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Tips for a Healthier Game Day!

By Sara Butler

Football season is here! That means you might be spending a few weekends and weeknights enjoying your favorite sport -- right along with some of your favorite foods. The problem is that a lot of foods people enjoy while watching the big game aren't as healthy as they need to be and eating them regularly can have a detrimental impact on your health. Here are some of the best tips we could find for a healthier game day.

Tips for a Healthy Game

High-calorie food abounds on days people tend to get together for football. You can enjoy some of your favorites as long as you try to reach a little balance -- and perhaps prepare some things using these helpful tips:

  • Add color - If you keep things colorful, then you're ensuring that you're giving the body the nutrients it needs to be healthier. You're likely adding in fiber too to help you stay fuller for longer.
  • Get crunchy- Sure, people love chips and other snacks when watching football, but it's a good idea to change up your crunch factor every now and again. You can easily do this by using whole-grain crackers or pita chips to make things a little better.
  • Watch out for fatty dips - You can't watch a game without a little dip, right? Well, try to watch your intake of high-fat dips and go for something a little healthier. You can switch out ingredients in your favorite dips for something a little healthier such as Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise or cottage cheese instead of cream cheese. Remember, spice is the key, so try some hummus or guacamole, too!
  • Go lean - Lean proteins are also a good go-to for game day. When you grill burgers, try turkey patties instead of beef. For wings, don't fry them but instead, bake them or throw them in the air fryer.
  • A better dessert - If you love the sweet stuff (and who doesn't?), then try going for something a little healthier. Instead of cookies or brownies, go for fresh fruit or use smaller portions of your regular favorites. You can even try lightening recipes up by replacing ingredients with vegetables or fruit instead of fats and sugars.

Gameday is a great day for getting together with your friends and family and having some fun. But try to make the food choices a little healthier so everyone can benefit!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Madison, Wis.

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