Roundup: Healthy Game Day Recipes

Football season is already half-way through. Which means there are still nine more weeks of gridiron showdowns to look forward to. Unfortunately though, it also means that the damage your game day snacking has done to your waistline is only halfway complete.

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Skip the subs piled high with cold cuts in favor of healthier versions of your game day favorites.

But it’s not too late to bolster your defensive line against the charging opposition of high-fat and high-calorie dishes. Try subbing-in these healthy game day recipes:

Homemade Low-Calorie Potato Chips


  • 1 large potato, scrubbed clean and sliced wafer thin
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • salt or seasoning


  1. Pour oil in a plastic baggie, along with whatever seasoning or spice preferred.
  2. Put potato slices in bag.
  3. Blow up the bag and quickly seal it shut.
  4. Shake vigorously until all the slices are coated.
  5. Arrange slices in a circle on a microwave-proof plate.
  6. Microwave on high for 4 minutes.
  7. Turn chips over and rearrange them so they cook evenly.
  8. Microwave again for 2 minutes, then turn.
  9. Watching carefully, microwave again for about 2 minutes or until they start to brown (they must brown a little in order to be crispy).
  10. Remove and let cool. The chips crisp when cooling.

Chile Con Queso Dip


  • 1  tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2  cup minced onion
  • 1  large Anaheim (New Mexico) chile, chopped
  • 1  small chopped tomato
  • 1/2  cup chicken broth
  • 1  16-ounce package shredded Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese


  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, chile and tomato and cook until softened, 5 minutes.
  3. Add broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low.
  4. Stir in cheese and cook until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth, 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately. Makes 1-3/4 cups.

If too many game day binges have taken their toll on your cholesterol, visit the Vitals High Cholesterol Patient Education Guide for information on what to expect and ways to lower your number.

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