Snyder’s snack of choice? Pistachios.
“Pistachios are loaded with antioxidants and fiber, which will help you feel full and prevent you from overeating during the big game and give you an immune system boost as well,” Snyder said.
Other healthy options are pita chips with hummus, vegetables with vegetable dip, bison or turkey burger sliders, popcorn, baked sweet potato fries or a cup of turkey chili. For those who can’t imagine game day without wings, Snyder suggests baking the wings instead of deep-frying to replace some of the unwanted and unnecessary fats.
“Oftentimes we want to eat healthier, but we simply don’t know what to eat,” Snyder said. “All of these options are healthy swaps for satisfying game day enjoyment.”
Snyder recommends, too, having a backup plan if you’re going over to someone else’s house to watch the game, as this can be one of the biggest pitfalls to straying from a diet.
“Don’t give yourself an excuse to eat poorly,” he said. “Take along some portable healthy snacks — such as healthy bars, trail mix or pistachios — to be sure you have options and don’t indulge in hours of unhealthy snacking.”
While it is certainly understandable, and sometimes difficult, to eat healthy during the big game, it is something that can be done with the right planning and preparation, according to Snyder.