Think about tailgate food and the mind spirals toward foods that are not always so good for youâ€”things like chips and cheesy dips, nachos, burgers and brats. We tend to eat like the beefy offensive linemen and linebackers we’ve come to watch play. Trouble is, we’re not getting the kind of physical activity those players are.
Stepping in to help is Coachâ€”or rather, Chefâ€”Phil Andriano. Chef Phil is Corporate Chef for Chef’s Diet, a leading meal delivery service provider. Chef’s Diet has a roster of celebrity clients that has included stars such as Kevin Costner and Liza Minnelli. His organization has also scored with the National Football League, having provided meals for several New York Jets players.
Chef Phil would like to remind you that tailgate food doesn’t have to be fattening and unhealthy. He likes to use the analogy of a football team that needs a balance of running and passing to put points on the scoreboard. A smart game day snacking plan should also call for balance, according to the Chef.
p(left caption). Chef Phil Andriano
â€˜Our program is a very natural way of eating,â€™ he says. â€˜It calls for a balanced diet of 40% carbs, 30% protein, and 30% Ã¢â‚¬Ëœgood’ fats.â€™
An example of Chef Phil’s 40-30-30 program is his recipe for Maple Marinated Pork Loin Skewers with Veggies and Pineapple. It’s loaded with tasty things: pineapple, zucchini, red onion, cherry tomatoes and sweet corn on the cob. It makes an excellent, colorful tailgating choice…and it’ll keep you at your playing weight.
Next game, instead of going for the high-calorie, high-fat foods, consider calling an audible: 40-30-30, Hut, hut, hut!
This information is provided as a feature for those interested in lower calorie options, and does not constitute an endorsement of any diet plan by The Food Channel.