With the start of the New Year comes a lot of talk and focus on resolutions and healthy habits. But it also marks the end of football season for most fans and the time where we get ready to kickoff the biggest football game of the year. That one big Sunday each winter is the perfect opportunity to get together with friends, eat good food and watch the game. With a cozy fire and a few cocktails, you’ve got the makings of a great evening!New year, Big Game - enjoy both with healthier football party snacks! via @cabotcheese Click To Tweet
Unfortunately, many big game day foods are notoriously unhealthy. But with a little planning, it is possible to make smart choices and not totally derail your plans to get the New Year off to a healthy start.
Here are a few tips for choosing healthy eats on game day:
- Eat before you go. Heading out to watch the game? If you show up starving, you’re much more likely to overeat.
- Bring food with you! Worried there won’t be any healthy options? Take a little time to prep a healthy appetizer of your own to bring along.
- Focus on protein and healthy fats. They’ll help fill you up and keep you satisfied throughout the whole game.
- Remember that drinks have calories. Sip slowly and enjoy your beverages and try drinking a glass of water in between each drink.
Having friends over for the big game? Serve up some of these healthy, flavorful appetizers to snack on:
Give your dip a healthy makeover by adding beans and yogurt for protein, like this Artichoke and Buffalo Dip. Serve with veggies for dipping!
Make veggies the base of your appetizer for an easy nutrient boost. Stuffed mushrooms are full of flavor and make the perfect finger food.
For a protein-packed appetizer, try Turkey Meatballs. Serve with toothpicks and a flavorful dipping sauce.
No oven required. These Bean and Cheese Spirals are easy to make, can be prepped ahead of time and are healthier than those party appetizers from the freezer section!
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Regan Jones is Cabot’s National Nutrition Communications Manager and the main voice behind @CabotRD on Twitter. Self-described as a “registered dietitian by education and food-lover by birth,” she writes for the Cabot Creamery Blog from her home in Georgia.