Keys to Healthier Snacking March Madness
Posted on: 3/25/2016 11:10 AM
Stop the Madness while you watch the Madness:
Keys to healthier snacking.
Ah, March Madness! That time of year when we gather ‘round the biggest TV we can find, invite over the college buddies, cheer on the alma mater and drink beer. Lots of beer. And eat chips. Lots of chips. And subs. And pizza. And wings.
While it’s not a bad thing to indulge now and again (more on that later), slightly adjusting your buffet can help keep you and your friends a wee bit healthier. We’re not saying you need to serve carrots and celery sticks – exclusively – but there are healthy alternatives you can serve that’ll leave your buds feeling satisfied – without the guilt.
Hummus. Tortilla chips go just as well with hummus as they do with queso. If you really want to kick it up a notch on the healthy food meter, serve with pita chips instead of tortilla chips.
Trail mix. Skip the Chex mix and try trail mix instead. Making your own is simple. Use almonds, dried fruit, seeds, lightly buttered popcorn and some chocolate chips. It’s nutritionally dense and satisfying.
Spicy Edamame (soybeans). For mindless snacking, few things beat edamame. Rich in protein and low in fat, it’s also easy to prepare. For an extra kick (and to rev up your metabolism), sprinkle them with chili powder.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries. If you’re anything like us, you can down an order of French fries without even realizing, which will set you back at least 500 calories and 20 grams of fat. Try this healthy swap instead: use sweet potatoes (rich in Vitamin A) and bake them instead of frying them.
Roasted Chickpeas. Chickpeas pack some protein and, roasted, they make a satisfying crunchy snack. Enough said.
Other good Madness eats include grilled chicken wings, veggie sandwiches and summer rolls.