Seven Ideas to Make Tailgating Both Fun and Healthy – Avera Health

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Whether you have a tailgate party in the parking lot of your local football stadium or in your own backyard, one of the best parts of this popular tradition is the food.

But the typical tailgating fare of hot dogs, chicken wings and other snack foods are often high in fat and calories, which can throw your wellness goals off track.

With a little pre-game planning, you can have a tailgate party with plenty of healthy game day food. That doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice taste — or a sense of fun.

For example, grilling doesn’t require any additional cooking oil, and it brings out the flavors of whatever you have on the grill.“Grilling is such a healthier option,” said Debbie Lancto, Health and Wellness Champion at Avera Health Plans.

Depending on where you’re tailgating, bring your own grill, or grill your food first and bring it along.

Also encourage your guests to bring something healthy, like a vegetable tray or fruit. “You can always turn tailgating into a healthy, fun event,” Lancto said.

Kick off your tailgate party with these healthy, better-for-you ideas.

  1. Use vegetables in place of chips. Thinly slice cucumbers and carrots, and use them as chips. Even dip them in salsa. “These ‘chips’ are extremely low in calories and give you the benefits of fiber and nutrients,” Lancto said.
  2. Make your own chips and salsa. Avoid the excess oil found in store-bought chips, and make your own tortilla chips to complement homemade salsa.
  3. Try appetizer-sized portions of meat. It’s common to serve the whole chicken breast or 4-6 ounces of hamburger meat if you’re grilling. To encourage smaller portions, serve bite-sized pieces of meat with toothpicks.
  4. Substitute turkey or chicken instead of ground beef. If you’re making a casserole dish or nachos, use ground turkey or shredded chicken instead of ground beef to cut back on fat.
  5. Remember portion control. It’s easy to overdo it on chips, often the snack of choice at a tailgating party. Make your own pre-portioned bags by placing individual portions of chips in small bags. Also remember to have a snack before you leave or before guests arrive so that you’re less apt to overeat at the party.
  6. Make your own barbecue dry rub. Many recipes for grilling or tailgating often include plenty of ketchup and barbecue sauce, which can be high in calories, sugar and salt. Dry rubs give you that same flavor, but without the additional calories and sugar. Dry rubs will make the food taste better, and you won’t lose the flavor of the meat.
  7. Grill your dessert. Grilling fruits such as apricots, peaches and pineapple brings out the sweet flavors, without adding additional fat. Just throw the fruit on the grill. Just the fruit alone is delicious, but you can add cinnamon or a little brown sugar if you want some added flavor and sweetness.

Try these recipes to make your next tailgating party a success:


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