NFL Commentators Tout Almonds as Smart Snack

While defensive linemen and offensive tackles typically find themselves on opposite sides of the football, former NFL players and current analysts Mike Golic and Matt Light agree that smart snacking is essential to their game-time gatherings.

The pair has teamed up with California Almonds to encourage fans to choose almonds as a smart snack during the height of the football season. They’re delivering key almond messages in media appearances in January and February, particularly on Radio Row, surrounding the Super Bowl. Golic is cohost of ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning,” and a former NFL defensive lineman. Light is an NFL analyst and former New England Patriots offensive tackle.

“My day starts early and ends late, and snacking on almonds helps keep me going,” says Golic. “The best part is, they’re not only crunchy and satisfying, but I know they’re a better choice for me than the snacks I used to eat.”

Almond Board’s Jenny Heap, RD, agrees. “Not all snacks are created equal,” she says. “Snacks, like almonds, with 6 grams of protein per 1-ounce serving and fiber that are low in sugar, can help keep you energized and curb your hunger so you won’t find yourself making poor choices later in the day.”

Learn how to make Mike and Matt’s favorite flavored almonds, and find a variety of other quick and easy ways to flavor this heart-smart snack.

*Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. One serving of almonds (28g) has 13g of unsaturated fat and only 1g of saturated fat.