Sunday, November 15, 2009

How to Eat Right During Football Season




Here at the Revolution Greens Headquarters we love watching our sports.  Now that football season is in high gear it can be tough not to pig out on some food you will regret having eaten the next day. We like to make sure we are keeping our bods fine tuned.  That way we get to pretend we are as good an athlete as the guys on the field and when we yell at the TV "We could have caught that" there is a glimmer of truth to it .  Check out some great tips on how to make sure your next sports watching day fits into your healthier lifestyle.


Dr. Margaret Lewin, Medical Director of Cinergy Health (www.cinergyhealth.com)
What's the most common mistake when trying to eat healthy?
Skipping meals to save calories, and then arriving at a party hungry – ready to eat anything not nailed down!
What are the least healthy things that most football fans snack on? 
Foods high in fat and refined carbohydrates such as onion rings, nachos, fried Buffalo wings and chips.
What are some healthy snacks that don't taste like rabbit food? 
- Make-it-yourself subs put together from trays of healthy breads and wraps; low fat, low salt meats and cheese, roasted red peppers, thinly-sliced canned jalapeños, sliced olives, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, olive oil and low-fat dressings and mayo. Add some crisp crackers for smaller do-it-yourself finger food.
- Baked pita crisps and cut-up raw veggies served with salsa, guacamole, hummus, bean or other low-fat dip
- Popcorn - air-popped or microwaved (put ¼ cup plain popcorn in a brown paper bag, fold over top and seal with 2 staples, cook on high for about 2 minutes), using margarine high in omega-3’s, low in saturated fat, and without trans-fat; go light on the salt.
- Edamame in the shells.
- Pistachios in their shells.
- Snack mix made with mini whole-grain cereal squares, seeds (toasted sunflower or pumpkin), unsalted nuts, mini-pretzels, dried cranberries
- Cut-up fruit.
- Chili made with turkey instead of beef, served with fat-free sour cream and fat-free cheese
Are there any brands or stores that specialize in healthy football food?
Morningstar Farms and Amy’s Kitchen make good vegetarian frozen foods.
What's something that most football fans don't know is actually healthy?
Nuts or any of the above modifications of favorites.
What are some ways to take junk food (onion rings, chicken wings, chips, etc.) and make them healthy?
- Look at the websites for Morningstar Farms (check out the “chik’n” recipes) and Amy’s Kitchen (check out the snack recipes)
- Make well-seasoned oven-fried chicken fingers (skinless chicken breast dipped in buttermilk then in seasoned ground cornflakes or breadcrumbs, then baked); serve with dips
- Lightly coat small, whole white or sweet potatoes with olive oil, sprinkle with salt or other seasonings, let stand for a few minutes, then roast at 450 degrees till puffed and crisp.
- Cut whole-wheat pitas into triangles, brush on a little olive oil, sprinkle with seasoning of your choice, then bake for a few minutes till dry – use instead of chips for low-fat dips
Are there any quick tips or rules that are easy to remember for fans trying to stay healthy? 
- Don’t arrive hungry
- Seat yourself near the healthy foods: make it inconvenient to get up and grab less healthy snacks
- Taste, don’t stuff; don’t join the “clean plate club”
How can readers stop cravings that cause them to overeat during the game?
Have a healthy snack before going to the game (a person starts to feel “full” in about 20 minutes), and start with the most attractive healthy choices first, leaving little or no appetite for the rest
If they're going to drink beer, which beers are best to compliment these healthy snacks?
Light (as opposed to dark) beers

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