Surviving Football Season In the South. 4 Game Day Snacks That Won't Sabotage You're Progress.
It’s that time of year again. All across this great nation pigskins are flying, barbecue pits are blazing, referees are making bad calls (ok thats a topic for another day ), and millions of Americans are putting their weekend plans on hold to crowd around their tv sets to cheer on their favorite hometown teams.
In South Louisiana the food served on game-day is as much a part of the game as the actual players on the field. With all the options how do you navigate your game-day celebration without demolishing your diet in the process?
Lucky for you we here at Virtue Strength and Conditioning are avid football fans ourselves, and have put together a list of healthy party snacks that will allow you to enjoy the game without the guilt.
Grilled peppers. This is one of my all time favorite appetizers. As a kid, any time my dad fired up the grill he threw on a couple of these peppers, and we have continued the tradition into adulthood. Simply take a bag of mini sweet peppers, remove the stem, cut lengthwise and remove the ribs and seeds. Place on the grill for 3-4 minutes or until the peppers begin to char. Once done fill the inside with cream cheese ( I personally like the Garden Vegetable flavor), goat cheese, or even feta cheese. The possibilities are endless!
Sliced Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes are a great way to replace bread or crackers in any appetizer. Prepare by peeling and slicing the sweet potatoes into 1 inch thick wedges. Drizzle with olive oil and bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes then flip and bake another 10-15 minutes.The sweet potatoes should be a nice golden brown. Once done top with avocado, your favorite dip (here’s a good mango salsa recipe https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/48032/mango-salsa/), fruit or if you’re craving something sweet use cinnamon and pecans. You’ll feel like you’re eating a piece of pie!
Charcuterie board. This is a simple and quick appetizer to throw together that you can customize to your taste. I suggest using fresh fruit, vegetables, boiled eggs, and a vast array of meat and cheese. You can also incorporate those sliced sweet potatoes mentioned above instead of crackers. Pair with some hummus and you’ve got a snack that will be a party pleaser.
Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower. A family member made this dish at our last holiday party and I made sure to take a huge container home. It gives the satisfaction of eating comfort food without all the extra calories. Simply take cauliflower florets, drizzle with a little olive oil and bake at 350 degrees until the florets begin turning brown. Then sprinkle with parmesan, salt, and garlic powder. Voila! This recipe can also be replicated with pretty much any of your favorite sauces. In fact, here is a recipe for cauliflower buffalo bites that would be another great option! https://www.skinnytaste.com/spicy-buffalo-cauliflower-bites/
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