guest blogger: manuel villacorta, nationally recognized registered dietitian & owner of mv nutrition center in san francisco
football sunday has become a sacred day in america, and is often welcomed with nearly as much food as thanksgiving. you can easily pack over 2,200 calories on snacks alone! with all the days excitement and activity it is easy to over consume and let your inhibitions down. here are some practical tips to help you enjoy football’s biggest day without making your waistline grow!
am i going to tell you to stop eating? no! we are going to focus on harm reduction. promote less harm by including these types of snacks for the big game:
say hola tortilla and adios guilt. the u.s. calorie control council estimates that americans pack away 11 million pounds of chips during sunday’s big game. replace your traditional fried tortilla chips with tortilla popchips. this simple switch will reduce your calorie and fat intake without sacrificing the flavor.
meet your newest salsa partner: volume is key to a game changing guacamole. try adding pico de gallo salsa (fresh tomatoes, onions, and cilantro) and add it to your guacamole. the result will be a hearty and delicious dip that is lower in calories and fat. pair with salsa tortilla popchips.
the coolest cream of the crunch: switch up your ranch wing dip. chicken wings are always hot item on the menu, but it’s easy to overdo it with the high fat dressings and dips. get cool by making an alternative dip full of flavor and low in fat. mix 1 cup greek yogurt with 2 tbsp. lemon juice, 1 tbsp. olive oil, and 1-2 tbsp. fresh dill (or herb of your choice). pair with ranch tortilla popchips.
a nacho above the rest: add this cilantro bean dip to your party spread; or spread it on top of chips to create a super nacho platter. it is simple and sure to be a hit! blend 2 cans of drained black beans, 3 tbsp. black bean juice from can, 2 tbsp. lime juice, 2 tbsp. olive oil, 2 tbsp. cilantro paste, and a pinch of salt. pair with nacho tortilla popchips.
why manuel pops: manuel villacorta is a nationally recognized registered dietitian owner of, mv nutrition, an award winning nutrition center in san francisco. he is the creator and author of eating free: the carb friendly way to lose inches. he is a health contributor for huffington post, fox news latino and univison.