Football, Basketball Oh My

It’s football and basketball season right now. From college games to the NFL,
there are tailgating, home parties and gatherings at the local sports bar. Fun is had by all and eating is a big part of these festivities.

Football Food Overload

It is estimated that, on an average, game day enthusiasts can consume up to a whole day and a half’s calories. Imagine the spread filled with multiple-layered dips with chips galore for starters. Let your mind fill with all those different tailgate treats. There are some healthier lighter choices that you can make that will help you stay on track. Some of these are not the most obvious choices. Let’s take a look.

Smarter Healthy Choices

Based on an average serving here are the comparisons. What do you pick?

Potato Chips vs Pretzels

You normally say pretzels? But it is more complicated. Pretzels win on protein, calories, and fat, while chips have the edge on fiber and sodium. They are both not the best choice. Still better opt for the carrots!

Guacamole vs. French Onion Dip

Guacamole gets the win with lower calories and healthy fat. Avocado anyone?

Grilled Potato Skins vs. Potato Salad

Your winner here is the potato skins.  That creamy mayo is a downfall.

All-Beef Hotdogs vs. All-beef Brats

Go for the hotdog here! If you are holding out for the brat, there may be other alternative brat choices that you can find like turkey brats or vegan brats.

Cotton Candy vs. Snow Cone

The winner here is the cotton candy. I know you were thinking the snow cone because it is only ice and syrup.

Intent on Having a Beer?

Many beers are less than 120 calories that do not taste watered down. Do your own test to determine your favorite light beer.

If eating is part of your game day shenanigans then plan accordingly.  Get your workout in, choose wisely and as always have fun!

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It’s your body O.W.N. it

Nicole, your healthy lifestyle coach

I know you had some ~ if not you should

Now you know the one of the best things about spring and summer is WATERMELON.

little girl with watermelon

How do you feel, when you get the right one. The one with just the right amount of sweetness, because it was perfectly kissed by the sun; with the juices running down you have your own piece of heaven. LOL
Watermelon has some amazing health benefits.

health-benefits-of-watermelon

Watermelon is so great for the body especially flushing the kidneys. Try this awesome drink:
4 cups of watermelon
2 cups of water
Juice of a lemon
Juice of a lime
3-5 Mint leaves
Raw honey or steavia to sweeten
Add ice to add extra chill. Blend together (strain if desired) and enjoy

I found a recipe for Watermelon Rind Pickles I have to try. Did you know the rind containing amazing nutrients, unavailable in most fruits, Watermelon rinds are high in L-citruline, which is an amino acid that helps to dilate blood vessels and improve blood circulation. You can easily blend the rind and add to the Watermelon flush recipe above or make Rind Pickles.

watermelon_rind pickles

Until Next time,
Nicole, Your Health and Wellness Coach nicoles selfie march_2015
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