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Healthy Game Day Snacking is Totally Possible!!

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!

Healthy Tail­gat­ing Recipes

Recipes from Bay­lor Health

Bean­i­tos, Tail­gat­ing the Healthy and Deli­cious way

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!

 

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