by Tara Sallee MS, RD, LD
Score big points on game day with a tasty tailgate that is also good for you! Game day can be hard to navigate while sticking to health and wellness. It’s estimated that the average American consumes around 2,500 calories during the big game, just during the 4-5 hour span. However, with a few of Hy-Vee dietitians’ top tips you can stay on track while enjoying the day!
Avoid skipping meals in preparation for a watch party or tailgate. Skipping meals and snacks leading up to the big game can result in a lack of protein and fiber throughout the day – two nutrients that help keep you full longer. When we are overly hungry, it is harder to make healthy choices and use portion control, which can often result in overeating. Start off game day with a protein- and fiber-filled breakfast such as an egg with peanut butter whole-wheat toast. Peanut butter provides protein and good fats along with a variety of vitamins and minerals. When combined with fiber-filled whole-grain bread and nutrient-dense eggs, it makes for the perfect start to the day!
When you arrive at the party, grab a plate, add your favorites and take a seat! This helps avoid grazing when standing by the food table. Grazing results in mindless eating, larger portions and more calories. Be intentional about the foods and portion sizes you consume by plating your food and sitting down to eat. Scope out the food spread first and then take small portions of your top 3 indulgences. If fruits and veggies are being served, add those to your plate in addition to the game day favorites you can’t live without!
Whether you are tailgating or having a watch party, you can serve better-for-you appetizers that are sure to be crowd-pleasers! Try sweet and salty Peanut Butter Hummus, loaded with protein and fiber that will fill you up and keep you full longer. Pair this with healthy dippers like fresh fruit or pretzel sticks for a great game day snack that will not derail your health goals!
Peanut Butter Hummus
All you need:
1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans
¼ cup Hy-Vee peanut butter
¼ cup agave nectar
2 tbsp PB2 powdered peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp Hy-Vee salt
2-3 tsp water, or as needed.
Hy-Vee peanuts, chopped, for garnish
All you do:
1.Place garbanzo beans in a food processor. Cover and pulse until coarsely chopped.
2.Add creamy peanut butter, agave nectar, peanut butter powder, vanilla and salt and process until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Add water, as needed, to food processor to reach desired consistency.
3.Transfer hummus to a serving bowl. Garnish with chopped peanuts. Serve with desired dippers.
Recipe source: https://www.hy-vee.com/recipes-ideas/recipes/peanut-butter-hummus
For more healthy tips, reach out to a Hy-Vee dietitian today, and be sure to check out February Hy-Vee Seasons magazine for other game day recipes!
The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.