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

Holiday Meal Swaps

There are a lot of holiday dinners from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Studies show that the average person gains 7 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas, WOW! It’s cool to spend time with family and friends making memories, but you do not to give up on the goals you have been working on. A healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to be a hermit, you just need to know how to modify your meals. While you are making lifestyle changes, know that your meals can taste great and be even healthier if you swap out old standbys for some healthy recipes.

Here are a few to get you on the right track.

French Onion Dip

Appetizers are often the first course of the evening. Consider veggies instead of chips!

Vegetables

You don’t need to miss them or smother them with butter. Here are two great additions to the menu.

Green Beans with Lemon and ThymeRosemary Roasted Yams

Mashed potatoes can have a substitute with Roasted Cauliflower Mash!

Can’t forget the gravy! Try this Simple Gravy

Nothing says the holidays more than sweet potato pie and pumpkin pie. These recipes will be excellent additions to your meals.

Pecan and Sweet Potato Pie

Pumpkin Pie with Walnut Crust


Consider these alternatives. You may have some new favorites and some requests for your recipes.

Try adding a bit of healthy eating during the holidays as much as possible!  Remember it’s not what you do every now and then that causes adverse effects, its the daily malpractice.  So enjoy in moderation.

Until next time,

Nicole, your healthy lifestyle partner.