Fall, football and tailgating are practically synonymous. There’s nothing quite like hanging out with family and friends on game day. These get-togethers usually revolve around eating and drinking, with options like beer, wings and burgers—not the healthiest of foods in the world. Tailgating doesn’t have to lead to extra pounds! With these tips, it’s easy to enjoy tailgating during the big game and stay healthy.
Skip high calorie drinks.
Beer and other high calorie/high sugar drinks tend to be the norm when tailgating. If you choose to drink alcohol, try a clear liquor (think vodka or gin) and opt for seltzer water instead of soda for a lower-calorie option. Be mindful of how much you’re drinking, too; it’s very easy to overeat or make poor choices when you’ve had too much to drink. If you choose not to drink alcohol, water is always your best bet; you can also try soda water or iced tea with a splash of lemon or lime for flavor.
Swap out unhealthy snacks.
Snacks are standard fare at any tailgate, but with a couple of smart alternatives, you can have plenty of healthy options, like the ones below:
If you are hosting game day, take a few days to prep by researching recipes and shopping for food. Having a plan makes it easier to have healthy options and not default to the predictable calorie-full foods that tend to be found at tailgating parties.
Bring your own!
Don’t hesitate to bring your own healthy options. It’s polite to bring food to a get-together anyway so just make sure that it’s something healthy that transports well and that you’re excited about eating. Chances are that other people at the party will be happy with the healthy options, too.
Game day doesn’t have to translate to gluttony. When making a healthy lifestyle change, it’s important to figure out how to balance that change with the rest of your life and the situations that may be especially tempting. For more healthy snack and party ideas, visit our recipe page, where you’ll find recipes that will surely score you a touchdown in flavor.
Chin up! Elongating the neck and keeping your chin at 90 degrees can reduce stress and wrinkles, while improving skin elasticity and confidence.
Munch on carrots! Carrots are a valuable source of vitamin A. Not only are these veggies delicious, they can help improve vision and maintain healthy eyes.
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