5 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR FOOTBALL PARTY HEALTHIER

Fall and football…doesn’t get much better than that!  Many game-day watching parties are full of chips, queso and hot dogs, but the truth is that you can make a healthy football party taste pretty tasty. Now I know, from time to time, we all should fill up on chips and queso and not care, but these days football happens on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Saturday and maybe Friday if you have kids or grandkids that play high school ball.  That is a lot of chips and queso and will bust your waistline in a hurry!

This month try infusing some fall superfoods into your football party or tailgate.  With a splash of color and freshness, your fall-infused bites will have you loving the game and feeling healthy! 

1. POMEGRANATE SALAD MARTINIS

Take martini glasses or even shooters and toss in some mixed greens, a sprinkle of bleu cheese, crushed walnuts and a fruit vinaigrette and even the boys will be picking up your salad shooters! Fresh, tasty and colorful, they are a nice addition to a typically calorie-laden spread. 

2. SWEET POTATO FRIES

Slice up your sweet potatoes, with skin, into wedges and roast with some olive oil and whatever seasoning you like for a healthy, antioxidant-rich twist on your burger’s side-kick! Sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene, which helps the body decrease inflammation. 

3. STUFFED BACON WRAPPED DATES

Take dates to a whole new level with these bite-size babies! Stuff dates with goat cheese (or bleu cheese), wrap with a slice of bacon, cook, and drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette! A delicious way to get fiber into your buffet line-up!

4. PUMPKIN PUDDING CUPS

Looking for a light dessert? Try mixing good ‘ol canned pumpkin, cool whip, a dash of cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl and dishing into little cups. Top with cool whip and little spoons for an easy, fresh dessert.

5. APPLE-LICIOUS

Apples are a great fall food and packed with vitamins and minerals! They can be used in so many ways for a party, but here are a few: 

  • Slice up fresh apples as a layer on a grilled chicken sandwich or burger. The sweet to the protein really adds a nice tasty touch and limits the need for other high-calorie options. 
  • Ever grilled apples? Yum! They can be stand-alone like grilled veggies or you can drizzle some vanilla Greek yogurt over them for a tasty dessert. 
  • Have kids at your party? Apples and cheese, peanut butter or yogurt are great party additions for kids and an easy thing to prepare and clean up! 

Be safe – and healthy – on the road!

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