Does your game day snacking need a boost? Are you feeling limp and sluggish after consuming tons of food that isn’t great for you during a football game? It’s time to amp up your snacks to something healthier for you! Don’t worry– we’ve got you covered. Here’s 15 healthy game day snacks.
Pretzels are a great way to snack without getting something too salty or full of too many calories.
2. Trail Mix
Ah, the classic healthy snack. Trail mix can be great for an energy boost and when you need a quick pick-me-up. Just don’t add too much chocolate or salted things or you’ll take away from the healthy boost.
Who in the world doesn’t like peanuts? They’re good and good for you and can be added to just about any dish or eaten alone.
Jerky is delicious and low-fat, so don’t feel bad about eating it. Just make it sure to watch your sodium content, because it’s loaded with salt.
5. Spinach-artichoke dip
Many dips can be full of heavy calories, but this dip is pretty good. You’re getting a good dose of healthy spinach and hearty artichoke.
Home-popped popcorn is actually pretty good for you! It’s the stuff we load on top that makes popcorn unhealthy. So, go easy on the butter and salt and you’re good to go. Also, did you know you can pop your own popcorn at home by putting 2/3 cup of popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag, rolling it up, and putting it in the microwave for about a minute and a half? Well, now you do. Stop buying the pre-bagged stuff.
7. Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds are so great. You can pull them right out of your own pumpkin or buy them at the store. You can season them however you’d like and it’s a great way to get some extra protein and fiber without extra calories.
8. Fruit and veggie chips
You don’t need those fat-filled chips to be happy. How about a handful of banana chips or carrots fries? These chips made from healthy fruits and veggies will make you feel good about the choices you’re making for your health.
9. Dried fruits
You can’t go wrong with dried cranberries or mango. It’s still sweet as can be, to satisfy that sweet tooth, but you’re not consuming lots of excess sugar.
10. Zucchini or sweet potato fries
Who says you can’t have some good crunchy fries? When you make fries out of zucchini or sweet potato and you bake instead of fry them, they’re not so bad for you at all– plus, they taste great.
11. Turkey burger sliders
Skip the hamburgers and go for some turkey burgers– the meat is leaner and better for you and sliders will make you feel full without eating too much.
12. Chili with lean meat
Chili doesn’t have to be bad for you— just don’t load it down with things like sour cream and cheese. The meat, beans, and vegetables that make up this soup taste great and are good for you too.
13. Fresh salsa and homemade chips
Nothing beats the taste of fresh salsa– and it’s pretty good for you too! Packed with veggies, you can’t go wrong with a baked tortilla chip loaded with your salsa.
14. Homemade ranch dip with crunchy veggies
Don’t buy store-bought ranch– it’s full of preservatives and things you can’t pronounce. Make your own at home in order to control the amount of oil going into the dressing. Then dip veggies like carrots, cucumber, peppers, sugar snap peas, celery and cauliflower.
15. Baked boneless buffalo wings
Boneless wings have a whole lot less fat and are easier to eat too! By baking instead of frying them, you’re also cutting down calories and there’s no reason to skimp on taste. These wings are delicious!