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Be a Winner This Season: Tailgate Healthy

Author: The Tipp Jar

October 13, 2016

Be a Winner This Season: Tailgate Healthy

Author: The Tipp Jar

October 13, 2016

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:

  • Bring and munch on a veggie tray and some hummus for a healthier alternative to the traditional chips and dip.
  • Make a healthy 7 layer Mexican dip. Use black beans, tomatoes, corn, lettuce, avocado, salsa and Greek yogurt for a healthier version of the traditional meat and cheese dips.
  • Instead of relying on fried chicken wings from a restaurant, try baking your own wings or, for extra calorie-saving opportunities, boneless and skinless chicken tenders. Simply season with salt and pepper and put in the oven to bake. When cooked through, toss or coat with the hot sauce of your choosing. Make your own dipping sauce by mixing whole blue cheese with a little Greek yogurt. Add lots of vitamin-rich carrots and celery to go with your wings!
  • Cooking outside? Try grilling vegetable skewers, fish or chicken breasts for a great game day option. Make sure to have plenty of healthy salads or side dishes to go with it. Prefer burgers? Try swapping out ground turkey or extra lean beef (95% lean) instead of traditional patties.
  • Slices of fruit are a great dessert option. You can also make a delicious fruit tart using dates and nuts to make a pie crust and filling it with the fruit of your choice.

Be prepared.
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.


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