The lock out is over and now it’s time to cheer the Packers on to another Super Bowl Championship! To many people, football season is synonymous with hours on the couch, high calorie beverages, brats, cheese and unhealthy weight gain for both kids and adults. The only people that are healthy during football season are perhaps the players themselves. It’s time to change that! We can still enjoy the Packers and the usual not-so-healthy party favorites while incorporating some fun activities and healthy foods for a good balance.

As a clinical dietitian specialist, I encourage you to incorporate fruits and vegetables into the day. For example, try Chef Wayne’s Grilled Fruit Skewers with Spicy Maple Glaze. Another one of my favorites is a high protein dish called Texas Caviar with Baked Tortilla Chips.

Instead of spending 3-4 hours on the couch, try to incorporate some activities and add some friendly competition into the game. We like to play touch football before the game and at half time. The “winners” get to make the “losers” do things during commercials such as push-ups, jumping jacks or getting beverages. Be creative! If Wisconsin weather does not allow for football outdoors than come up with your own game that can be played indoors. Kids love fun games and competition. It could be as simple as doing the crab walk across the living room floor or playing Simon Says.

Just remember, you can enjoy the Packers, have fun and be healthy all at the same time!

Do you have a favorite green and gold recipe you’d like to share? If so, please post a comment below.

~ Kari De Fouw, MS, RD, CNSD, clinical dietitian specialist, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

~ Wayne Roe, executive Chef, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

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