BLOG: As a New York sports fan, I am frustrated to see the Giants miss out on the Super Bowl. But, I am still excited for a great night of football, friends and of course…the food! Football fare is not traditionally known for its nutrition; yet you might be surprised to find that with just a few minor adjustments, your favorite football foods can be made both healthy and delicious!
Many traditional game day recipes, like buffalo wings and cheese quesadillas, are an excellent source of protein, iron and vitamin B12. Incorporating protein is important to prevent overeating. Protein slows down digestion and allows the stomach to stay full through the fourth quarter. However, these same snacks are often crowded with fat and cholesterol. This makes rationalizing the nutritional value very difficult. So, the key to making healthy football foods is in using lean protein sources.
With this in mind, I set out to my local Stewart’s Shop for ingredients to create a healthy and fresh Super Bowl snack. I was pleased to find that Stewart’s offered low-fat versions of my favorite protein sources. I found low-fat yogurt to use as a substitute in dips that call for mayonnaise or other high fat ingredients. I also found Stewart’s brand cheese offered in low-fat or part-skim varieties. Low-fat dairy products offer more protein per serving than their full-fat partners, making them a great substitute without compromising flavor.
The shelves were stocked with healthy ingredients that I incorporated into the Heart-Healthy Chili Dogs recipe, featured below. Kidney beans and whole wheat bread from the grocery aisle added protein and fiber to the recipe, while the tomatoes provided potassium for optimal heart health.
All of the ingredients cost less than $10 and I was home from the store in less than 10 minutes! I saved time and money by shopping at my local store; and because Stewart’s brand products are distributed locally, they are guaranteed fresh and filled with nutrition. So whether you are a Broncos fan, a Seahawks fan, or a frustrated Giants fan like myself, shopping at Stewart’s for your Super Bowl snacks is a win-win situation!
Heart-Healthy Chili Cheese Dogs
1 tsp olive oil 1 can diced tomatoes, drained 1 can red kidney beans 1 small onion, diced ¼ cup ketchup 1 tsp chili powder Stewart’s Low Fat Cheese (any variety) Stewart’s Hot Dog Buns (or use whole wheat bread for extra fiber) Optional Toppings: Mustard, Sour Cream, Pickle Relish
Directions: 1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium- high heat. 2. Drain tomatoes. Add tomatoes, kidney beans, and onions. Simmer for about 5 minutes, or until all remaining juices are reduced. 3. Stir in ketchup and chili powder and cook 5 more minutes. 4. Remove from heat. Scoop ½ cup of the kidney bean mixture into hot dog buns or folded whole wheat bread. 5. Top with cheese and other additional toppings. 6. Serve warm and with football!
-Christine Sloat, RD, RDN
About Christine: Christine Sloat is a Registered Dietitian and life-long resident of upstate New York. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, with clinical training at Albany Medical Center. She has a nutrition consulting business, Nutritious Notions LLC.