Updated: Feb 13
Gameday is here and you want to enjoy your favorite snacks but don't want to break the calorie bank. Here are 5 easy ways to make your favorite snacks just a little bit healthier.
1. Buffalo Wings
No need to get rid of your buffalo wings (they're everyone's fav, right?!) A way to make them healthier is to bake them instead of frying the wings and use non-fat yogurt as a base for your dipping sauce.
Cut calories by ditching the flour tortillas and opt for corn tortillas instead. An even lower carb option is substituting lettuce cups for your tortilla altogether. Butter lettuce is soft, flavorful, and an excellent way to hold your taco fixings. Go gettem'!
3. Potato Chips
Potato Chips are yummy, let's admit it. BUT they're loaded with salt, cholesterol, and calories. A healthier option is to chuck the chips altogether and go for popcorn instead! Popcorn can be filling AND healthy (just make sure you don't load it with butter and salt). To give it a little kick, consider adding some paprika and chili powder :-).
4. Bean Dip (or any other dip, for that matter)
One option is to make your dip with a yogurt base to add healthy nutrients and limit calories. Another option is to use hummus instead of a traditional dip. Go one step further by skipping traditional potato chips and using pita chips or a variety of colorful veggies such as cucumber, zucchini, peppers, and carrots to dip in the hummus.
Forget take-out! Instead, make your own pizza using a cauliflower crust instead of traditional flour dough. Load up on veggie toppings and you'll definitely score points with this one!
Go team, go! Dr. Jen
Dr. Jen Caudle is a Family Doctor & Associate Professor at Rowan University, On-air health expert, and a Video creator. Please sign up for her free newsletter and follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube for daily health videos.