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Healthy Game Day Snacking

Posted by Courtney Yablonsky
Courtney Yablonsky
Courtney is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist with a passion, and open-mindedness, f...
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on Monday, 01 February 2016 in School Nutrition Blog

GameDaySnackingFrom September to February, every Sunday is a marked event for family, friends, and of course, food! You got it, its football season! We watch, we yell, and most of all, we eat. While our team’s best athletes are busy throwing, running, tackling and kicking, we are busy dining on cheesy dips, downing deep fried entrees, devouring decadent desserts and consuming sugary beverages. With all of these opportunities to fall off track, here’s how to avoid the food fumble and keep on point toward a diet touchdown!


Avoid an error and don't skip meals. Some people think they should skip meals before a party to help cut down on caloric intake. However, having a full, healthy meal an hour or two before the party will ensure that you are not ravenous when you arrive and will help you avoid making unhealthy choices.


Plan your huddle formation. We’ve all been there - huddling around the food, talking, laughing and having a good time while simultaneously snacking and before you know it, the entire platter of Buffalo wings is gone. To avoid this “mindless” eating, try your best to take your huddle away from the food. Mingle with other party goers and focus on the game, focus on the fun commercials, or the exciting halftime show!


Intercept fatty snacks. Put the Buffalo wings and pizza out of arms reach. These calorie packed dishes can be detrimental to your waistline. Instead, go for the healthier, low-fat foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean meats and bread with some fiber. Better yet, try this Whitsons approved recipe for a low-calorie dip.

Avocado Dip Recipe – Use two avocados, in a medium bowl, mash the avocados with a fork. Add diced tomatoes, diced bell pepper, chopped onions, lemon juice,  ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon of salt, and 1 dash of black pepper. Enjoy with wholegrain toasted pita.

Pass on big portions. Big game day, big players, big food: with portion sizes having doubled, even tripled, in the last couple of decades, it's easy to overdo it. Be mindful of how much you are putting on your plate to keep your portion sizes in check. Ask for smaller serving utensils, use a smaller plate when eating, or learn how to estimate portion size.

Take a sugary beverage time-out. While food is an obvious diet offender, sugary beverages can be the hidden culprits behind high calorie consumption. Save calories by stocking the fridge with non-sugary beverages such as sparkling or bottled water. Just mix with pure fruit juice and voila! Instant healthy beverage! Want to help yourself and your guests burn more calories? Think about leaving the beverage cooler outside so you or they have to walk to get to it.


Disclaimer:The opinions expressed in this blog are strictly those of the author and should not be construed as the opinions of Whitsons Culinary Group or any of its affiliates.  All content and material contained in this blog is provided for informational purposes only, and no representation is made as to the accuracy or completeness of this information.  It is general information that may not apply to you as an individual.  It is not medical advice and should not be treated as such.  You should not rely on the information in this blog as a substitute for your own doctor’s medical care or advice. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.






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Courtney is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist with a passion, and open-mindedness, for weight training and cardiovascular exercise. She focuses on educating individuals on the importance of balancing nutrition and exercise to promote an overall healthy lifestyle. Her positive and upbeat attitude contributes to her passion for nutrition and her willingness to help others, creating an informative and enjoyable work atmosphere. She has previous experience in food service management, as a ServSafe instructor, and counseling individuals to help meet their personalized goals.


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