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Be a Smart Snacker during NFL Playoffs!

| by Mitzi Dulan

So how do you enjoy watching the NFL Playoffs without mindless munching? Try snacking like the pros. Although you’re not physically in the game, you can still fuel your body like NFL superstars. I tell my professional athlete clients that smart snacking is key to maintaining optimal energy levels.

Try these “SMART SNACKS” this Sunday while watching the football:

  1. ALMONDS: crunchy, tasty, satisfying – what’s not to love about these MVP snack foods! Every ounce (a hefty 23 almonds) contains 6 grams of protein and 3.5 grams of fiber, which is perfect during a long day of watching the football. Now that’s a power-packed snack to keep you feeling satisfied. Football Snack Ideas: Before you watch the game, whip up a batch of almond snacks that covers the bases. Try my Cocoa Almond Popcorn, Spicy Party Mix, or Almond Crusted Mahi Mahi Sticks. Create your own trail mix. I love the combo of almonds + dried cherries. Spread almond butter on whole grain crackers and serve on a platter. Your guests will love munching on these nutty treats! Another idea, just serve them plain. Sometimes simple is best so fill a nice big bowl with almonds and enjoy.
  2. WHOLE-GRAIN PITA: skip the potato chips and Cheetos this Sunday and opt for whole-grain pita instead. You’ll taken in more fiber and feel full in less time! Football Snack Ideas: Make homemade pita chips. Just cut up the pita, sprinkle with olive oil, and bake in the oven until crispy. You’ll have delicious whole-grain pita chips without the tons of oil and salt used in store-bought products. Serve whole-grain pita or your homemade pita chips with hummus, black bean dip, guacamole, or salsa!
  3. MINI CARROTS: when you’re looking to quickly satisfy a “munchie” during the game turn to your pal the baby carrot. This snack isn’t only for kids anymore. Sneak in a vegetable while you munch on this vitamin A filled snack. Serve these fun baby carrots with hummus, black bean dip, or almond butter.
  4. CLEMENTINES: football is not the only thing in season this time of year. Clementines are also. This is a great fruit to snack on during the game because it takes time to unravel, which equals less time of mindless munching! Set out a big bowl of clementines and it will be a fun snack to pass (or throw!) around to guests.
  5. HASS AVOCADOS: did you know that on the day of The Big Game nearly 70 million pounds of Hass avocados will be consumed? That’s enough to fill Dallas Cowboys Stadium from end zone to end zone nearly 27 feet high. Football Snack Ideas: Here’s my delish recipe for Guacamole in the book I co-authored with Tony Gonazlez, The All-Pro Diet.

Serve these snacks on game day and see how you’ve become a smarter snacker!

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Disclosure: I’m a spokesperson for The Almond Board of California and the Hass Avocado Board

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