As the weather cools and tailgating beings, it’s tempting to dish up our favorite snacks and goodies without worrying about the calorie aftermath, but opting for the fall harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables can help kick- off an exciting and healthy football season ahead.
Come and visit our food and nutrition staff at our Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market tent as they discuss ways you can incorporate healthier choices into a busy fall schedule.
Healthy Substitutes: A Real Game Changer
Making healthy decisions does not mean you have to sacrifice taste and flavor. Simple substitutions in our diets can make a big difference in our health. Replace traditional tailgate foods that are high in fat and sugar with these game day alternatives:
- Applesauce – Cake and muffin recipes that call for oil, melted butter or eggs can easily be substituted with applesauce. This substitution reduces the high levels of fat and sugar found in most baked goods.
- Hummus – Try swapping chip dip for hummus to reduce your fat and calorie intake.
- Fresh Veggies – Dipping fresh vegetables in place of chips and crackers gives you a crunch that's packed with nutrients.
- Greek Yogurt – Though tasty, adding sour cream can cost you up to 100 extra calories. Greek yogurt provides a similar taste but without the guilt.
- Rolled Oats – Instead of deep-frying chicken in salty, carbohydrate-filled bread crumbs, use rolled oats to bread chicken and bake it in the oven.
- Avocado - Prepare whole wheat sandwiches or homemade tuna salad, but replace mayonnaise with avocado for an even healthier twist.
Finish Strong With UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
As you prepare the menu for your next tailgate, don’t forget to grab fresh, locally grown ingredients at The Market. Stop by the UnityPoint Health – Des Moines tent located at 3rd and Court to warm up with a sample of pumpkin spiced hot apple cider. We’ll also be handing out free koozies (in your favorite team colors!) and healthy tips to make this tailgating season one for the books!