Football season is in full swing, and you need look no further than grocery store displays and ads showcasing pizza, chips and dips, cheese and crackers and chicken wings to be reminded that it’s often the snacks that make or break a game.
Hockey, the sport of choice in my household, kicks off its season this week, and as baseball is sliding into the post-season, means plenty of must-watch games. No matter which sport you fancy or which teams is your favorite, one thing is clear: game-watching and snacking go hand-in-hand like a ball and a glove.
Unfortunately, most traditional game day snacks are loaded with fat, calories, and plenty of carbohydrates. Moreover, mindlessly eating them while watching a game and socializing makes it hard to keep track of just how much you have eaten. High-fat creamy dips and spreads, fried foods, and sugary treats can easily fumble the best of healthy diet game plans. In fact if you were to simply nibble away at two chicken wings and a handful of carrots with two tablespoons of bleu cheese dressing, a quarter cup of spinach dip scooped up with a handful of crackers, and two little brownie bites - you would consume 900 calories, over 55 grams of fat, and 60 grams of carbohydrate - without even eating a standard meal!
The good news is there are lots of moves you can make to win at the party snacks game. With just a little planning, you can enjoy snacks that are simple to prepare and tasty enough to please the whole crowd. Preparing a variety of healthy snack options (or offering to bring something you make) is key. Some great options are too: