With football season in full force, you might be starting to feel its full force on your waistline.  Game day foods usually are the ones you want to ‘forget’ to add to MyFitnessPal, or ‘forget’ to mention to your trainer in your weekly workout sesh. Sadly, that doesn’t mean our bodies ‘forget’ to digest them and conveniently ‘forget’ to store on our hips, thighs, tummies or insert problem area here.


While there is a time and a place for indulgences, it’s important to have a few healthy options come game day so you don’t go overboard.


So, we pulled together our latest installment of Grub on this…Give up on that… so you can cheer on your favorite team with family and friends without the guilt. While you’re at it, give In-Shape’s Football Fitness challenge a try with your buddies while you watch the game, and football season might not mean the start of your winter bod ;-)


Veggies and hummus or guacamole:

Get the crunch of chips without the calories. Chop up carrots, celery, radishes, and bell peppers and serve with creamy guacamole or hummus. Pound a few servings of this dish and you’re stocking up on healthy fats, fiber, protein and a whole slew of vitamins and minerals. Or, try baking thinly sliced vegetables to a crispy chip texture! That’s what we call a nutrition touch down. Go ahead, give us your best dance.

Chip recipe here.

Chips and dip:

Can’t picture a game day without chips and dip? It’s a tough one, but picturing the hours on the treadmill you’ll have to spend to burn off all the calories, fat and sodium that come with your average potato chips and creamy, cheesy or oniony dip is even tougher.

Skinny buffalo chicken dip:

While there is a time to indulge in the full fat version, if you live for football or host every weekend, lighten it up with reduced fat cream cheese, Greek yogurt and part-skim Mozzarella cheese. As Gimme Some Oven says, “It may be lighter on calories, but it’s BIG on flavor!”

Creamy full fat buffalo chicken dip:

Messy, spicy and totally delicious, buffalo chicken dip is a party pleaser, but a big tease for a clean eater. With an average of 150 calories in a ¼ cup serving, it adds up quick. If you don’t have the will power to stop at three or four visits to the dip bowl, then opt for the skinny version.

Bell pepper nachos:

Let’s be honest, nachos are about the toppings and the chips are simply a vehicle for delivery…right? So, replace your chips with heart healthy red, green, yellow and orange bell peppers. Slice them, top them with black beans, cooked chicken, and a sprinkling of cheese and pop in the oven until cooked. Add tomatoes, green onions and a small dollop of sour cream. Enjoy and remember to share!

Fully loaded nachos:

Loaded with beans, sour cream, meat, salsa, guacamole and lots of cheese nachos are a delicious game day staple. They’re also impossible to resist and calories can quickly add up with serving sizes as small as 7 chips in some brands of tortilla chips. That’s a lot of calories in just the chip, then add the toppings and you’re tipping the scale before your brain can even register it.

Skinny spinach and artichoke dip:

Made with fat free Greek yogurt and light mayo, this delicious dip will convince even your toughest critic. It’s hot and cheesy just like the original version without the calories. Intercept those chips and serve with celery sticks for an even lighter and nutrient packed delivery. Full recipe here.


Spinach and artichoke dip:

Synonymous with parties during the holiday season, this delicious creamy, cheesy dip may sound healthy with an all-star lineup of spinach and artichoke hearts, but don’t be fooled. Depending on your recipe, it could be filled with mayonnaise, three different types of cheese and sour cream. If you’re a Sunday football fanatic stick to the skinny version or you might just lose your tight end.