Get the Skinny: Game-Day favorites Under 300 Calories!

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Football season is kicking into high gear, which means tailgating and football parties at home, where the emphasis on food and drink comes second only to the game itself.  But eating healthy doesn’t have to mean raw veggie platters – so for those who want to join in all the game-day celebrations but don’t want to wreck your diet, we’ve got 4 easy options that are delicious & nutritious, and all under 300 calories!


Chicken Sausage – GF, Low Sat Fat, Low Carb

  • Al Fresco and The Original Brat Hans are two brands made without added nitrates/nitrites
  • Available in a variety of flavors
  • Pre-cooked, just heat on grill

Homemade Burgers & Sliders – DF and Low Sat Fat; can be made Low Sodium/Low Carb)

  • Made with extra-lean 96% ground lean beef or bison, ground turkey breast, ground chicken breast, ground salmon
  • On whole grain sandwich thin, light wheat bun, whole grain slider bun, or no bun at all
  • Toppings like light canola mayo, mustard, pickles, avocado, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions
  • Try lower-sodium seasonings like Magic Seasoning Blends, or Magic Seasoning No Salt/No Sugar blends

Fried chicken breast or drumstick, skin and breading removed – Low Sat Fat, Low Carb

  • Removing the skin and batter leaves you with chicken that’s nearly as lean as grilled skinless chicken
  • Drumstick, skin & breading removed:  65 calories, 1 gram sat fat, 0 grams carbs, 161 mg sodium)
    • Compare to 174 calories, 4 grams sat fat, 4 grams carbs, 346 mg sodium)
  • Breast, skin & breading removed: 217 calories, 2 grams saturated fat, 0 carbs, 524 mg sodium)
    • Compare to 507 calories, 10 grams sat fat, 15 grams carbs, 931 mg sodium)

Beanitos Bean Chips with guacamole (see recipe) – DF, GF, V, Low Sat Fat

  • Can also serve with GF Mary’s Gone Crackers or just veggies
  • Make homemade guacamole, or dress-up store-bought version with added spices, avocado, and tomato


Brad’s Spicy Guacamole

Makes 8 servings

4 tablespoons white onion, diced

1 Serrano pepper, diced

Juice of 3 limes

1 toe fresh garlic, minced

½ teaspoon sea salt

4 large avocados

2 ripe tomato, diced

3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped

Dash of Cumin

Dash of Ground Black Pepper

In a food processor, blend onion, Serrano pepper, lime juice, garlic and salt, until it forms a coarse paste. Cut avocados in half, remove the pits, and scoop the flesh into the onion mixture. Add tomato, cilantro, cumin and black pepper and mix and mash, leaving some lumps. Top with cilantro leaves and serve immediately.

 Per serving: 110 calories, 10 grams fat, 1.5 gram saturated fat, 100 mg sodium, 7 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams fiber, 1 gram sugar, 2 grams protein.