9 Tasty Foods for a Healthier Way to Tailgate

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Article contributed by Debbie J., MS, RD – 

It seems like some foods are synonymous with tailgating: hot links, buffalo wings, potato skins, nachos and sliders.  While it’s fun to root for your team, don’t let the competition go to your…belly!  Many of these foods are high in fat and calories, but with a little preparation you can enjoy some tasty game day foods and the thrill of the game.

Try these healthy options out, and let us know what you think.

  • Kabobs – With onion, bell peppers, mushroom, cherry tomatoes and your choice of steak, chicken and shrimp. Grill ‘em up and enjoy. Less starch and fat than sliders.
  • Kale crisps – Okay, I know this sounds crazy, but give them a try; you just might like them and save yourself a bunch of calories. Less fat and more vitamins A, C, & K than potato chips.
  • Buffalo style chicken meatballs Buffalo style something is a must. Try these; you will be glad you did. Less sodium and more protein than chicken wings. 
  • Pork tenderloin and coleslaw hoagies – You don’t think we would leave you pig lovers without an option now, did you? Less fat and more fiber than hot links. 
  • Put a spin on your dip – Carrots and celery with a garlicky white bean dip. Less fat and more fiber than cream-based dip.  
  • Fruit salad – Try it with sunflower seeds, shredded coconut and pureed cottage cheese.  More protein than plain fruit, less sugar than ambrosia.
  • Sweet potato fries – Slice up some sweet potatoes for a change.  Less fat and more Vitamin A than potato skins. 
  • Update your nachos – Try chopped veggies on wheat crackers. Less fat and more fiber than tortilla chip nachos with cheese sauce.
  • Popcorn balls – Add sesame seeds and crystallized ginger. Less fat and more fiber than cupcakes or donuts.

Beware of grazing! When food is left out in a pot-luck or buffet style there is a tendency to over eat.  Prepare and bring just the amount needed for your expected group size, limit the amount you serve yourself and DO NOT MAKE MULTIPLE TRIPS to the food line.  Last but not least, choosing LIGHT beer saves you more than 25% of the calories found in regular beer in many cases, so take that into consideration when making beverage choices.

Enjoy the game!

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Debbie James is a registered dietitian. Any views or opinions presented in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinions or recommendations of Fitness International, LLC.

Posted on September 20, 2013, in Health, LA Fitness, LA Fitness Blog - Living Healthy, LA Fitness Blog - Top Tips, Motivation, Motivational Tips, Nutrition, Simple, Weight Loss and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on Simply Fit and Clean and commented:
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