Football season is upon us again and whether you enjoy watching or not, chances are you will end up at a football party at some point this year. Along with these parties come tables full of snacks and food that are usually packed with fat and calories. It may hard to “pass” on that 7 layer dip or those fried chicken wings, so here are a few ideas to help you avoid racking up “penalties” on your diet plan.
Avocados may be high in fat, but they have the good essential healthy fats which we should consume every day. They are also high in fiber, rich in vitamin B, E and K and have 60 percent more potassium than bananas. Pair with baked tortilla, lentil or pita chips.
Recipe courtesy of skinnytaste.com
Pinto beans are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, as are most other beans. Pinto beans are also an excellent source of molybdenum, a very good source of folate, and a good source of protein, vitamin B1, and vitamin B6 as well as the minerals copper, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, manganese, and potassium. This dip is great with baked chips or raw veggies.
Recipe courtesy of tasteofhome.com
Sweet potatoes are a healthier alternative to regular baking potatoes and an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). They are also a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. Additionally, they are a good source of potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and phosphorus.
Recipe courtesy of pinchofyum.com
Enjoy these healthy snacks during a game (or any gathering really). For more ideas, I also found a great list of “41 Guilt-Free Superbowl Snacks” on greatist.com.
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