Healthier Choices for Football Snacking

By: Kim Beavers Email
By: Kim Beavers Email

Vegetables with Ranch Dip

  • Use the dip provided being mindful that it is full fat (use just a touch on your fresh veggies.
  • Keep plenty of extra veggies on hand to refill the platter.
  • If you need to refill the dip, use light or fat-free dip.

Fruit and cheese with caramel sauce (can substitute a yogurt dip or reduced fat peanut butter)

  • Serve with whole grain crackers.
  • Replenish the party platter with more fruit and reduced fat cheese.
  • Look for fruit platters without dip.

Chips are another great tradition when it comes to football snacking. It does not really matter whether you choose reduced fat (baked) or regular chips … what matters is the portion. If you are someone who cannot limit themselves, then I highly recommend going baked although you still need to limit to one serving.

Nutritional Value of Popular Chip Varieties:
Kettlecooked Baked Chips (BBQ flavor) $3.49/4 oz. bag
-20 chips/serving (4 servings per bag)
-Calories 120
-Fat 3g
-Sodium 150mg
-Fiber 2g
-A 120-calorie serving of regular Kettlecooked Chips would be about 12 chips!

Guiltless Gourmet Tortilla Chips $3.49 /7 oz. bag
-18 chips/serving (6 servings per bag)
-Calories 120
-Fat 3g (5g of monounsaturated fats)
-Sodium 180mg
-Fiber 2g
-A 120-calorie serving of regular tortilla chips is about five chips!

Choose your chips with moderation in mind and eat them from a plate versus the large bowl to help limit portions. Focus on fruits and vegetables and enjoy the game!

Until next time: eat well, live well!

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