Healthier Football Fare

We love football season and everything that goes along with it—kicking back in our jerseys, hotties in tight outfits getting sweaty and sexy, an excuse for a Sunday Funday…. But there’s nothing fun about all the calories that come with the drinks and traditional football food. Our healthier alternatives will take you from potential linebacker to kick-a%* Cowboys cheerleader.

We scoped out typical calories from common restaurant chains, but we’re sure they’re comparable to the grub at your fave game-watching joint.

YAY: Children’s Order of Chicken Fingers (240 calories for an order of Kids Chicken Fingers without the fries at Applebee’s)

NAY: Boneless Buffalo Wings (1,170 calories for an order of Hot Boneless Buffalo Wings at Applebee’s)

Forego a full order of fatty and calorie-laden wings and take it down a notch with a kiddie-sized serving of chicken fingers. Yes, they’re still fried, but the calories go way down. If you need something to dip (not drench) those fingers in, ask for BBQ, ketchup or hot sauce (all lower in calories) in lieu of traditional ranch or bleu cheese. Another option: Share an order of wings with a friend for a smaller portion size and lower calorie count.

YAY: Mozzarella Sticks (770 calories for an order of Fried Mozzarella Sticks at T.G.I Friday’s)

NAY: Potato Skins (2,070 calories for an order Loaded Potato Skins at T.G.I. Friday’s)

Get the cheesy taste you crave without the calorie killer fillings of bacon, cheese and sour cream. Even half an order of potato skins is almost one day’s worth of calories (ew!). Yes, mozzarella sticks are still fried, but since they only stick to one filling and you can dip them in healthier marinara sauce, they’re our pick. Go splitsies on the mozz sticks and you’re pretty golden (more room for cocktails!).

YAY: Chips with Salsa (480 calories for an order of Bottomless Toastada Chips with Salsa at Chili’s)

NAY: Nachos with the Works—cheese, beef, chili, jalapenos, sour cream, guacamole… (1,800 calories an order of Classic Loaded Nachos with Beef at Chili’s)

Yet another case of more is…more calories. Nachos, loaded with cheese, beans, sour cream, protein like beef, chicken or chili, and the seemingly healthy but actually calorie-packed guacamole, are a complete belly buster. Don’t say cheese, please: You’ll still get the same crunch and salt satisfaction from a much healthier chips and salsa dish.

YAY: Lighter beers (Select 55: 55 calories per serving)

NAY: Seasonal fall ales (Sam Adams’ Octoberfest: 165 calories per serving)

Fall foliage and football are synonymous with seasonal ales like Sam Adam’s Octoberfest, but who knew a full 12-ounce serving was 165 calories? Limit yourself to one delicious seasonal ale per outing, then switch up to something lighter. At only 55 calories per serving and with a smooth, refreshing taste, Select 55 is better if you’re throwing back barley and hops from the first play till the post game recaps.

SURPRISE! Both of these drinks aren’t bad for you

Be a morning person all day long when it comes to cocktails—the good news is that two or so Bloody Marys at 125 calories per serving and mimosas with 137 calories each won’t set you back too much. The tomatoes (and celery stick garnish) in BMs and the orange juice in an a.m. mimosa are part of your complete Sunday brunch breakfast (we don’t know if mom would approve of the alcohol though).

-Cait Rohan

GIRL TALK TIME: What is your fave football fare? How do you eat healthy during football season? Which of these picks is your go-to? Where do you usually watch games—at home or out?

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  • Marisa Taylor:

    Football season rules and cant wait to try these ideas out on Super Bowl Sunday just to balance out the crap I’m sure to consume

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  • Natasha Cricket:

    Love the new ideas can’t wait to try them

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  • Isabella Sienkiewicz:

    I love that the bloody marys not taking up so many of my daliy calories!

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    Roxie D:

    wings all the way baby! you can even grill em instead of baking. When you’re ready to add the hot sauce ot bbq, put the wings on aluminum foil to coat. :)

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  • Lisette Caesar:

    Working on my recipe now for my football party.

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    Health and Wealth:

    Try new fruits and vegetables often. Vary the colors on your plate to give your body a wide variety of nutrients.

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    Health and Wealth:

    Eating lots of fruits and veggies as part of a healthy diet may lower your risk of stroke, diabetes, and some types of cancers.

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    Ada:

    good tips

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  • Liz:

    Thank you for these Tips! I love football season.

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    Jennifer:

    I LOVE football! I love all of these tips!

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  • Lauren:

    You can make your own (healthier) wings really easy. Just roast in 400F oven for 25 min/side (50 min total) and then saute in a frying pan w/ Frank’s Red Hot Wing Sauce until coated. Super easy and super tasty.

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  • Lauren Henriksen:

    omg i love buffalo wings, ty for this lol

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  • Lissette Vega:

    Mmmmm, love it!!!

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  • Katiegirl:

    I’m ready for football! Who Dey Bengals. These tips were average, though.

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    Gina:

    770 calories is not something that should be a “yay.” Way too many calories.

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  • Lynette:

    I love wings an mozarella sticks. That’s the best part of the game for me.

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  • Christine:

    I stick to the plan where one week I eat the not healthy stuff and the next two weeks I eat only the healthy stuff at football parties. I have found a few recipes that have ‘healthified’ bad for you recipes to make then less damaging. I am going to try them this football season and see if perhaps every week can be a splurge week because it’s healthy!

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  • Sandra Williams:

    New Ideas for football season! Can’t wait to try it.

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    christina<3:

    love sunday football

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    Lisa Burns:

    Love This!! Thank you.

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