Whether it’s the World Series for baseball fans, hockey playoffs, or the upcoming football game, I know big games can be exciting. As the mother of two boys I watch it all, but I definitely put more thought into our game day snack spread than any point spread. Priorities… right? Here are some winning (food) plays for game day.
Popcorn for the nutrition win
Popcorn is a great snack for sports and you can eat more popcorn than you can tortilla chips or potato chips. Quinn is a great brand; they produce healthy microwave options in delicious flavors. My new favorite is one of their pre-popped flavors popped in coconut oil.
Think beyond the baby carrot
It’s hard for veggies and dip to compete with wings and pizza when it comes to deliciousness, but let’s give it some effort. Wet, tasteless baby carrots and hummus is pretty much admitting defeat. Instead, try jicama, endive, or radishes. And take a minute to blanch (aka toss in boiling water) that broccoli. I have yet to meet a raw broccoli lover.
When it comes to dip, I have a guac dilemma. Part of me feels it doesn’t get any better than Rosa Mexicana’s traditional guac recipe. I don’t like pomegranate or cheese in a guac but I love the idea of upping the nutritional ante in recipes and this pea guacamole won me over.
In terms of packaged dips, Hope Hummus runs away with it. These organic, gluten free dips are incredible: try the Sriracha or Thai coconut curry flavors.
No penalty pizza
Last year I made potato skins with sweet potatoes. This year I’m trying my Foodtrainers’ teammates’ mini zucchini pizzas.
A few other rules for game day eating:
- Use the game clock to your advantage. Try to eat pre game and halftime versus from start to finish.
- Pace during the game – it’s a great way to get at least a few Fitbit steps.
- Pre-think your drinks: set yourself a cocktail budget. With the Big Game it’s a workday the next day, so keep that in mind.
- The day after defeat (for sports fans) is a nutritional doozy. Make sure your eating and treating season ends with the game.
What are you serving for the Big Game? Any healthy tweaks? Do you like your guac straight up or do you jazz it up?
Lauren Slayton is the author of The Little Book of Thin and created the Foodtrainers blog. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University and appeared in Allure, In Style, Cooking Light and more. She previously wrote about the Five Hottest Food Trends of 2015.