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Patriot Life - Eat Better During the Big Game

Winter 2016
Issue No. 6

Eat Better During the Big Game

Date: January 1, 2016

friends watching football

It’s that time of year when Sunday afternoon often means settling down with friends and family to take in some football action—and lots of snack food. If you’re looking to punt some empty calories, consider these healthy substitutes for tried-andtrue gameday favorites.

  • Instead of ripping open a bag of potato chips and setting out a bowl of sour cream and onion dip, try hummus with baked pita chips and carrot sticks—a tasty snack that’s lower in fat and higher in protein, fiber and vitamins.
  • Avoid the sugary soda aisle at the grocery store and instead mix up a refreshing strawberrykiwi spritzer. Mash the fruits and strain into an icy glass of plain seltzer (club soda without sodium) for a thirst-quenching drink that’s low in calories.
  • For savory munchies that pack plenty of flavor and crunch, mix up a batch of whole-grain party mix using whole-grain cereals, olive oil instead of butter or margarine, and soy nuts or wasabi peas rather than the usual mixed nuts.

Recipes for these healthy treats and more can be found at