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Football Season- NUTRITION TIP OF THE WEEK

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Football Robious CorridorFootball season is here and it’s natural to think about great tailgate food as part of the fun. Here are a few ideas to keep the fat and calories in check while you cheer on your favorite team.

I like to have foods that represent team colors; roasted red peppers, yellow and red tomatoes, spiralized carrots, beets, avocado, black beans, and blueberries can cover most of the NFL football team colors.

Think appetizer size portions; small bites with lots of flavor can be healthy and taste terrific. Grilled vegetables with some spicy seasoning on a small kabob looks as good as it tastes.

A big platter layered side by side with chunks of avocado, tomato, quinoa with pico de gallo sauce, lettuce, mango, and black beans with jalapeno peppers is an easy way to enjoy nachos without all the fat.

Toasted high protein Flat Outs tortillas make a great quesadilla with grilled vegetables, chicken, chorizo, guacamole, shredded low-fat cheese, and cilantro. The Flat-Outs contain 9 g of protein and 9 g of fiber and have 2.5 g of fat.

Roasted sweet potato wedges with chipotle spice is a great alternative to traditional French fries.

Chili with extra vegetables and beans with extras on the side (cheese, low-fat sour cream or Greek yogurt, and avocado chunks) is filling and full of fiber and protein.

Try grilling some fruit on a kabob with a Greek yogurt dipping sauce for dessert; there won’t be leftovers.

Shredded or spiralized carrots mixed with a ginger-lime peanut sauce is a nice, colorful salad. The sauce contains 2 Tbs. natural peanut butter, 4 Tbs. coconut milk, pinch of cayenne pepper, 2 cloves finely chopped garlic, 1 Tbs. lime juice, 1 Tbs. grated fresh ginger, and salt to taste.Combine all ingredients and toss over 5 large peeled and spiraled carrots with 1/3 cup of roasted cashews and 2 Tbs. chopped cilantro.

Try something new other than fried wings and burgers at your next tailgate. Your waistline will thank you.

 

Written by Donna Wheeler, acac nutritionist

acac Midlothian has provided Robious Corridor Magazine and Robious Corridor Online with valuable health, nutrition, and fitness information for years.  Since our first issue, we welcome their guidance and recognize them as a Keystone Corporate Partner!

 

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