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Getting together with friends and family for sporting events is great for socializing, but typically not for your waistline. Just like the sports arenas and stadiums themselves, the at-home game day menu is usually heavy on carbohydrates, fat-laden and low in nutritional value. Not to mention, the beverages of choice do not typically include water if you get my drift. Here are some of my most popular game day favorites that will keep both your waistline and guests cheering!
1. Guacamole and salsa: These two options are nutritious substitutes for dipping and also provide your guests with a whopping serving of vegetables and healthy monounsaturated fats. Try this recipe for Zesty 5-Minute Guacamole!
2. Baked pita chips: Trade the fried chips for sliced up pitas that are seasoned, then baked, right in the comfort of your own home. They are such a crunchy, satisfying treat!
3. Shrimp: Need I say more? Low in fat, high in protein and easy to prepare. Serve cocktail style or skewer and grill for more of a meal.
>> Recipe: Skinny Cajun Shrimp Skewers
4. Crudité platter with hummus: Skip the salty, high-fat vegetable dip and serve some fiber and protein rich hummus. Then, surround it with a rainbow of fresh vegetables! Fan favorites include baby carrots, whole grape tomatoes, sliced tri-color peppers and celery.
5. Fruit skewers: Skewer chopped melon, pineapple, berries and grapes for something to satisfy the sweet tooth.
6. Vegetarian chili: For a heartier dish, pull out the slow cooker and add lean ground meat, chopped vegetables of your choice, a can of salsa and low sodium canned beans. Set on low and cook through. Bonus: Set the slow cooker to the warm setting and allow guests to serve themselves throughout the event.
>> Recipe: Skinny Vegetarian Mexican Chili
7. Peanuts: Because what’s a ball game without shelling and eating some nuts? Plus, peanuts pack a protein punch!
8. Steamed edamame: It does not get easier than steamed edamame. Serve hot or cold.
9. Pulled chicken breast on wheat rolls: This is another great main entrée idea. Use your favorite pulled pork or brisket recipe, but replace the meat with boneless, skinless chicken breast. Your guests won’t even know the difference and their waistlines will thank them! Whole grain wheat rolls just amp up the nutrition of this dish.
10. Buffalo cauliflower: What’s a sports game without wings? A healthy one, that’s what! No worries – guests won’t miss the wings with this veggie-friendly alternative! Season steamed and thoroughly dried cauliflower with garlic powder, black pepper, extra virgin olive oil and hot sauce of choice. Then bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Enjoy!