Nutritious & Delicious Game Day Snacks

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It’s time to celebrate and food sin, because it’s football season woo! Even if you’re not into football the selection of party platters, various foods covered in cheese, and endless amounts of beer are extremely tempting and even more satisfying.

Because football is a male dominant sport, heavy hearty snacks are associated with tailgating and watch parties which is fine but getting old. Hot dogs and nachos are boring, unhealthy, and don’t last through a whole football game especially if it goes into overtime.

As y’all know I don’t believe in depriving yourself of the things you want, but I do encourage that if you can find a more nutritious alternative of a unhealthy food then you should definitely do so.

So this football season I challenge you, and I challenge you to challenge your boyfriend, brother, or dad to switch things up at the tailgate or watch party, and add some of these healthy choices to the platter:

Potato Chips -> Nuts

If you’re a fan of crunchy and salty then nuts are a great alternative to plain ole’ potato chips. Not only will you avoid greasy fingers but also get a good amount of fiber, iron, and protein.

One cup of nuts can contain up to 27 grams of protein, 9 grams of fiber, and 3.5 grams of iron. As for chips usually have no more then 3 grams of protein and 1.5 grams of iron .And there are SO many different types of nuts,whether you like salty, sweet, roasted or tangy there is a flavor and type that everyone will find enjoyable.

If you’re not a fan of nuts but still want something crunchy and salty, veggie chips are also a great healthy game day snack.

Cookies -> Dark Chocolate & Dried Fruit

For those that are looking to trick their sweet tooth, a great healthier alternative is dark chocolate or dried fruit. Dark chocolate is one of the best antioxidants foods ever. It also

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can actually lower your blood pressure, which is obviously useful during an intense game. A 100 gram bar of dark chocolate contains 11 grams of fiber and 67% of the RDA in iron.

Dried fruit is one of my personal favorite sweet snacks because there are so many different ways a fruit can be dried and flavored. I love the Trader Joe’s dried chile spiced mango, but if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you you can order some delicious dried fruits online. They are high in fiber, high in antioxidants, contain little to no fat, and are a great natural source of energy.

Hot Dogs -> Jerky 

I loveee jerky. It’s one of my favorite snacks because it’s so savory and so filling, even in

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small portions. Jerky can contain 6 to 9 grams of protein depending on the size and type of meat. One hot dog only has 3 to 5 grams of protein. Eat more hot dogs with protein or eat more jerk with more protein? I’ll take the jerky please!  However, if you’re not a fan of delicious meaty snacks there are plenty of other options high in protein and equally as delicious.

You can find all these healthy alternative snack options and more on Nuts.com. They have hundreds of snacks to choose from at affordable prices and also a great fitness/wellness blog . So try something new  this football season, and enjoy the game in a healthier way.

 

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