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Staying Heart Healthy During Football Season

November 23, 2012

When the football season is underway, many Americans go to tailgate parties and bashes to watch their favorite teams play. However, the foods and beverages that are usually served in these parties may not be good for your health. It is important that you pay attention to what you eat, or you may find yourself gaining weight and experiencing heart problems.

Here are some things that you can do to keep your football-watching parties heart healthy, without compromising the fun:

The Meats

football season heart health tipsMeats are a big part of any tailgate party, but you have to choose the right ones to place on the grill. If you want to make beef burgers, buy those that are lean or extra-lean, and try to limit the size of patties to that of a deck of cards. Alternatively, you can have turkey or salmon burgers, which are delicious and rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Instead of the traditional fried wings, try grilled chicken breast strips.

When you are seasoning your meats, avoid adding too much salt. Spice things up with extra pepper and chopped onions. It is also recommended that you use 100% whole wheat buns for your burgers, or make a lettuce wrap.

The Sides

Instead of eating chips and fries while watching a football game, try nibbling on vegetables. You can make them more flavorful by dipping them in salsa or bean-based dips. Avoid using dips that are high in calories.

The Drinks

Full-calorie sodas and beer are the most common beverages consumed in football-watching parties. If you want to drink these beverages, it is best that you choose no-calorie or low-calorie versions. Also, try not to drink too much alcohol because it can impair your judgment and cause you to overeat.

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