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Healthy Tailgating Snacks

healthy tailgating snacks

Football, friends, and food …they all go together!

Gameday wouldn’t be complete without your favorite tailgating snacks and we are here to tell you there is no reason you need to ruin your football fun by depriving yourself of yummy fanfare. No matter where you cheer on your team, you can have guilt-free, healthy tailgating snacks at your fingertips.

We have made it easy for you by showing you how you can turn your typical foods into a healthy tailgating spread all your guests will enjoy.

No need to order pizza.

Make a healthy lower-calorie version pizza appetizer by using portobello mushroom caps or sliced zucchini circles as the crust. Top with tomato sauce and low-fat mozzarella cheese.

Don’t pass up the buffalo wings!

Fan-favorite deep-fried buffalo wings can be made lighter by seasoning white-meat chicken bites. Dredge chicken bites in seasoned whole-wheat flour and cornmeal and pan-fry in a small amount of oil. Drizzle with a tangy hot pepper sauce.

You can still enjoy a burger.

Pass by the high-fat ground beef and replace it with lean ground turkey breast. Use flat sandwich buns or light hamburger buns to cut the calories. If you must use beef make it leaner by mixing together ½ cup canned, drained black beans, 2 tbsp. each olive oil and Dijon mustard, and 1 tbsp. garlic powder into 1lb lean ground beef. Also, try the smaller size of a “slider” to make this a favorite healthy tailgating snack!

Make a healthy version creamy dip.

Make a quick and easy dip by pureeing white beans with onion, garlic, and Parmesan cheese.

Choose single servings.

Baked and reduced-fat chips help keep your snacking in check. Play it safe with single-serving bags. To make your own healthy salty snack, sauté a 15-oz can of drained chickpeas with 2 tbsp. olive oil and 1 tsp cumin for about 2 minutes. Season with salt, then place on nonstick baking sheet and roast for 25 minutes at 400˚F.

Stay hydrated.

Choose light beer, and try to limit yourself to just one or two. For every beer you have, drink a bottle of water.

Lighten up your chili.

Prepare with half the beef and twice the beans or make it with ground turkey. Better yet, try this delicious White Chicken Chili!

Makeover potato skins.

Replace fried white potatoes skins with baked sweet potatoes skins. Instead of bacon and sour cream, use turkey bacon and low-fat yogurt.

Don’t forget the dessert!

Start a new tradition with a yogurt bar! Greek yogurt or low-fat yogurt works best. Fill bowls with blueberries, strawberries, low-fat granola, and unsweetened coconut. Enjoy this dessert guilt-free. This is a great idea on how-to!

Start now and create a healthy eating game plan with some of these tips to makeover your favorite healthy tailgating snacks and party appetizers in time for the big game!