Healthy(ish) Snacks for the Big Game

Calling all football fans! We’re helping you gear up for game day with some more blood sugar-friendly takes on traditional tailgating fare.

Don’t worry, I know that people like to indulge a bit for the big game…I mean, let’s be real, even for those of us who don’t care a whole lot about football (ahem), we get into the Sunday spirit if for no other reason than the FOOD (okay, and the commercials). So I can appreciate that you’re not looking for an evening of snacking on carrot sticks.

But I think everyone can get behind a delicious, protein-rich bowl of chili. Or these gorgeous Seven Layer Dip Cups that look too pretty to eat, and that you dip into with…wait for it…bacon chips instead of tortilla chips. If that doesn’t convince you, how would you feel about a big platter of nachos with all of your favorite toppings, except instead of tortilla chips, you use roasted cauliflower as the base?

I had you back at bacon chips, right? With these three recipes you’ll be ready for kickoff, and your guests — with type 1 diabetes or not — are sure to love them as well!

 

Super Simple Chili

Super Simple Chili

This recipe has been passed down in my family for years, and it’s SO simple but oh-so-good. The original recipe called for brown sugar. However, after my son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I tried to cut back on added sugar in some of our staple recipes. (Not because he can’t have sugar, of course, but cutting back can make blood sugar management a little easier for us.) So one time I decided to completely leave the brown sugar out, and I didn’t miss it at all. I’ve been making it without ever since.

 

Seven-Layer Dip Cups With Bacon Chips

Seven-Layer Dip Cups With Bacon Chips

In our house, bacon is our friend. For one, it’s low-carb (in small quantities, even zero-carb). But beyond that, it’s got protein, which can help regulate blood sugar and sustain energy levels. Bacon has long been considered to be full of harmful fat, but in reality, a few strips often have a lot less fat than most other cuts of meat. In moderation, it’s certainly a part of our healthy diet!

 

Cauliflower Nachos

Cauliflower Nachos

A big pile of nachos feels like a guilty pleasure, but the typical ingredients are actually not too unhealthy. Except for the foundation of it all—those fairly nutritionally devoid (not to mention carb-heavy) tortilla chips. Between them and the cauliflower chips in this recipe, it’s no contest. Cauliflower is high in minerals, vitamins, and fiber, and it’s relatively easy on the blood sugar. It’s also super flavorful! You truly will not miss the tortillas once you try this recipe.

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.