Saturday, February 2, 2013

Snack Ideas for the Big Game or for Anytime

I was listening to the news today and on it, they said that the number one thing that Americans snack on today is yogurt and the number two is bars and listening to that made me think; what are we going be snacking on while watching the big game?

Okay, I have to admit that I am not the biggest football fan.  I haven’t sat back to watch even one game this entire season, but I will sit down to watch the National Anthem, the commercials and the half time show. I guess you can say that I will be watching most of the game then.

Just because it is an opportunity to snack does not mean it has to be an unhealthy one.  There are so many things that we can snack on to keep things a little bit healthier but also tasty.  How about some apples? 

As a snack an apple is pretty good. Maybe you are concerned about the sugar content.  I saw in the store the other day apples sold in small packs.  I guess you would call that what a serving of fruit should be as opposed to eating the whole fruit.  Not so bad if you take those apples and dip it in one of those single serving pouches of peanut butter. 
Alright, maybe my taste is not the same as yours but nonetheless, a snack is a snack.  So here are some healthy snack ideas that you might find enjoyable and perhaps may even try.
·         Sliced Apples, Bananas or Celery with Peanut Butter

·         Crackers with Canned Tuna Fish in Water

·         Sliced Carrots with Cottage Cheese

·         Healthy Pop Kettle Corn Popcorn from Jolly Time

o   One serving of this yummy popcorn equates to 1 cup and is 25 calories. Even if you got a little hungry and decided to dig into the entire bag which serves about 3 ½ people, you’d still be dipping into a snack that is less than 100 calories. Not bad.

·         Oikos Blueberry Yogurt with ¼ cup of Kind Maple Walnut Clusters or granola

·         Strawberries with dark chocolate dipping sauce and Sutter Home Moscato

·         Homemade Zucchini Chips  

o   Slice the Zucchini into rings, dip into milk and place into a batter of parmesan cheese and panko and place over an oven dish coated with 1 tbsp of olive oil.  Cook in the oven at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes.

·         Stuffed Mushrooms with Spinach, Goat Cheese and Shrimp

·         Special K Sour Cream and Onion Chips           

o   Chips always seem an appropriate snack and sometimes it is hard to stick to the suggested serving sizes noted on the box sometimes, which also indicate how much calories we will be eating per serving. Unlike a serving of Pringles which is 15 chips or Wise Crunchy Cheese Doodles which is a 1/2 cup, a serving of Special K chips is like 27 chips and they taste pretty good.  You get more chips per serving and they are healthy (low sodium, sugar content, calories from fat). If you are a lover of chips, these might work with your appetite.

·         Toasted Almonds

o   Take your almonds, whether shelled or sliced, put them in a baking pan and place them in the oven at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes. You can entice them with your favorite flavorings like honey or agave to make them honey roasted, cinnamon to make them cinnamon toasted or whatever is appealing to your taste.

·         Coconut Shrimp scampi

·         Corn Souffle

These are just a few suggestions.  I guess you can tell that a girl loves to eat.  But snacking does not have to always be the traditional buffalo wings for it to be good.  Why not try something else? These ideas have been tried and have proven to be really great. Hopefully you will like at least one idea.

Nonetheless, enjoy the game, the National Anthem, the Halftime Show and the funny commercials that come along with it, happy snacking and may the best team win!!!

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