Tailgating season is coming to an end, with just one big game left. This weekend is one of the most watched television events, as well as the second highest calorie food-related holidays of the year (just behind Thanksgiving). Between chips and dip, pizza, chicken wings, and soda, most of the usual party snacks make it tough to eat smart on game day. This year, make some strategic swaps and focus on homemade versions of traditional game day snacks to cut down on extra calories. Your football fans can still enjoy the party and make healthy choices!
Smart Football Party Recipe Ideas
Fruits + Veggies + Dips – Make half your party plate fruits and veggies! Low-fat dips and crunchy veggies are a great substitute for chips and dip. Plus, these are one of the easiest football snacks to make at home. Try our recipes for Guacamole, Fresh Tomato Salsa, or Hummus for your veggie tray. And for dessert, try Fruit and Peanut Butter Dip or Fruit Kabobs with Yogurt Dip.
Spice it up with chili – Lighten up traditional chili recipes with Quick Chili Con Carne or Turkey Lentil Chili. If you love chili cheese fries, serve over Oven Baked French Fries with a little reduced-fat cheese melted on top.
Homemade pizza – Pizza is great for a crowd and you can easily make custom topping combos for your guests. Here’s a basic Whole Wheat Pizza Dough recipe. Load it up with part skim mozzarella, spinach, peppers, onions, mushrooms, lean ham, turkey pepperoni, etc. This is a great recipe for your kids to help prep!
Refreshing drinks – Water is always the best choice. No calories, no added sugar, and free from the tap, what’s not to love. For a little flair (and flavor), try adding fruits, veggies or herbs to plain or sparkling water. You can even get creative with the names and combos to support your team. How about Patriot Berry Blast with blueberries and strawberries or Rise Up Raspberry Mint Cooler?
Remember good food safety practices when preparing foods for a party.
Take some inspiration from the players and add some physical activity to your party.
Please don’t drink and drive!
Who are you rooting for to win? What healthy options are you serving at your party this weekend?