Healthy Alternatives for Tailgating Food Favorites

Keri Tidwell

Healthy Alternatives at Tailgate Party

It’s football time, and for many fans, that means tailgating parties. We all know that traditional tailgating fare is far from healthy. Sour cream and mayo-based dips and chips, fried wings and red meat charred on the grill washed down with beer is a recipe for diet disaster! But you don’t have to sacrifice flavor for a delicious, healthy pre-game party. This season, take a break from tradition with some of these healthier tailgating alternatives:

Instead of creamy dips and chips, try Texas Caviar or guacamole. For dipping, a healthy alternative to tortilla chips could be blue corn chips, carrots sticks or bell pepper slices.

Skip the nitrite-filled dogs or brats, and instead, try these Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Kebabs with peppers and onions or this homemade Deli Rotisserie Chicken.

Fish Tacos with Honey-Lime Cilantro Slaw on corn tortillas recipe is a yummy Mexican alternative that is also high in fiber and low in fat.

When cooler weather hits, chili is a crowd-pleaser. Instead of traditional beef chili though, try your hand at this delicious and filling Turkey Chili or Crockpot White Chicken Chili. Top with nonfat Greek yogurt, avocado slices, cilantro and jalapeño peppers instead of traditional shredded cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips.

Slaws and pasta and potato salads are popular tailgating sides, but they are typically high in fat. Instead, consider making Greek Yogurt Slaw, a Grilled Romaine Salad, or this Greek Avocado Chicken Salad, all flavorful but not high in saturated fat.

Try these oven-baked Honey-Glazed Cajun Chicken Wings, and you will never go back to fried. Cook at home and reheat at the tailgate party.

If you haven’t tried grilled fruit, you don’t know what you’ve been missing! This Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple will melt in your mouth but will not pack on the pounds. Grilled Peaches with Honey-Cinnamon Sauce is simply delectable. You’ll never miss the store-bought pies and cakes filled with trans-fats and artificial flavors and colors.

While beer is a tailgating staple, break out of the mold and serve this non-alcoholic Strawberry-Rhubarb Lemonade, or for cooler weather, try Skinny Crockpot Hot Chocolate or Berry-Apple Cider for a warm sweet treat.

Tailgating may be laid back and informal, but don’t compromise your health for it. Skip the junk food and try some of these healthier meal alternatives instead. They will please your crowd and help you stick to your diet.

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