Choosing Healthy Snacks on Game Day

Football season is finally here and it’s time to have fun! If you love a great game, chances are you also love to snack during the game. So why not stay on top of your health at the same time? Try these healthier options for the next big game.

Air-Popped Popcorn
If you love cheddar popcorn, it’s important to know that there could be additives and hidden ingredients involved in the preparation of some prepackaged popcorn. Plus, some microwave popcorn brands may contain chemicals that you might not want to ingest. Thankfully, popcorn is a healthy snack that you can still enjoy: It’s all about the preparation! Air pop your popcorn on the stove top. Then, add your own seasonings and toppings. If you want to have a buttery flavor without the added calories, melt vegan butter and pour it on the popcorn. You can also add nutritional yeast flakes, a little bit of salt, and a dash of garlic for a savory flavor-filled snack.

Vegetables and Hummus
Instead of indulging in dairy-based dips and cheese sauces, you can try out other alternatives that are more nutritious, like chickpeas. You can make a creamy hummus dip using chickpeas or you can simply purchase pre-made hummus at the grocery store. For homemade, combine fresh lemon juice, chickpeas, and cloves of garlic in a blender. You can also add sun-dried tomatoes and peppers for a boost in flavor. Once you’ve created the hummus, you can use it as a dip for celery, carrots, jicama, and other crunchy vegetables.

Homemade Chips and Guacamole
Homemade chips are very easy to make. All you need to do is purchase some tortillas, cut them up into triangular shapes, and arrange them evenly on a baking sheet. Brush each tortilla with a little bit of oil. Next, sprinkle some sea salt, paprika, and pepper. Put them in the oven for a few minutes until they bake. You can choose to purchase guacamole or make your own. If you decide to make your own, grab a few ripe avocados and mash them in a bowl. Add in some salt, cilantro, lime juice, and minced garlic. Chopped onions and tomatoes make a great addition to your homemade guacamole as well.

Now that football season has started, have fun experimenting with some healthier options like these for game time. Enjoy them and tell your coworkers about them when you head back to the office. At Office Systems, football is one of the things we love the most. The other is serving people through our document workflow solutions. Don’t hesitate to contact us through our website or give us a call at (712) 277-7000.