Day 217-Football weekend and caramel popcorn!

We have finally made it to another Friday! And I know many of you are looking ahead to Saturday’s college football lineup. Who doesn’t like to snack while watching football? It’s just as much a part of game day as the game itself. One thing you may be worried about (or not) is eating too much or preparing snacks chocked full of fattening cheeses and sour cream. I suggest you plan ahead. Make a list of foods that everyone will eat but won’t make you feel guilty. That’s right, cater the menu to YOUR dietary needs. It’s so easy and delicious nobody will know ūüôā

Here are a few ideas for your football get together.

Everyone loves hot wings! They are a staple during weekend football. Good news! Buffalo wings can be heart-healthy. Just remove the skin from the chicken and bake (or grill) instead of frying. Stir up a low-cal dressing using light mayo or non-fat Greek Yogurt. Serve with celery and carrot sticks.

Super-Bean Vegetarian Chili-mix black beans, black-eyed peas (or your favorite chili bean) into your homemade chili sauce. This dish is delicious and has more than half your fiber needs for the day.

Sweet potatoes are a very healthy choice. You can bake them in the oven or chop them up and make sweet potato fries. Bake them on a foil-lined pan, season and enjoy!

Popcorn!! I love this snack and why not dress it up with caramel sauce-yep ooey¬†gooey caramel! How can this be ok to eat on a diet? (don’t go overboard. It still has calories)¬†¬†Here is my recipe…Skip the microwave stuff and pop your own on the stove top¬†(reminds me of my grandma. She¬†makes awesome popcorn!). I buy a jar of sugar-free¬†caramel sauce (in the ice cream section. The squirty kind is fine too) mix¬†the caramel¬†into already popped corn with peanuts (optional) and bake in the oven at¬†300 degrees for 15 minutes. Delicious! And you won’t miss the sugar from calorie laden caramel sauce.

Pinwheels…remember the healthy tortillas I posted¬†a few days ago? Why not use them to make healthy yet delicious pinwheels. Stuff them with ham, turkey, low-fat cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, onion (whatever veggie you like) spread on some mustard or fat-free mayo, roll up and serve. These are good stuffed with shrimp or crab meat too just make sure it’s not fried.

Meatballs…if you are trying to stay on a low-carb diet these may be your saving grace. Roll out your meatballs (or buy them frozen) season and bake in the oven. You can add them to spaghetti sauce or marinara sauce and enjoy.

Who doesn’t love potato chips! Salty, crunchy and perfect for snacking. Have you checked out the calorie content on the back of the bag? Ridiculous! Why not make your own. Yes you can do it. Use wonton wrappers¬†and cut 24 triangles. Layer on a non stick baking sheet. Season with your favorite spices and bake 8 minutes or until golden brown. Oh so good! Serve with your favorite salsa for a fantastic snack!

If you are worried about killing the calories this weekend just relax and stay focused. If you are in charge of the menu, no worries. You can prepare snacks that fit in with your calorie needs. If you are going to a friend’s house to watch the game eat something before you go. How about¬†a peanut butter sandwich or a protein smoothie. Scramble an egg and microwave a slice or 2 of bacon. If you go hungry you will regret it after you eat. Common sense is all you need this weekend ūüôā

Have a great Friday!

Elizabeth

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