Healthy Options for Tailgating and Football Parties

Sep 27 • 2014
Healthy Options for Tailgating and Football Parties

Football season is in full swing, which means indulging on foods like hotdogs, hamburgers, and chicken wings. While it is okay to enjoy foods like this in moderation, eating like this on a weekly basis can result in some serious weight gain. Whether you love college, NFL, or celebrate for both, these tailgating alternatives will give you the delicious sports bar taste without the huge calorie count.

When it comes to meat, consider baking instead of frying. You can use delicious low calorie marinades to get big flavor without the carbohydrates and grease that come with fried foods. Substitute lean ground turkey or chicken for beef to keep those hamburgers and sloppy joes heart healthy, and then load on the veggies for a delicious option. Try whole wheat buns instead of white so you can get the grains you need.

Another great way to incorporate protein in a new way is by grilling skewers. Grilled chicken is the perfect option, and when you combine it with delicious zucchini, tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers, you get a tasty combination that’s good for you and easy to eat. Add whatever vegetables you love and stack them up!

Potato salad is another common side dish found at football parties or tailgating events. Consider making your own instead of buying from the store and using plain Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise. Chop up some peppers and celery for crunch, go for sweet potatoes as the main attraction, and you’ve got a side dish you can indulge in without feeling the guilt. Greek yogurt can be a great option in other dishes, too, like coleslaw.

Drinks can be one of the heaviest in calories, especially if you love to drink soda pop. In place of soda, try lemonade, seltzer water, or unsweetened tea. All of these options are refreshing and can easily be paired with alcohol if you choose to do so. Remember to avoid flavored alcohols as they tend to be packed with more sugar.

Tell us about your favorite low-calorie tailgating food in the comments below.