Fall means football (in my case, fantasy football!) and sweater weather. Perfect temperatures for getting outside and exercising. Fall is a great time for walking, hiking, cycling, running, or playing team sports such as basketball or soccer with friends or in a recreation league.
For many, tailgating and gatherings go hand-in-hand with football. And it doesn’t mean that your diet or your waistline has to suffer. Here are some ideas that will keep those numbers going up on the football field and not your bathroom scale:
- Easy-to-make non-fat tortilla chips with fresh salsa and guacamole. Quarter a dozen corn tortillas, spread out on a cookie sheet, spray lightly with water, salt to taste, and bake at 350 °F for 15-20 minutes until crisp. Dip these into fresh salsa or guacamole.
- Zero-fat hummus dip with raw veggies or whole-grain crackers. Look for great-tasting brands such as Oasis, or make your own. It’s easy to make in a blender.
- Kabobs. Skewer fresh veggies and fruit such as onions, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, and pineapple chunks, throw them on the grill, and serve them with brown rice. You can also marinate the kabobs before grilling.
- Wraps. Use whole-grain tortillas, or even better, hearty collard green leaves. Spread with hummus and/or guacamole, load it up with spinach and sliced veggies such as tomatoes, cucumber, sweet bell peppers, and broccoli, roll it up and eat it.
- Grilled portabella mushroom burgers. Marinate large mushroom caps in balsamic vinegar with a very little bit of olive oil, then throw these on the grill. Serve on a whole-grain bun with guacamole, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions.
- Hearty vegetarian chili. Make a crock pot of chili and load it up with beans and chopped veggies. Enjoy with whole-grain crackers.
If you fill yourself up with these low-fat and low-calorie foods, you will be satisfied without filling yourself out!