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Low-Calorie Nachos and 7 Other Healthy Changes to Your Gameday Grub

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At the end of every football Sunday, we usually feel like we’ve taken an Aaron Rodgers pass to the midsection with no padding on. It usually has little to do with the amount of money we lost that day and more about the food we shove down our throats during eight hours of football viewing.

Men’s Fitness has some very tasty and healthy alternatives for gameday goodies that taste just as good as the normal fare but don’t pack as many calories and cholesterol as your usual deep fried Hot Pocket dipped in liquid cheese.

The article offers 8 healthier versions of the typical game day favorites that even the worst microwave chef can whip up before kickoff. For instance, the article suggests preparing chili with half the beef and twice the beans or just making it with 100% ground turkey breast instead. MF even has a healthy alternative to potato chips that calls for sauteing chickpeas and adding olive oil, cumin and salt.

Our favorite football food, as our massive gut proves, is loaded nachos. Here is Men’s Fitness modification to make them a little healthier.

“Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Spread a layer of baked chips over the sheet, then add 1 cup cooked shredded white meat chicken, ½ cup canned, drained black beans, 1/4 cup chopped onion, crushed red pepper flakes, and ½ cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 375˚F or until the cheese is melted. Top with salsa.”

These might sound like high-class snacks that require a sportjacket to eat, but MF insists they all taste just as good as the original recipes with half the calories. Plus, we all know you can’t fit in your sportjacket anymore Mr. Hot Pocket.

[Via Men’s Fitness]

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