Big Game, Big Taste: Healthy Game Day Snacks
Whether you're watching college bowl games, the NFL playoffs or preparing for the Super Bowl, you are more than likely preparing a menu of your favorite game day snacks for your next get together. Instead of opting for the usual game day treats, try one of these tooth-friendly substitutions for a pigskin party that's delicious and nutritious.
Chicken wings, minus the sweet BBQ sauce.
If the sauce is sweet, it's likely loaded with brown sugar. Instead, opt for a mustard or vinegar-based wing sauce. If you prefer spicy wings, try using spicy brown mustard for the sauce. For an exotic twist, make a sauce with curry spices and yogurt.1 Oh, and one more tip about chicken wings – be careful not to bite down on the bone!
White bean dip.
For a healthier veggie dip, try making your own with a can of cannellini (white kidney) beans, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and rosemary. Beans are full of fiber, which keeps you full longer and deters food cravings. They're also rich in antioxidants.2 Check online for a quick and easy recipe.
Phosphorous helps build enamel – and eggs happen to be a very good source of the mineral.3 Deviled eggs are always a crowd pleaser. To add an extra tooth-boosting oomph to yours, skip the mayo and mix mustard with Greek yogurt instead. Yogurt is a great way to get the recommended daily amount of calcium.4
Swap a few of your usual appetizers out for some of these, and you'll be celebrating a healthy mouth long after the touchdowns are scored.