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Fall party planning: healthy football Sunday

I'll be the first to say how truly fun, exciting, glorious, [Insert your preferred descriptor of "awesomeness" here] football season is. Every Sunday for the better part of 4 months seems chock-full of action, historical moments and upsets. Better yet, football is a game best enjoyed with other fans...and where there's a gathering of fans there's always gametime food and we've certainly covered numerous suggestions for tasty appetizers and treats for you to try when you're hosting. However, football season is long and that much gametime food can pave the way for quite the New Year's waistline resolution.

Now, we're not saying we should all look like the guys on either side of the line of scrimmage (for most of us genetics just hasn't been that kind), but we've decided to save your waistline and put together a few healthy alternatives to the traditional fare in order to keep the day fun, but also cut back on some of those calories.

Liz's Picks: My favorite football food is buffalo chicken. However, the fried wings with the heavy blue cheese can be quite high in calories. Here's a recipe for blue cheese that came from our co-worker Larry and saves a ton of calories and is very tasty!

Lo-cal blue cheese:

  • 1-cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1/2-cup light mayo
  • 1-teaspoon of white vinegar
  • Dashes of salt and pepper, to taste
  • Blue cheese crumbles - about a half cup, but if you like it chunky, throw in some more!

Now that you have the dipping sauce - check out this delicious recipe for Skinny Buffalo Bites. I've made these many times before and for less than 130 calories in 3 bites they're so worth it.

healthy football foodBaked zucchini fries with a spicy dipping sauce These fries are easy to make, fun to eat and much healthier than French fries! Pair with a spicy sauce and you've got the ultimate snack.

Dipping sauce Fat free sour cream as your base (or light mayo), add in Sriracha hot sauce, pepper, a few dashes of lemon juice and a dash of soy sauce.

Brian's Picks: Healthy Layered Taco Dip Another option that will never disappoint is a layered dip. While most layered dips layer-on the fat and calories, this Healthy Layered Taco Dip from "Healthy Today, Healthy Tomorrows" blog is a great alternative that looks to replace calories, but thankfully not flavor. The recipe is super simple, with barely more than a half-dozen ingredients and brief 15 minute prep time.

Buffalo Quinoa Biteshealthy football food Feeling a bit more adventurous? Then we've got just the thing. Keeping with the standard buffalo sauce theme, Buffalo Quinoa Bites are a nutritious way to get the flavor of that oh-so-sacred buffalo sauce, while including the protein, dietary fiber and nutrients of a grain-like food that is growing rapidly in popularity: Quinoa!

Well, these are just a small sampler platter of football snack that should mean a bit less time in the gym or working-out, but without trading on deliciousness. What healthy football Sunday snacking options do you enjoy?

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