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Healthy food ideas for fall football

Fall signals back to school, falling leaves, and college football! Tailgates and concessions become the available food venues each Saturday during this festive time. As a dietitian, people watch what I eat and what I bring to these events.


Here are some options that help keep my dietitian integrity intact but are delicious enough that my friends still enjoy the food.

  1. Veggie or fruit trays with low-fat dip offer healthy finger food.
  2. Sliders are a great option and can be healthy too. Shredded chicken mixed with low-sugar BBQ sauce served on whole wheat slider buns can sub for fatty burgers or wings.
  3. Football Eggs – Deviled eggs can pack a protein punch and be kept diet friendly by substituting Greek yogurt for mayo and using only half the yolks. Add black olive slices and parsley to create the laces, as pictured above.
  4. Fruit dip with apple slices, dark chocolate-covered strawberries, or pumpkin pie dip with ginger snaps all satisfy a sweet tooth.  WARNING: These little treats are NOT  CSID friendly!

Concession Stands

At the concession stand, making good choices is tougher. I did a little research and found that the standard hot dog with mustard checks in at 290 calories. If there is a grilled chicken sandwich available, it’s only about 280 calories for a 6-ounce sandwich. A bag of peanuts is about 1,260 calories for 12 ounces, but hopefully you’ll share the bag. And since it takes so long to shell them, you’ll naturally consume fewer.

Have a fun season. Win or lose, at least you’ll be well fed!

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