Guide to Game-Day Snacks

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  Screen Shot 2013-10-03 at 6.22.49 PMWhile watching the big game, it’s easy to mindlessly snack on greasy, fat-filled food —  especially when your favorite team isn’t playing too well. The more intense game, the more excitement, and the more tempted you are to eat whatever is in front of you. With a few substitutions, you can have healthier game-day snacks without sacrificing flavor.

Instead of stuffed potato skins: Homemade Potato Wedges

Peel 4 sweet potatoes. Cut lengthwise into chunks about ½-inch thick. Place on a nonstick baking sheet. Lightly coat with olive oil. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender.

Instead of Fatty Dips: “Salsamole”

Just mix together 1 cup salsa, 4 smashed avocados, and 2 tbsp each lime juice and chopped cilantro.

Instead of buffalo chicken wings: Cauliflower Buffalo “Wings”


Head Cauliflower

1 Cup 1% Milk

3/4 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

1/2 Cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder

1 Tablespoon Butter

1/2 Cup Blue Cheese Dressing (recipe below)


Preheat oven to 450 Degrees. Trim the head of cauliflower into appetizer sized bites and set aside. In a bowl stir together milk, flour and garlic powder. Dip each piece of cauliflower into the batter and allow the extra batter to drip off. Place on a greased baking sheet. Spray the tops of the florets with cooking oil. Bake for 18 minutes. 

Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat and add the Frank’s hot sauce and stir. Toss cooked cauliflower pieces with the sauce. Put back on cookie sheet and bake for 5 to 7 more minutes in the oven. Remove and serve with a side of Blue Cheese Dressing. 

Blue Cheese Dressing


1/2 Cup Maytag Blue Cheese 

1/2 Cup English Stilton 

1 Cup Low-fat Buttermilk 

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil 

1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice 

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce 

1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

1/4 Teaspoon Salt 

6-8 Grinds of Fresh Pepper 


Let both cheeses come to room temperature. In a medium bowl add the room temperature cheese and smash with a spoon until semi smooth with a few chunks. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir together until combined. Transfer to a container with a tight seal and refrigerate until ready to use. 

Instead of Chili: Super-Bean Vegetarian Chili


cup water

14 1/2ounce canno-salt-added diced tomatoes

cup canned organic, no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained

cup canned black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained

cup chopped onion

 cup no-salt added tomato paste

tablespoon chili powder

teaspoon ground cumin

 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese (optional)


In a medium saucepan combine water, undrained tomatoes, beans, black-eyed peas, onion, tomato paste, chili powder, and cumin. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Ladle chili into bowls. If desired, sprinkle each serving with cheese

By Nora Patwell

Make Game Day Healthier


Sunday during the fall and winter means two things: football and food. Not just any food, but the greasiest, most delicious and bad-for-you food you could ask for. My weapon of choice is chicken wings, but hey, I’ve never been one to turn down Domino’s pizza, some chips and salsa, or really anything else.

But all that game day grub can really add up. Instead of ordering a pound of Wings over Syracuse, try making some simple changes to your Sunday diet and whip up a healthier victory feast. Unless you’re a Jets fan like me, in which case you can remind yourself that at least you’re eating healthy food while you’re crying over your OT loss to the Pats (just kidding, I didn’t cry…that much).

Instead of Buffalo Wings, Try Buffalo Bites


Chicken, shredded
Cream Cheese, softened
Hot Sauce
Corn Flakes, crushed

Confession time…I found this recipe on Pinterest. Mix the shredded chicken with a little bit of softened cream cheese and hot sauce. Then, scoop out the mixture into about an inch-round ball. Dip the chicken into the flour, then egg, then crushed corn flakes. Finally, bake for 20 to 25 minutes. The key here is that the buffalo chicken is baked, not fried.

Instead of Salsa, Try “Salsamole”


1/2 cup Salsa
4 Avocados
2 tbsp Lime Juice
2 tbsp Cilantro, chopped

Mix together the four ingredients…it’s as simple as that. Even better – try it with an unsalted or multigrain chip.

Instead of Taco Bell, Try a Homemade Crunchwrap Supreme


Whole Wheat Tortillas
Ground Turkey
Spinach Leaves
Cherry Tomatos, diced
Reduced Fat Shredded Mexican-Blend Cheese
Sour Cream
Taco Seasoning

Fast food is a game day go-to. But before you think you’re “good to go,” consider a homemade twist on the classic Taco Bell meal. First, cook the ground turkey on the stove and throw in a little taco seasoning. While that is cooking, warm up your whole wheat tortilla in the microwave. When the turkey is done, put it in the center of the whole wheat tortilla. Add the cheese, tomatoes, spinach, and a dollop of sour cream. Now, fold up one end of the tortilla towards the center and continue in a clockwise motion until all of the fillings are covered. Place the nearly completed Crunchwrap onto the stovetop pan, folded-side down. Cook until slightly browned and then flip. Wait as long as you’d like, and you’ve got yourself a homemade Crunchwrap!

By Marisa DeCandido

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The Football Lowdown


FootballThe leaves are turning red, the air is getting colder, and on many Saturdays, Syracuse University’s campus is flooded by people decked out in orange and blue. That’s right, it’s football season and SU fan’s are out to support the Orange. But before you run off to the Carrier Dome on game day, why not learn a little bit about the history of the game?

The sport of football evolved from rugby in the 19th century in elite American universities such as Yale and Harvard.  Walter Camp, known as the father of American football, coached the Yale team and created many of the key rules today: 11 player team, the line of scrimmage, the seven man line with a quarterback, two halfbacks, and a fullback, and the three chances to gain 5 yards, which would later be changed to 4 downs for 10 yards.

Early football was dangerous and had a reputation for being a high injury and high mortality sport. However, American football continued to grow in popularity. Eventually more regulations were made to make the sport safer and the forward pass and 6-point touchdown were put in place, which separated the sport even more from rugby.  In 1920, the American Professional Football Association was created (later changed to the NFL) and we all know what happens from there.

Football is America’s favorite sport, beating out baseball for the ninth consecutive year as America’s favorite sport, a Harris Interactive poll of 2,331adults concluded. “Three in ten Americans who follow at least one sport (31%) say professional football is their favorite sport while 17% say baseball,” according to the poll.

Syracuse has many opportunities to get out and play some football.  If you’re looking to throw a football around with some friends head over to Walnut Park, the quad, or the field in front of Lawrinson Hall. When you want to get a little more organized, try the football field in Thorden Park that’s equipped with goal posts. There is also open space at Skytop, the Women’s Building, and Hookway that are great for an intramural game of flag or touch football. A reservation must be made through SU’s Recreation Services to use these fields. Or take the easy way our and just go outside and throw the ball in the street! Football is one of those great sports where all you need is a ball and some people so get out there and get playing!

By Audrey Hart

Super Bowl, Super Foods, Super Healthy


by Claire McFarland, blogger

Most of us know the traditions of Super Bowl Sunday: chips, dip and the occasional keg tap. Has your Super Bowl Sunday menu have you you feeling sluggish and guilt-ridden, rather than energized for the week? Let’s go through a ‘game plan’ so the next time you’re watching the big SU game or the Super Bowl, you know how to handle these scenarios and apply these simple substitutions to ward off feeling too hungry, too full or too slow the next day.

Situation #1: You’re at home watching the game. You’re a little hungry, but it’s not quite mealtime. You need something to take the edge off. A salty, crunchy, bite-sized snack is in order. The first thing that comes to mind is grabbing a few handfuls from the bowls of chips laid out on the coffee table.

Game Plan: Instead of the heavier, often fried potato chips and dip, opt for some popcorn! Air-popped (not microwave) popcorn is a whole grain, so there is your fiber. Let’s face it: No one wants to eat popcorn without that yummy butter flavor. Before you melt it down, consider using a butter alternative or experiment with topping your popcorn with black pepper, paprika or another spice instead of salt. This is the perfect healthy snack that will satisfy your crunch craving before dinner is served.

Situation #2: Half time approaches and the rest of your friends arrive with casserole dishes and pre-made SU cookies. Everywhere you turn there are carbs: between the creamy broccoli bake with onion strings and the cheesy penne, it can be difficult territory to navigate.

Game Plan: Everything is great in moderation! According to the Mayo Clinic online, everyone needs a certain amount of protein, carbohydrates and fat to have a healthy balanced diet. Try picking up a smaller snack plate and spooning a lesser portion of each dish. For dessert, check out the serving size and try to stick with that. This way, you get a little bit of everything without feeling stuffed or deprived!

Situation #3: Game’s Over. If you’ve hosted a Super Bowl party or a SU watching party, you may have leftovers that could fill your cabinets for weeks. Although most of them will stay fresh in the fridge or tied with a twisty, consider clearing out the clutter and feeling better as a result!

Game Plan: Make sure your guests go home happy. Try to send everyone home with at least the dish they brought, if not more. The chips and snacks can be divided into little bags for party favors that guests can bring home. If all else fails and everyone refuses due to a sugar-induced coma, try bringing the leftover bags of chips to a local food drive for those in need. For your good deed, make sure to keep one or two of those basketball cookies!