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Published on October 13, 2014

Score a Touchdown with Healthy Tailgating Food Options

Tailgating tips

Tailgating Tips

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, we aren’t talking about that time; we are talking about the other time –football season. It’s the time of year when you gather around with your friends and cheer on your favorite team. But before you reach for those buffalo wings and beer, consider these healthier options for your next game-time or tailgate snacks:

Healthy Slaw
Mix up the usual coleslaw with something more flavorful and healthy. Try an Asian kale slaw or Brussels sprouts slaw.

    Fresh Veggie Tray
    Always have a fresh vegetable platter think beyond the carrots & celery and try cucumber, sugar snap peas, Jicama, bell peppers and radishes

    Turkey Chili
    This tailgating staple is as easy to make as it is to eat. Ditch the ground beef and opt for extra-lean turkey. The protein and fiber in the beans will also help to curb your appetite.

    Turkey Meatballs
    Swapping ground beef for ground turkey breast can save you almost 100 calories per 4-ounce serving. If you’re not making from scratch, check the labels. Many pre-prepared turkey items have just as much fat as their beef counterparts

    Grilled “Buffalo Wings”
    Switch out the wings for grilled chicken breast tenders. The trade will offer more protein and fewer calories. Serve them with celery and carrots and your guests may not even notice the difference.

    Making eating healthy should always be a priority. Unhealthy eating habits have contributed to the obesity epidemic that not only affects PIH Health’s surrounding communities, but also communities across the United States. Even relatively healthy adults with poor eating habits are at risk for illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and certain types of cancer.

    A few other quick tips for a winning tailgate party:

    Eat a good breakfast. Try a meal with protein like a veggie omelet so you aren’t as hungry when you arrive at the party.

    Pace yourself. Mindlessly munching on unhealthy snacks can be a real setback when eating healthy. Instead, reach for a healthy snack like almonds that will satisfy your hunger.  Don’t sit by the food table or serve the food away from the TV, plan some activities for half-time, serve with small plates or bowls so you aren’t tempted to over-do it.

    Drink a lot of water. Drinking water before a meal can help you feel fuller before you have a chance to overindulge.

    Feeling lucky? Go for the two-point conversion. During halftime, put down your fantasy football stats and head outside for your own game of football.


    The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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