meal before the party
  • Choose snacks high in fiber and protein to keep you full longer
  • Use a smaller plate for portion control
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat slowly
  • Practice mindful eating and be aware of everything you consume

Check out Roswell Park’s Pinterest board, Eat Drink & Be Healthy, for more game day recipes, tips and ideas!