The Big Game is almost here! That means fun, friends…and food. Lots of food. Greasy, fatty, salty, unhealthy food.
You know how important it is to eat healthy game-day snacks and make sure that you are only getting the best nutrition, but the Super Bowl can make that an extremely hard task. How can you balance the need to eat well and the Super Bowl?
Thankfully, there are ways in which this is possible. Here are 4 healthy game day snacks:
- What they are: Slices of zucchini which are cut, fried (they can be fried in oil but an air fryer or baked in the oven is preferable) and then sprinkled with parmesan cheese and salt. You can also serve with a side of dressing.
- What they are great substitutes for: Oily, greasy french fries.
- Their nutritional value: One of the nicer things about these is that they can be cooked in a way that keeps them very healthy or only moderately so, depending on just how “good” you want to be. An air fryer or oven and just the slightest bit of salt and parmesan cheese make sure that the vegetables are the main thing you taste.
- What they are: Baked sweet potatoes loaded with toppings of your choosing.
- What they are great substitutes for: Loaded baked potatoes, which are much higher in fat and starch.
- Their nutritional value: These healthier treats can be garnished with the slightest bit of flavor, ensuring that they still have some taste but aren’t as drenched in fat as their potato cousins. Furthermore, sweet potatoes are a great source of proteins, vitamins, and fiber.
- What they are: Chickpeas that have been baked in the oven. You can season them however you’d like.
- What they are great substitutes for: Chips, Doritos or nachos. You can grab a handful and eat them without feeling bad.
- Their nutritional value: Chickpeas have a ton of vitamins, protein, fibers, and minerals. They are a great way to add meat into your diet if you are a vegetarian.
- What they are: Thin, flatbread dough, sprinkled with goat cheese and liberally topped with multiple types of mushrooms and grape tomatoes.
- What they are great substitutes for: Regular, cheesy pizza that has been loaded with meaty and fatty toppings.
- Their nutritional value: Goat cheese is healthier than regular cheese, containing more protein and less fat. The thinly sliced crust contains less bread and other fat, and the vegetables ensure that you are getting other valuable nutrients into your body.
When it comes to taking care of yourself and your body, nutrition is absolutely critical, and yes, that includes eating healthy snack recipes. Good nutrition and a healthy diet will help make sure that your body can ward off injuries and illness, and recover quicker if you do get hurt.
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