This weekend marks the kick-off to football season where many of us will gather with our family and friends in front of our televisions to watch our favorite team. Football means food and it is especially important that we set an example and not let our kids, or ourselves for that matter, indulge in too much junk.
We should also make sure we are still getting enough fruits and vegetabls. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, “Two cups of fruit and 2½ cups of vegetables per day are recommended for a reference 2,000-calorie intake, with higher or lower amounts depending on the calorie level.”
Usually these decadent spreads consist of hearty sandwiches loaded with processed meats and cheeses or wings, wings and more chicken wings. There are however some healthier recipes and alternatives to the burgers, wings and fries.
For example, according to LiveStrong.com, “While nachos may be a favorite tailgating party food, you can save a lot of calories and fat by omitting the cheese and using baked tortilla chips instead of the traditional fried chips. A 1-oz. serving of baked tortilla chips with tomato salsa contains about 140 calories and 2 g of fat. You can also make low-fat nachos using your baked tortilla chips, low-fat cheese and diced jalapeno peppers.”
Below are some of my favorite healthy alternative recipes to keep you track and in shape this football season:
RED PEPPER CHICKEN BURGER
6 oz. of ground chicken
1tbsp. of olive oil
1 tbsp. of red pepper spread (usually found in ethnic food aisle of grocery store)
1 slice of sharp provolone cheese
1 slice of multi-grain bread
Mix together ground chicken and red pepper spread and form patty. Cook thoroughly in medium skillet on both sides. Top with a piece of sharp provolone. Served open-faced on a slice of multi-grain bread and loaded with tomato and lettuce.
½ small eggplant sliced thin lengthwise
6 oz. of flank steak sliced thin
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Pinch of salt
Coat eggplant with olive oil, season with garlic and salt. Grill eggplant on indoor or outdoor grill. Grill flank steak.