The calendar is going to flip to December next weekend...which means that it's time for holiday celebrations. That can mean lots of excess calories along the way. Lucky for you, I'm here to help you save a few calories for any football-watching parties you have coming up! The NFL season is heating up, and college bowl games are on the horizon too. In my circle, football and food go hand in hand. Unfortunately, football-watching food can be hard on the waistline...but it doesn't have to! I teamed up with Subway this month to feature their sandwiches in a lighter menu that doesn't skimp on flavor. I saved time and stress on my end by building the menu around Subway's convenient catering menu. I simply called in my order on Saturday afternoon, then swung by just before kickoff to pick up a sandwich platter full of healthy and delicious Subway sandwiches.
One of the things that I really liked about using Subway's catering menu was the ability to customize the platter for my guests. With up to five choices for sandwiches, I was able to ask guests ahead of time for their preferences for meats, veggies, bread and cheese. This allowed me to provide a veg-friendly option for those who don't eat meat. Subway took care of the rest, cutting the sandwiches into thirds for easy eating. All I had to do was supply the rest of the simple and healthy menu. For those who wanted chips with the sandwiches, I opted for healthier options there too. Look how fresh and gorgeous these sandwiches are!
The rest of the menu was lower in fat and calories than the typical football-watching party. It featured simple sides and appetizers, and a lighter sweet ending. Since I don't want to miss any important plays in the kitchen, I keep my gameday menus simple and low-fuss. I've learned that you don't have to end up a frazzled hot mess to provide a great spread!
The rest of my Healthy Football Food Menu includes the following items:
- Baked tortilla chips and chunky salsa
- Light ranch dip with baby carrots, cukes and celery sticks
- A lightened-up version of my popular Posh Pigs In a Blanket by subbing in reduced-fat sausage, cheese and crescent rolls. No one could tell I had lightened the ingredients, because they still tasted great!