Football – Healthy Eating

You Can Use a Healthy Recipe and Make Healthy Meals.

Football season is in full swing and so are all of the parties. Not everybody is a football fan, but almost everyone, likes the parties that surround this time of year. With all of the parties there is also a whole lot of eating going on. You can use a healthy recipe and prepare healthy meals for your friends and family to eat healthy or put out the traditional snacks and prepared food that sends healthy eating right to the sidelines where you usually find the players sitting on the bench. If you’re not active the last thing you need is some of the bad snacks and meals that don’t promote healthy eating and proper weight management.

It is possible to enjoy all of the parties and still eat healthy. You don’t have to allow your eating at these parties to turn you into one of the tackles on the field that everyone is talking about. So let’s think about the alternative healthy meals and snacks we can prepare to turn Sunday Football parties into a great day of fun and activity to promote good health not more fat.

Barbeques are a great way to prepare healthy meals. Change your way of thinking about the foods you usually make on the grill and check for a healthy recipe to make chicken or veggie burgers, fish or vegetables. If you’re doing hot dogs for instance, they don’t have to be so bad. Look to make sure they aren’t packed full of all the bad preservatives, nitrates and sodium. Most people can’t tell the difference between beef and turkey dogs and don’t care. If you use whole grain mustard and Sauerkraut on your dogs, you have used a healthy recipe to let your friends and family eat healthy and they probably will never know it unless you tell them.

A lot of people don’t want to spend their day at home, they would rather go to a club or bar. Just because you go out, it doesn’t mean you can’t eat healthy. You may have to read the menu more carefully or ask about what they have to offer for alternatives, if you take the time, you can find healthy meals at your favorite clubs and bars. When you go to your favorite club or bar with a food menu they almost always have the traditional foods, finger foods and snacks. Stay away from the fried foods, avoid Wings drenched in sauces and dunked in blue cheese. Sad as it is chicken tenders are a better choice and use the sauce lightly. If you just have to have a snack, ask if they have veggies or tortilla chips, they’re usually made with whole grain wheat or corn and if you combine them with bean dips or hummus, you’ve used a healthy recipe to eat healthy. Stay away from French fries and opt for a baked potato instead.

It’s Your Turn to have the Party at your House on Game Day.

Why not take the time and use a healthy recipe that let’s all of your family and friends eat healthy. Healthy meals don’t take any more time than unhealthy meals to prepare. Stay away from fried potato chips and corn puffs with powdered who knows what on them. Instead use the baked version of these snacks. Potato skins stuffed with veggies covered whit fresh salsa or guacamole. Whole grain chips with bean dip or hummus, fresh salsa is full of vegetables packed with antioxidants. Put out fresh salad instead of fried finger foods Coleslaw or Macaroni salad are great and go heavy on the vegetables. My buddy makes a great chili using turkey instead of hamburger meat, pack it with beans and onions, bell pepper and throw in some carrots and chili peppers. This is a healthy recipe full of foods packed with anti-oxidants and energy to burn. Your guest will eat healthy and not even recognize the healthy meals you’ve provided for them.

So it’s someone Else Who has to throw the Party

You’re going to your friends house, it’s their turn to clean up the mess and make sure everyone has what they need to watch the game. When it’s your turn, I hope the teams playing, don’t mean much to you. Because everyone knows when you’re throwing the party you don’t have time to enjoy it yourself. By the way, THANK YOU VERY MUCH! Believe me people recognize the quality of your preparations even if they don’t say it to you. Comments between husband and wife or boyfriend and girlfriend abound about how great or bad the snacks and food were. If you have given the party first, you will be surprised how much people recognized the quality of what you did and remember to be copied is the highest form of flattery one can receive. When you go to someone else’s house, take your own snacks with you. Fruit or nuts, almonds in particular are great for you and make a very good snack. Take some vegetables celery and carrots, olives if you set the example they will follow. When you think about the drinks beer, mixers, soda, juices and the all new and improved energy drink of the month, well you get the idea. Think water, the more water you drink and less of everything else, the better your choices will be about the rest of your diet and you will be more likely to eat healthy.

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