Ask the Dietitian: “What are Gut-Healthy Foods I Can Eat During The Big Game?"

Written by Pendulum Therapeutics Admin — January 30, 2020

Ask the Dietitian: “What are Gut-Healthy Foods I Can Eat During The Big Game?

Ask the Dietitian: “What are healthy game day foods I’ll actually want to eat?”


Welcome to our series, Ask the Dietitian, where Pendulum Dietitian Kristin Neusel answers all of your burning nutrition- and diet-related questions.
Kristin is here to inform and empower you in all the food choices you make for yourself.
Interested in submitting a question to Kristin? Email it to her at and she’ll try to answer it in an upcoming post!


Watching The Big Game is a lot of fun, but with it also comes with challenging meal decisions.

It’s hard to manage Type 2 diabetes on a regular day, but even more difficult during an event that usually involves a lot of tempting—but unhealthy—foods.

On average, people consume 2,400 calories during football games —more than a day’s worth for some people!

We’ve got tips to make game day fun and delicious—without taking your diet off the rails.

BTW: If you have any questions about the gut microbiome diet, Pendulum has registered dietitians who can help you
Heading to a viewing party?

Planning ahead is key!

Bring a side you know is a healthy choice. Once you arrive, stick to veggie and fruit platters rather than loaded nachos and deep-fried chicken wings (It’s hard, we get it!).

If you’re hosting, instead of pizza delivery try a cauliflower-crust pizza topped with some ground flaxseed for added fiber (and Omega-3’s!), tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and top with your favorite veggies instead of meat.

Going to the game?

Many stadiums now offer healthier menu items.

Plan ahead and check out the stadium team’s website prior to the game.Simply type “nutrition” in the search bar, and you can explore what’s available.

No nutrition information available? Look up menu items on the Calorie King website or app before you indulge.

If you’re unsure about what’s available, many stadiums will allow you to bring soft-sided coolers into the stadium (check the guidelines beforehand as each stadium has different rules). This way, you’re in control of what you eat.

Bring a turkey sandwich on whole-grain bread with some veggie sticks and a low-fat cheese stick. Or, prep some apple slices with peanut butter.

All of these foods will fill you up with healthy protein, making those empty food court calorie items less appealing.

These tips will help you enjoy yourself without missing out.
  • BYOM: bring your own meat! Bring a veggie burger, chicken breast, or lean turkey burger with a whole-grain bun. Bring some nuts for a side, and toss in some fresh fruit like raspberries, which are high in fiber. 
  • Get grilling: grilling is a healthy way to prepare food because it allows fat to drip off. Plus, you can be in control of what you grill and how you grill it! Add your favorite seasonings and some low-sugar BBQ sauce with a whole-grain bun to top it off.

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