My Top 10 Healthy Football Foods

Greg RiotAnalyst IOctober 28, 2009

If you consume as many calories during a game as passing yards or rushing yards your prime time players clock in over a season, things can start to go south quickly for you. Literally.

That is the peril many NFL fans face every year during the football season when sport, pizza, wings and beer conspire hand-in-hand and create an irresistible caloric down-slope. Compounded over many seasons and things are sure to get out of hand. Not to mention bad breath from bad eating. (Yikes!)

Traditional football eats are loaded with saturated fat, calories and added salt, which really should come with a screaming health warning. Too many footballers are helpless against the unlimited supply of snacks and treats that prop up as a veritable buffet during game-day. Resisting the temptation can be a real challenge. For those of you who can't watch football without the grease, read My Top Ten Football Foods .

But you don’t have to make such tough choices. All it takes is a little bit of creativity and a few healthy substitutions and you can serve up game-day snacks that are sure to help keep the pounds off and save you from having to buy a bigger couch down the road.


Hosting the game next week? Serve any of these 10 healthier options:

  1. Serve whole wheat pita with hummus , salsa or dips prepared with non-fat yogurt or reduced-fat sour cream  
  2. Serve vegetarian bean chili instead of regular beef chili
  3. Serve baked tortilla chips, reduced-fat cheese, salsa and fat-free sour cream
  4. Instead of those dreaded chicken wings, try grilled chicken tenderloins or shrimp skewers with hot sauce and low-calorie blue-cheese dressing
  5. No one has ever gained any weight from vegetables. Having crunchy carrot sticks, celery slices, bell pepper strips, sliced cucumbers with fat-free or low-fat dressings, salsa or yogurt dips is an excellent option
  6. Serve baked chips instead of regular chips
  7. Make a sandwich platter using whole-grain hoagies with lean deli meats such as turkey and ham and assorted vegetables (lettuce, tomato, pickles, roasted peppers, etc.). Hold the mayo and use mustard instead.
  8. Cold shrimp with cocktail sauce.
  9. Edamame (serve steamed soy beans in the pod)
  10. Fresh fruit platters