Football season is here, which means that tailgating is about to be brought to full speed. This week, we are going to talk about some tailgate foods that are surprisingly healthy and taste great.
It’s not a secret that many tailgate foods can add on some unwanted calories. Before the guilt sets in for just thinking about indulging, you might be intrigued to learn which tailgate regulars are actually healthier than you might realize.
Perfectly seasoned sweet corn straight off the grill is hard to beat. You’ll be glad to know that cooked corn is high in cancer-fighting antioxidants. It also promotes healthy vision. Adding 1-2 teaspoons of butter is only an extra 34-68 calories. We like to add some feta cheese, cilantro, and spices for an extra flavorful side dish.
Potatoes get a bad rap for being high in carbohydrates and calories. You might be surprised to find out that 1 medium sized potato has 0 grams of fat and only 160 calories. Potatoes have half of the vitamin C of an orange and more potassium than a banana! A baked potato bar is a fun way to let everyone personalize their plate and add a lot of vegetables to your pre-game meal. Good options include broccoli, bell peppers, and green onion. Adding beans increases the fiber content and some low-fat cheese adds calcium.
Grilled Chicken Wings
Grilled chicken is a great source of protein for your tailgate that is easy to prepare and can be cooked in large quantities. Removing the skin can cut calories and half of the fat. Many butchers will remove the skin for you if you ask when purchasing, which can save you a lot of time when preparing for the big game.
Chili is a common staple at tailgates especially when the temperatures begin to drop. Most chili recipes are packed with beans, our 4th healthy tailgate food. 1 serving of Navy Beans provides an astounding 76% of your daily fiber needs. Fiber helps to lower cholesterol and reduces hunger by keeping you feeling full. Just replacing half of your meat with beans will significantly decrease the fat content of your favorite chili recipe.
No tailgate is complete without this creamy dip. Avocado is a great source of healthy fats and biotin, which helps to keep your metabolism going. This tasty fruit is also great for your hair and skin. Try swapping tortilla chips for raw vegetables to increase your vitamin and mineral intake and to decrease calories and fat.
One of the biggest calorie contributors to a lot of tailgates is alcohol. A Skinny Margarita is a fun way to enjoy your game day beverage without all of those extra calories. You just combine 1 can of Fresca and 1 to-go packet of Crystal-Light Lemonade with a shot of tequila and ½ of a lime.
Whether your team wins or loses, you can avoid forfeiting your waistline if you stick to these foods at next weekends tailgate.