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Football Season Means More to Crunch On

The most powerful voices in sports radio weigh in on their favorite smart snack.


While they do not always agree on the day’s top sports news, co-hosts Mike Greenberg and former NFL player Mike Golic agree that smart snacking is crucial to power through hunger during game day gatherings.

Setting aside their differing opinions, Mike and Mike have joined forces with California Almonds to share hunger-fighting snacking tips so fans can enjoy the game without missing a moment of play. The ESPN radio hosts agree that smart snacking starts with almonds. Some pro tips on how to enjoy almonds include:

• A handful of almonds with an apple or pear
• 100% whole wheat bread with almond butter
• Greek yogurt sprinkled with almonds and fresh fruit
• A handful of almonds coupled with dried fruit or string cheese
• Grab a handful of almonds to power up and stay energized at work, at the gym, on the road and while watching games

Golic and Greenberg are on different ends of the field when it comes to their favorite way to snack on almonds. Golic, the former NFL defensive lineman, grabs a handful of almonds during the day and prefers his almonds on the sweeter side with a little cinnamon when craving a treat.

“At my job, we have really long days and are constantly on the road. Snacking on almonds helps me stay satisfied and energized all day long,” says Golic. “Especially being a retired NFL player who doesn’t get the exercise I used to, it’s crucial I watch what I eat and seek smart snacks like almonds.”

In the other end zone, sports expert and co-host Greenberg likes to start his day with almonds to power through the morning hours. Throughout the day, he snacks on a handful of whole natural almonds to fight hunger and sustain energy.

“I kick-start every day with a handful of almonds in my yogurt because it helps me get through my day,” says Greenberg. “Almonds provide the boost I need to power through the show and stay satisfied until lunchtime.” 


Feeling adventurous? Try these ideas and recipes for your next game-day gathering:

- The flavor of almonds gets more robust with roasting. Place a single layer of whole, natural almonds on a sheet pan and pop it into a preheated 350 F degree oven for about ten minutes, shaking and stirring the almonds about halfway through. Cool completely before crunching.


- Are you a barbecue master but the weather isn’t complying? Take your signature sauce and simmer it with whole natural almonds for ten minutes; transfer almonds to a baking sheet and roast as directed above to seal in the flavors. Or, try our Beer+Bacon ‘All-Mansfor a sure-fire halftime hit.

- Any dry seasoning is fit for almonds: simply whisk up a fluffy egg white wash to coat the almonds before tossing with a seasoning mix, including herbs or parmesan as with this recipe (Parmesan Herb Almonds pictured). Then roast as indicated above for a signature homemade snack.


- Mix cereal, sesame sticks and almonds with seasonings and bake for a savory party mix like this Toasty Nutty Snack Mix.

- For more super-simple snack mix recipes, visit our Game Day Snack page.


Hungry for more?

Visit Mike & Mike at the Fifty Yard Lounge in New York City during the days leading up to the 2014 Super Bowl for heart-smart snacking inspiration. This VIP food, football and spirits event will feature top athletes, chefs and the opportunity to try Golic and Greenberg’s favorite snacks including almonds. Tickets and more information are available at

About Mike Golic

Mike Golic is co-host of ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning Show and also serves as an analyst for ESPN and ESPN2’s NFL studio programming, as well as for the networks’ college football game coverage. Golic is a nine-year NFL veteran, playing defensive tackle for the Houston Oilers, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins. 

About Mike Greenberg

Mike Greenberg is co-host of ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning Show and an anchor for ESPNEWS. He also serves as a contributing anchor on ESPN each weekday evening on SportsCenter. Greenberg entertains audiences with stories of life as a family man and sports talk show host.



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