Big Game, Big Taste: Healthy Game Day Snacks

article-2Whether you watch for the football, the halftime show or the advertisements, you’re probably getting ready for the big game – and that usually means a big menu. Instead of opting for the usual game day treats, try one of these tooth-friendly substitutions for a pigskin party that’s delicious and nutritious.

Chicken wings, minus the sweet BBQ sauce.
If the sauce is sweet, it’s likely loaded with brown sugar. Instead, opt for a mustard- or vinegar-based wing sauce. If you prefer spicy wings, try using spicy brown mustard. For an exotic twist, make a sauce with curry spice and yogurt.1

White bean dip.
For a healthier veggie dip, try making your own with a can of cannellini (white kidney) beans, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and rosemary. Beans are full of fiber, which keeps you full longer and deters food cravings. They’re also rich in antioxidants.2 Check online for a quick and easy recipe.

Deviled eggs.
Phosphorous helps build enamel – and eggs happen to be a very good source of the mineral.3 Deviled eggs are always a crowd pleaser. To add an extra tooth-boosting oomph to yours, skip the mayo and mix mustard with Greek yogurt instead. Yogurt is a great way to get the recommended daily amount of calcium.4

Swap a few of your usual appetizers out for some of these, and you’ll be celebrating a healthy mouth long after the touchdowns are scored.

1 http://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/blog/2013/07/12/healthy-chicken-wing-recipes/
2 http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-white-kidney-beans-4420.html
3 http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/3-surprising-ways-to-keep-your-teeth-healthy/
4 http://www.fannetasticfood.com/recipes/healthy-deviled-eggs/


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