5 Easy Ways to Make Healthy Game Day Snacks
by Dr. Jen Caudle
Game day 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 just 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)
Skip the dip completely and opt for hummus instead because it's tasty and likely healthier. Go one step further by skipping pita chips and opting for a variety of colorful veggies to dip in the hummus such as cucumber, zucchini, peppers and carrots.
Forget take-out! Instead, make your own pizza and use a cauliflower crust instead of a traditional flour dough. You'll definitely score points with this one!
Go team, go! Dr. Jen
Dr. Jen Caudle is a Family Physician, Associate Professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. She appears on TODAY, NBC Nightly News, Dr. Oz Show, Fox News, HLN, the Rachael Ray Show + others. Sign up for her free health newsletter and follow her on social at www.drjencaudle.com . Subscribe to her YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/drjencaudle.