Game day is coming up and you’re fired up to hit the parking lot for some serious tailgating. Or maybe you’re having your buddies over to watch the game and chow down. That usually means pizza, chicken wings, and mass quantities of chips and dip. Good eatin’. Unfortunately, it’s not good for your waistline or your health in general.
Watching sports and snacking go together like Bruce Springsteen and New Jersey, but it can be a struggle to snack responsibly. If you want to tailgate but don’t want to blow up like a blimp, here are a few tips that can help:
- Cut back a little during the week. Eliminating a few snacks during the week will give you some wiggle room to splurge during the game.
- Before the game, have a small snack which contains protein and fiber. This will reduce the temptation to overeat.
- Load your plate with plenty of fruits, veggies, lean dairy and protein.
- Use a plate instead of grazing from the buffet. You’ll have an easier time tracking what you eat this way.
- Remember: Alcohol has a lot of calories. Be sure to include them. And remember that too much alcohol can make you more hungry.
- Drink plenty of water. This will help keep you feeling full. Also, take a drink of water for every alcoholic drink you down. It’ll help keep you hydrated, quench your thirst, and cut down on the calories you consume.
There’s a whole universe of healthy tailgating snack ideas out there. One of the best resources for healthy game day snacking ideas is Pinterest. Check out these Pinterest boards for snack ideas for your next game day bash!
Hopefully, you’ll get some inspiration from those pins. Now, it’s time to cook up a healthy game day feast! Bring on the other team!