There is a good amount of madness in March. Chances are you are going to munch on food while watching those games. Did you know there are some foods that you could choose that would benefit your health? Below you will find some tasty yet healthy tips for game days.
Typically, during game-watching parties we reach for high-fat foods. Chips, dips, chicken wings and many other popular game eats can pack a lot of calories. One rule of thumb to help you score a lot of points is to shoot for healthy fats. Foods like nuts and avocados contain unsaturated fats, which have been linked to helping lower LDL cholesterol levels. Plus, these foods also contain other helpful nutrients. Here are a few ideas to help you incorporate these nutritionally-packed foods:
• Fastbreak Trail Mix — Put out bowls of dried fruit, Kashi Heart to Heart Cereal, dark chocolate pieces and an assortment of nuts for your guests. They can make their own trail mix.
• Rockin’ Guac — Try the very simple recipe for super simple guacamole. Serve with tortilla chips or raw carrots.
Another way to score is to choose foods packed with antioxidants. Fruits, vegetables and beans are all great examples. Antioxidants help prevent oxidation of our cells by unwanted free radicals. These free radicals may cause damage to our cells which may lead to increased aging, disease and/or cancer. A diet rich in antioxidants may help to prevent damage caused by free radicals. Here are a few ideas to boost antioxidant foods during the game:
• Chocolate — Skewer cubed fruit and drizzle with melted dark chocolate.
• Half Court Hummus — Choose hummus as a healthier alternative to high-fat dips. Dip vegetables of all colors for multiple health benefits. Most yellow and orange vegetables contain beta-carotene, which is great for eye health.
Sometimes we are so focused on the game we tend to eat too much. One way to prevent overeating is to be mindful of what you are putting in your mouth. Try to eat away from the TV or try strategies to help slow down the eating process like drinking water between bites. Another tip is to fill up with fiber. Studies show that people who eat more fiber in their day often consume fewer calories. Try these foods to increase your fiber score:
• Roasted Edamame — Dry roasted soybeans are loaded with fiber and protein.
• Beanitos —Give this chip made from beans a try; they taste great.
• BOOMCHICKAPOP Popcorn — Popcorn is a great source of fiber that is also naturally low in calories.