Tailgates, viewing parties and the sports bar are great for NFL games, but they can wreak havoc on our waistlines. As we work to stay slim and trim (getting ready for the holiday season) we have to be careful about what we eat.
Mindless eating and snacking go hand-in-hand with any NFL game, and it seems the better the match-up, the more we eat. The good news is that there are healthy options for your favorite game-day treats. Here's a list of our favorite picks:
1. Grilled or Baked Wings - Everybody eats wings; the problem is that they're usually fried. Grilling and/or baking them is a healthy option to cut fat. Be careful with sauces and dips. The right seasoning can still give you great flavor without all the calories.
2. Alcoholic Drinks - Just because it looks like water doesn't make it calorie free. Most mixed alcoholic drinks are packed with sugar making them tasty and fattening. Alcohol can also boost weight gain. While it is not a carbohydrate, alcohol is prcessed in the body first, slowing down the burning of fat-- so add this to your already fattening snacks and you have the perfect storm for weight gain! . Opt for a light beer or a glass of red or white wine instead of the mixed drink, and always, drink responsibly.
3. Veggies - This is the perfect addition to any game-day snack. Carrots, cucumbers, peppers, celery and tomatoes make for great healthy snacks for any game-day party. BEWARE of the fattening sauces and veggie dips, and opt instead for vinegarettes or eat them naked.
4. Spreads, Sauces & Dips: These add flavor to any meal, but they can also add a few extra pounds. Creams based spreads, sauces and dips are usually packed with fat. Opt for fat free versions or better yet, choose vinegarettes or wine-based sauces. The best idea is to avoid them altogether.
5. Chips, Pretzels & Other Snacks - What's a good game day without the side-item snacks? Pretzels, chips, fries and crackers are all a part of the food team. They can also be a part of you going up a pants size. Instead choose homemade popcorn, light pretzels, and peanuts.
No matter where you watch the game, there's bound to be foot and drink involved. You can enjoy good food without all the added calories, fat and susequent weight gain. The key is to make good choices and monitor portion sizes.
OK...Let's ready for some football!
Your Jersey Girlfriend,