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Winning game day eats

Oct. 30, 2012
 
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Typically, football is accompanied by an endless spread of snacks, sweets and meats that makes it easy to overeat these calorie- and carb-dense foods that are low in nutrients. So alread,y game day takes a double hit to your health. But there are plenty of snacks and sides that are just as tasty that offer great nutritional benefits.

Snacking smart options:

• A veggie tray with guacamole, hummus or low-fat ranch.

• A fruit tray with a low-fat yogurt dip, fruit salad, or fruit skewers.

• Salsa with baked tortilla chips.

• Unbuttered popcorn.

• Layered taco dip with whole grain chips.

• Whole grain crackers and cheese cubes.

• Black bean and corn salad.

• Healthy snack mix.

• Bowl of salt-free nuts.

Meat tips:

• Use lean meats (93 percent or more lean is best).

• Try using turkey to make your burgers or in your chili.

• For beef, try a leaner cut such as sirloin, T-bone or flank steak.

• Try sliders instead of full-sized burgers.

Other tips to avoid overeating during the big football hurrah:

• “Out of sight, out of mind”: Keep the food in the kitchen or sit away from the food table and focus your energy on cheering for those Packers!

• Use a small plate and fill it only once during the game.

• Remember portion sizes as you fill your plate.

Diabetic safety precautions when drinking alcohol:

• Check with your doctor to make sure it’s safe for you to drink. In some cases drinking alcohol can worsen your symptoms.

• Never drink on an empty stomach. Alcohol is processed differently than food and can cause low blood glucose levels, especially if you are taking a pill or insulin that lowers your blood glucose levels.

• Stick to no more than two drinks for men and one for women. A drink is considered 12 ounces of beer, 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits, or 5 ounces of wine.

• To stay safe, check your blood glucose levels to see how alcohol affects you.

Use half-time as a fitness break: Get up and move around, go for a quick walk by yourself or grab a game-day buddy or get a head start on clearing some plates or cleaning a few dishes. Don’t let football season be the off-season for your health.

Submitted by Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin

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