Tis the season for football and I am so excited that it’s back! This year, give the traditional pizza and wings a break and try something new. We’ve asked a bunch of RD’s for their favorite game day recipes for you to try. Also below, we have some tips to keep those calories in check while enjoying the game!

 

Tips for watching calories

Keep a balanced plate as much as possible. Remember, portions, portions, portions! Not saying that you need to bring your measuring cup to the party and be that person, but be mindful. Should you really have that 3rd burger? Probably not. Keep in mind that a quarter of your plate is about ½ cup when you get that spoonful of mac & cheese.

Who doesn’t love starting out with dip?  Stick with veggie based vs cheese based dips (see below for some awesome hummus recipes!) Use veggies instead of chips as your vessel and wait a few minutes before going for that second plate.

Start the day off right. Having a balanced breakfast (and lunch if you’re watching the later games) can keep you fuller for longer and will leave you less tempted to overeat later.

Eat before you go. If you think your healthy eating habits will be blown once you see the cheese dip (trust me, it won’t be), eat a balanced meal before you go. If meeting at a restaurant, you can always look at the menu ahead of time and plan accordingly.

 

Don’t forget your drink!

Have water between drinks. Chances are, you’re going to need to go home at the end of the night and no one wants to be hungover on Monday morning. Do your waist and head a favor and go easy on the alcohol during game day.

Stick to lighter drinks. If none available, B.Y.O.B ( bring plenty to share :). Most regular beers are around 150 calories and light beers about 100 calories each. A 5 ounce glass of wine is around 120 calories. Remember with mixed drinks that calories add up when juice, soda, and syrups are added. Try mixing drinks with seltzer water for some bubble without the calories.

 

Planning

Plan your menu ahead. The easy answer on game day is to just order a bunch of pizzas and call it a day. It’s also just as easy to throw some tasty ingredients in the crockpot or oven (I mean, the games are on all day).

Ask your guests to bring an item. Don’t be afraid to be specific with your pals by asking them to bring the veggie tray or supply healthier items yourself if they plan to indulge in some wings.

B.Y.O.F (bring your own food)  If you are attending a party, offer to bring an item (pssst, check out our list below!). If all else fails and you are surrounded by pizza, beer, and wings, stick to portions and enjoy yourself, remember, everything in moderation!

 

Recipes

Dips

1

Pink Gremolata Hummus

Emily Kyle, RD. Emily Kyle Nutrition

2

Healthy 7 Layer Dip

Jessica Penner, RD. Smart Nutrition

3

Mediterranean Layer Dip

Jessica Penner, RD. Smart Nutrition

4

Shrimp Salad Dip with Baked Tortilla Chips

Erin McNamara, RD. Erin Dishes Nutrition

5

5 Layer Healthy Greek Dip

Jessica Sipro, RD. Jessica Spiro RD

Baked Beef Tostada with Tropical Mango Salsa

Tropical Mango Salsa

Caitilin Perez, RDN. Nourished NCE

7

Wild Blueberry Pistachio No Bake Brie

Amy Gorin, RD. Amy Gorin Nutrition.

8

Baba Ganoush Roasted Eggplant Dip

Julie Harrington, RD. RDelicious Kitchen.

9

Low Fat Siracha Hummus

Jodi Danen, RD. The Average RD.

10

Roasted Beet Poppy Seed Hummus

Katie Cavuto, RD. Nourish Breath Thrive.

11

Green Salsa Verde

Amanda Hernandez, RD. Nutritionist Reviews.

12

Texas Caviar AKA Black Bean Salad

Amanda Hernandez, RD. Nutritionist Reviews.

13

Guacamole

Marie Dittmer, RD. Healthy Ideas Place.

 

Finger Foods

14

Cauliflower Poppers with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Natalie Rizzo, RD. Nutrition a la Natalie

15

Cheesy Herb Roasted Chickpeas (Vegan)

Stephanie McKercher, RD. Grateful Grazer.

16

Buffalo Chicken on a Stick with Blue Cheese Dip

Danielle Cushing, RD. The Every Kitchen

17

Artichoke Dip Stuffed Grilled Turkey Roll Ups

Kelli Shallal, RD. Hungry Hobby.

18

Easy Cucumber Bites

Marie Dittmer, RD. Healthy Ideas Place.

19

Vegan Black Bean Burgers with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Lisa Kay, MS, RD. Nourished NCE

20

10 Minute Pesto Pita Pizza

Jennifer Adsit, RD. Nourished NCE

21

Healthy Potato Skin Poppers

Kristina LaRue, RD. Love and Zest.

22

Mac and Cheese Jalapeno Poppers

Emily Cooper, RD. Sinful Nutrition