Nutritional Wisdom with Carly Pollack

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Sport Season Snack Options {Tons of Recipes Inside}

I’m not into sports. At all. But I am in to supporting you during this time of year when what I generally refer to as “The Games” are on TV all the time. Just this weekend I “watched” a whole football game and had no idea what teams were playing, no joke. I did however enjoy the slow-motion jiggly butts and the fun snacks...

Which brings me to a question I get all the time: “What can I eat while watching the game? There’s no healthy option for game day food!”


This is a myth! I’ve got you, and I’ll even give you options depending on where you’re watching The Games. I’ve literally done all of these things (so it can be done) because even though I don’t care about the sports, my friends are still sweet enough to keep sending me invites.  

Keep reading to find out how to win while eating at a tailgate, friend’s house, stadium, or worse… a shitty bar.

So you’re at a tailgate…

  • Grilled food is perfect and totally likely to be there! Stick to the protein and veggies. I’m even the girl that takes 90% of the lettuce and tomatoes that’s suppose to be a topping to make a “salad” with ketchup and mustard as the dressing. No bun needed.
  • Another thing I’ve taken to a tailgate (yes, in the parking lot outside of the stadium) is bringing my own meat to grill (Applegate Farms Organics has sausages, etc that are easy to pack and bring) and a simple bagged salad. If you think this seems like too much work, it’s literally the same as bringing a bag of chips. With this option, you can have a handful of chips and still win.

So you’re at a shitty bar…

  • Depending on how shitty, you might be surprised that there are more options than meet the eye. Ask if they have gluten-free options (you can totally fake an allergy) and go from there…
  • Naked or grilled wings (there’s so much sugar in the sauces) with a side salad is easy and usually available.
  • Make the “burger salad” I outlined above - I’m guessing you’ll have to special order it, but pick the greenest salad, order no cheese, add a burger patty, dressing on the side!
  • Chili (no cheese) can be an easy fall back as well.

So you’re invited to a friend’s house for a potluck...

So you’re hosting a watch party…

So you scored some tickets and are at the stadium…

  • See above if you can get there early and make some of your own food at a tailgate. Otherwise, you’re going to eat something healthy beforehand, pack some snacks in your bag, and remember that you can make it through a few hours without eating a full out meal. You do it every day between meals, and there’s no rule that says you have to snack while watching sports (or shows, or movies, etc)!
  • Snacks I like to sneak into places (stadiums or otherwise): jerkey, nuts (spice them up here), Oatmega or KIND bars (under 5g of sugar), Justin’s almond butter packets, spicy roasted chickpeas, and raw veggies (yes, I’ve actually done this too). Best case scenario is always to eat before, drink a seltzer or chew gum until after the event and then go eat somewhere with healthier options.

 

Depending on how many sports you’re watching this time of year, it can span a lot of meals. It also is a huge time commitment (no judgement). You might think of other things you can get done to set yourself up for the week - like crockpot a meal for the week while the game is on for the 95 hours I feel like it lasts! Or just double the recipes above and save half for yourself during the week…

 

Was this helpful? Did I skip one of your hacks? Do you want to talk smack about some random team I’ve probably never heard of? Comment below - I want to hear from you.

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My Weekly Meal Prep

Ground Beef marinara over zucchini noodles - sometimes I mix in gf pasta with the zucchini noodles if I'm in the mood for real pasta, but this week I kept it green. Top with fresh basil. Cheap tomato sauce is made with moldy tomatoes so make sure to buy the best kind (I used Rao's this week).

Chicken and Bacon Cobb Salad - I'm sorry I've been using this one a lot. It's just so simple and a great way to get in raw veggies while everything tastes like bacon. I cut up radishes, avocado, onions, tomatoes and butter lettuce.

Turkey Chili topped with Crushed Plantain Chips - you can put this over a small baked potato as well.

Tempeh Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce - Rice paper, fresh cucumber, carrot, scallion, radish and jalapeno, sliced tempeh. I'm going to cheat on this one and stop at Elizabeth Street Cafe for their peanut sauce, but if you don't live in Austin, try this recipe.


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