Fall is the time of year when the days cool down, the kids return to school, and the leaves change to brilliant shades of orange and red. The arrival of fall also brings football games and tailgate parties. There are a lot of yummy game-day foods such as pizza, chips, and sodas. But most of these are high in fat, sugar, or empty carbs.

“It’s important to eat healthy for many reasons,” says NP Ardith O’Rourke, from the Health Center at Elk Creek. “Good nutrition will help you keep your energy up throughout the day. And in the long run, you will have a much lower chance of developing serious medical conditions.”

That doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to all the foods you like. There are some easy ways you can eat healthy this fall without missing out on your fall favorites.

 

Game Day: Indulge Just a Little

On game day, instead of pigging out on a lot of unhealthy foods, treat yourself to just one of your favorite snacks. Then substitute the rest with healthier alternatives, such as:

  • Veggie tray with dip
  • Baked wings
  • Fruit slices with yogurt, peanut butter, or almond butter for dipping
  • Meatballs
  • Pea pods, or sliced cucumbers or carrots, to dip in guacamole or hummus
  • Lightly salted or no-salt almonds
  • Baked sweet potato fries
Get off the Bench!

Instead of sitting around at halftime, head outside and toss the pigskin around. Anything to get moving and burn some calories.

Try out this Easy & Yummy Turkey Chili recipe. It tastes so good you’d never guess you’re eating healthy!