A Late Night Game Calls For Different Snacks To Avoid Post-Game Heartburn


A game that starts at 10 p.m. presents some unique challenges, snack-wise.

Typical game day and tailgate foods, if eaten this late, could send you to bed with a sour expression, even if your team wins!

A nutrition expert says the key to eating late is eating light.

Ordinarily, game day foods would conjure up thoughts of wings, chips and dips, maybe ribs.

But a game that starts late at night requires a whole different approach.

Polly Loy, family consumer science educator with the OSU Extension Office in Belmont County, says you don’t want to go to bed with heartburn or indigestion.

She suggests avoiding foods high in fats or acids, in fact, avoiding a lot of things we would normally snack on while watching a game.

“Tomato-based foods can be a problem, like pastas and things,” says Loy. “Watch out for salsas if you’re dipping your chips. Citrus foods create an acid environment. And there are a few others you might not think of–chocolate, coffee and tea can create acid on their own. And you want to watch out for caffeine as well.”

She advises avoiding fizzy drinks like soda pop and beer, and going for a flavored water instead.

She suggests a fruit tray or a veggie plate with a dip like hummus or guacamole, and maybe some whole wheat crackers rather than chips.

And she says to take only a small portion to the TV with you, so if you want more, you have to get up and go to the kitchen to get it.

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