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Big Game Bites
Big Game Bites

Big Game Bites

The biggest game of the year is a time to gather family and friends for an evening of fun, football and an irresistible menu of game-day eats! Enjoy the buzz of the game guilt-free with these winning tips:

Tailgate Trade Ups

• Use mashed white beans as a replacement for dips that call for sour cream or mayonnaise – they offer a similar taste and consistency but are packed with fiber and essential nutrients.

• Greek yogurt is another ideal alternative to add creaminess to dips. It provides higher protein levels than ordinary yogurt, contains digestion-friendly probiotics and can help lower blood pressure.

• Skip frying and instead, prepare baked foods such as zucchini fries, sweet potato skins or wings for healthy twists on game-day classics.

• Try a nutritious take on nachos by baking homemade tortilla chips with whole-wheat pita wedges. Top with wholesome ingredients like avocado, black beans, onions, tomatoes, cucumber and feta cheese.

Portion Control Tips

• Eat a nutritious snack right before the game to help curb your hunger. Try snacks high in protein and fiber such as nuts, edamame or a whole-wheat pita with lean meat and veggies.

• To feel more full without consuming as many calories, choose healthy items first such as fruits and veggies.
Use an entrée-sized plate for nutritious foods and small plates for less healthy items.

• Keep yourself feeling full throughout the meal by drinking plenty of water.

• Eat slowly and savor each bite to give your body time to feel satiated and satisfied.

• Share your sweet treats with someone else to split the portion.

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