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AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — Whether “War Eagle” or “Roll Tide” is your battle cry on Saturdays, most of us can agree that healthy game day snacks are a must-have for family football gatherings this fall.
“A movie theater-sized tub of popcorn is approximately 1,090 calories, 49g fat and 2,650mg of sodium, and that’s without any butter,” said Sofia Sanchez, Alabama Extension specialist and registered dietitian. “It’s a great idea to include snacks that provide a range of beneficial nutrients, as well as fiber to help with satiety.”
Now that kickoff is here, that doesn’t mean the family has to “punt” on making good food choices. Pass on those heavy appetizers that’ll bring on the first-half nap, and let Live Well Alabama help to create a menu filled with energizing treats.
What is a football snack without a dip? Guacamole is always an easy option that’ll give the family tons of energy to keep cheering throughout the game. Combine avocados, onions, garlic and tomatoes — add some lime juice with salt and pepper, and serve up tasty guacamole that takes just minutes to prepare.
If guacamole isn’t high on the dip list, consider Live Well Alabama’s Sassy Strawberry Salsa. This sweet and spicy side dish combines strawberries and cilantro for a great addition to the game day spread.
Want more? Live Well Alabama has more. Check out LiveWellAlabama.com for dip recipes, including the Creamy Cucumber Dill or the Dip It! Bean Dip — both are options that are sure to satisfy. Don’t forget the crunchy veggies like bell peppers, carrots or celery for dipping.
A football snack staple is a delicious plate of nachos while watching the action on television. Live Well Alabama has nacho lovers covered with a different take on the flavorful snack. Check out Live Well’s Good-For-You Nachos. Combine sweet potatoes with tons of vegetables, tomatoes and beans and bake for 20 to 30 minutes. Open the oven and have a crispy and mouthwatering snack to enjoy.
Speaking of sweet potatoes, another simple game-day snack is sweet potato fries. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F, slice sweet potatoes into one-fourth inch strips, season with salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper and dried thyme. Then spread the fries out on a baking sheet and cook for approximately 25 to 30 minutes. The result is scrumptious finger food, which is an excellent addition to any viewing experience.
If the weather is still too warm to turn on the oven, there’s nothing like a mixed-fruit salad to cool down.
The Fruit Paradise recipe combines pineapples, oranges, banana, grapes and yogurt for a cool treat during the early parts of the season.
Another cold but tasty treat is Live Well’s Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries. This one is really simple. Just dip blueberries in Greek yogurt until the berries are completely coated, place on a baking sheet and then freeze. Once frozen, enjoy a sweet, cold and nutritious snack.