If you are watching the game at home, nothing brings the experience of going to the field like having game day eats. But those tasty treats can pack a lot of calories and fat. Try these lower calorie but just as tasty game day eats the next time you host the big game party.
The typical ballpark burger is 490 calories with just the bun and patty; not including the calories for the cheese, mustard, mayo or other toppings you enjoy. By making a burger at home with lean ground beef and a thin (100 calorie) sandwich bun, you save a lot of calories. Or you can be adventurous and add some nutrition into your “burger” with these vegetarian sliders.
Loaded Veggie Quinoa Sliders
The smell of pizza always gets my tummy rumbling. But the personal pan pizzas at the stadium are loaded with fat and calories. If you consume the 6 inch personal cheese pizza, you are taking in 590 calories and 25 grams of fat! But you can make pizza a whole lot healthier at home with these zucchini pizzas.
Nothing says game day and tailgating like buffalo wings. But did you know that the typical serving of just 1 drumstick wing contains about 100 calories without the dipping sauce! Add in the sauce and that can be an extra 200 calories. Amazing for such a small amount of food. But you can meet your meat craving with this recipe for skinny buffalo wings. They are the full wings (not just the drumstick) and come in at 204 calories per 2 full wings. More food and fewer calories, win-win!
Skinny Buffalo Wings
And don’t forget the fun sides:
Normal game day sides can add in the calories quickly. Just two chips with dip is 50 calories. And who eats just 2?? Instead of chips and dip, try these healthier options that are just as satisfying.
– Hummus, Guacamole and/or Salsa with baby carrots, broccoli florets, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber slices
– Popcorn (without all the butter and/or cheese), try these recipes for inspiration: http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=23_ways_to_top_your_popcorn_for_under_150_calorie
And for Dessert:
- Fresh Fruit and Brownie Kabobs:
- Make a batch of your favorite brownies (try the low calorie No Pudge Brownie mix – it’s great!)
- Cut brownies into small squares
- Choose some of your favorite fruits and cut into bite sized pieces as needed.
- Great options include strawberries, bananas, blueberries and pineapple.
- Grab a wooden skewer and thread on the brownie, fruit and repeat.
- Bourbon Balls
So watching the game at home doesn’t have to be unsatisfying to be healthy! Enjoy these recipes for your next game day party.
What healthy game day snacks and recipes do you enjoy?