Lightened Up Tailgate Tips

Whether it’s Friday night lights, college or pro football, flavorful things to eat and drink are key to winning the tailgate game. Typical game day snacks aren’t exactly the best choice for a balanced lifestyle, but with a little bit of planning, my suggestions will help you make lightened-up, portion-sized snacks and sips for your tailgate party menu that won’t add extra pounds. Consider all of your fan favorites and get ready to lighten them up! Include protein, vegetables and fruits in the mix. You will be amazed how flavorful they can be.

Host a Pre-Game Party to Remember: Menu options should include protein-filled snacks such as lean lunch meat, hummus, and nuts and remember to keep portion size in mind. These can be prepped and served in creative ways such as with a quick and easy marinade for chicken and seafood (recipe below) and served in football-shaped mini whole grain rolls to create portion-perfect “end zone” sliders!

Dress up your chips and avoid expanding your waistline by opting for สมัครufabetเว็บแม่ baked tortilla, roasted Brussel sprouts or kale chips with hummus or Greek-style, plain yogurt-based dips in place of sour cream or mayonnaise. Fresh vegetables such as celery, carrots and jicama make great dippers too! Serve open-face whole grain sandwiches with lean meats, lettuce, tomato and mashed avocado for the creaminess of mayo or sour cream without the calories. And for dessert, get creative with assorted fruits for some out-of-this-world refreshing dessert kabobs. One of my go to recipes for fruit kabobs is paired with low-fat lemon yogurt, mixed with 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice and 1 teaspoon lime zest. You can thread any of your favorite fruits on wooden skewers like pineapple chunks, kiwi, banana, grapes, or any of our fall favorites.

You also need to have the essentials for safe food handling on-hand. Must-haves include:


  • Hand-washing or sanitizing sprays