Add these four healthy ingredients to your next football game day and score big!
1. Fresh Jalapeno
Adding jalapenos to meals and snacks not only offers flavor for a small calorie load, but can further ramp up metabolism. Now that is a touchdown!
2. Plain Greek Yogurt
Compared to traditional yogurts, Greek yogurt offers an ample supply of protein. Sticking to a plain Greek yogurt reduces sugar content while offering unique flavor to a variety of dishes.
The versatility of this lean protein staple makes its incorporation simple in a wide-variety of meals. Chicken is packed with protein without packing on calories!
Avocados are a special fruit, as they bring healthful fats to the game day table rather than natural sugars. Healthy fats are shown to reduce the risk of heart disease!
Game Day Omelet
Kick off game day with a protein-packed omelet! Start by whisking two eggs, a couple tablespoons of water, and a light pinch of salt and pepper. In a lightly greased, hot skillet, pour in egg mixture and gently push cooked portions away from the edges towards the center. Continue to tilt pan and gently move mixture until the eggs are fully cooked. Place sliced jalapenos and cubed chicken onto one side of omelet and gently fold the other side over the mixture. Top with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt and slices of avocado and your favorite salsa!
Avocado and Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad
Skip out on heavy chicken salad loaded with mayonnaise! Instead, mix 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt with a ripe avocado and blend until smooth. Add in 1 clove chopped garlic, sea salt and black pepper to taste. Add 2 cups cubed or shredded chicken, 1/2 finely chopped red onion, 1 tablespoon lime juice and stir to combine. Serve on lettuce leaves as a wrap or whole wheat bread or even your favorite tortilla chip!
Crockpot Chicken Tacos for a Crowd
An extravagant dinner on game day is more than likely out of the question. Keep the convenience theme by serving up chicken tacos in your crockpot! Add 3 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast to a crockpot. Sprinkle 1-2 packages of your favorite taco seasoning over the chicken and add enough chicken stock or water to just cover the chicken. Cover and cook on high 2 to 3 hours or until cooked through and tender. Once cooked, shred the chicken and serve in taco shells with a dollop of Greek yogurt (replacing the sour cream), and all the veggie fixings!
Enjoy those game day favorites with less fat! Slice eight jalapenos vertically in half and remove the membranes and seeds. Set jalapenos aside and mix together one cup Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup low-fat cheddar cheese, and a dash of onion and garlic powder. Fill jalapenos with the yogurt and cheese mixture. Place on a baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 10 minutes and broil at the end for a couple minutes.
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Skip out on the boxed pudding mix and create a natural product with healthy ingredients! In a food processor or blender, place and mix together the edible portion of two avocados, a half-cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, a cup of Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, a light drizzle of honey or agave, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Serve right away, chill, or freeze for more of a frozen yogurt feel! Serve with freshly cut banana or strawberry slices if desired.
Additional Healthy Food Ingredients to Have On Hand:
Salt and Pepper
Garlic and Onion Powder
Taco Seasoning (or make your own!)
Low-Fat Cheddar Cheese
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Unsweetened Almond Milk
Honey or Agave