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Easy Tips to Make Football Food Healthy

Posted Sep 24 2009 10:32pm


There’s something about watching football that just screams out for junk food. Chips, wings, pizza – as long it’s greasy, it goes with the game. But if you’re trying to stay fit this fall, you can’t just pig out in front of the tube.

Here are a few easy-to-make ideas for healthy football snacks from Dr. Margaret Lewin, Medical Director of Cinergy Health:

  • Toasted pumpkin seeds – Check out this recipe at Epicurious
    and add your favorite seasoning (see readers’ reviews for variations).
  • Veggies – cut up raw vegetables such as carrot sticks, celery, green beans, broccoli, and cauliflower and add some healthy dips such as:
    • Muhammara – a Middle Eastern dip with roasted red peppers, garlic, cumin and pomegranate molasses – Epicurious has a good recipe.
    • Guacamole
    • Bottled salsa
    • Smoky Chipotle Hummus – check out this recipe.
    • You can also bake your own low-fat chips for any of the dips listed above.
  • Seasoned nuts such as Black Pepper Almonds – sweet and spicy; check out a recipe here (see suggestions from ‘Todd from Vancouver’ in the readers’ reviews)
  • Portobello Bruschetta – these take a bit more time to prepare, but fly off the plate when you entertain. Recipe is here.

If you’re up for something sweet, try…

See – it’s not so hard to be healthy while watching football. Now put down the chips and start cooking!

photo credit: Sister72

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