Kick off football season with healthy, easy-to-make snacks

1_NFL-Green-Bay-Packers_Mr-Potato-Head-0001As you can imagine, football is a pretty big deal in the land of the Packers and the Badgers. So is game-time snacking. The issue a lot of families run into is this — how can you provide some balance at the game-time snack table? Sneak in some tasty, healthy snack alternatives. Oh, and let’s not forget, easy-to-make alternatives.

Let’s consider the potato. On the food preparation side, it’s very versatile — you can prepare it in just about any manner: in the microwave, on the grill, boiled, steamed, stewed, roasted, fried. And there are oodles of Wisconsin potato varieties: red, white, blue, purple, yellow, Russet and fingerling.

From a health standpoint, potatoes are a fabulous snack option:

  • They’re the most affordable source of potassium of any vegetable or fruit. The average potato provides 614 mg of potassium.
  • They provide 45% of your daily vitamin C needs.
  • They offer 37 grams of carbohydrates, providing you with the energy you need to get through game day.
  • Potatoes are rich in fiber.
  • Potatoes are gluten, sodium, fat, and cholesterol free.
  • The average medium potato has just 110 calories.

So here are a few recipes to try out for your next big game day. The recipes are easy-to-make, they’re unique and they utilize a variety of Wisconsin potatoes.



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