It’s my favorite time of the year–Fall and with Fall comes football season. Going to the games or yelling at your TV watching your fav college or professional team is a sport within itself. You have to admit, sometimes life is an emotional roller coaster cheering for your fav team from week to week. Will they win or will they be just become the next huge LOSER? No one knows until the fat lady sings!
One of the best fall pastimes for Americans is tailgating before a football game. If you’re at the stadium or your living room like me, having the right food and snacks is a must. Brats, burgers, and beer quickly come to mind. They may be the easy choices, but if you’re trying to keep a healthy lifestyle outside of the gym, they’re not doing you any favors. The adage is so true, “What You Eat, Is What You Are”. For me, that rings loud and clear and why for the last 30 years or so, I’ve chosen to fuel my engines with healthy goodness.
Here are some healthy and delicious alternatives that’ll fuel you up and give you energy for the big games:
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites: Who needs chicken wings when you can sauce up veggies? Take one head of cauliflower and chop it into bite-size pieces. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix 1/2 cup brown rice flour, 1/2 cup water, pinch of garlic powder, and pinch of salt thoroughly with a whisk in a small bowl. Dip cauliflower in the batter then place them on a greased, non-stick baking sheet. Bake until the batter hardens (about 10 minutes), then flip with a spatula and bake for another five minutes. In a separate bowl, mix 1/2 cup of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and 1 tsp. butter together. When the cauliflower bites are done, brush each piece with the hot sauce mixture. Put the cauliflower back in the oven again until the pieces are crispy.
Black Bean Hummus and Veggies: This is a great substitute for chips and dip, not to mention a lot less sodium. Black beans are filled with fiber, protein, and iron. Carrots and celery sticks are perfect for dipping! All you need is one can of black beans, two tablespoons of lemon juice, two tablespoons of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin, and 1 minced garlic clove. Blend everything together in a food processor and you’re good to go!
Sweet Potato Fries: The perfect comfort food, minus all the guilt is right here! Peel and slice five sweet potatoes into 1/4-inch long slices and 1/4-inch long strips. Toss sweet potatoes in a bowl with olive oil. Sprinkle with seasoning of your choice (salt, pepper, paprika). Spread potatoes out on a cooking sheet and bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 450 degrees. Turn potatoes occasionally, until golden brown in color. Let cool and enjoy!
And then there’s the ole stand by’s: Veggie Plate, Fruit Plate, and Hot Air Unsalted Popcorn. So you see, they’re’s lot’s to choose from once you learn what “healthy” has to offer. So, instead of reaching for that burger perhaps next time a veggie or turkey burger will entice you or one of these fab snacks!
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