Let’s Get Ready for Some Football!

Football season is upon us once again and that means tailgating, concession stands, and football game get-togethers. Most often, these activities come with high calorie high fat foods and beverages that can sabotage healthy diets. But football season doesn’t have to sabotage your efforts to lose or maintain your weight! Check out these snack and entrée ideas for you next tail gate!

  • Instead of regular Ol’ chips n dip bring a tray of pretzels, pita chips or cut up veggies and pair with either hummus, low cal dressings made with Greek yogurt or salsa.
  • Substitute the brats and hotdogs for chicken sausage, chicken or beef kabobs or turkey burgers.
  • Chili is a favorite when it comes to football season.

Some tips to lighten up your chili:

  • Use the leanest cut of beef or substitute for lean ground turkey
  • Use 2% shredded cheese
  • Limit the sour cream

Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili


1 cup of quinoa, rinsed

One (1) 28 oz can of diced tomatoes (you could use crushed)

One (1) 14 oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies (Rotel)

Two (2) 16 oz cans of black beans, rinsed, drained

One (1) 15 oz can of corn, drained

3 Cups chicken stock

2 large chicken breasts, frozen or thawed (cook longer if frozen)

1 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp crushed red pepper

2 tsp chili powder


1.) Toss everything into slow cooker and cook for 6-8 hours on low or 4-7 hours on high.

2.) Remove chicken and shred it with two forks. Return to slow cooker.

3.) Top with cheese (2%), sour cream (fat free or light), avocados