8 Healthy Tailgate Foods

8 Healthy Tailgate Foods

by Posted on: August 27, 2013Categories: LiveWell 24/7   

Guacamole with Chipotle Tortilla Chips

Making your own chips gives you the same crunchy flavor without all of the fat of regular tortilla chips. Chipotle–flavored chips highlight the fresh ingredients in the guacamole. Serve guacamole for a creamy dip that is rich in heart-healthy fats.

Spicy Black Bean Hummus

Black beans are packed with nutrients such as protein, fiber, and iron, so you don’t have to worry about empty calories when you dip into this spicy hummus. Serve with baked pita chips or carrot and celery sticks.

Shrimp and Bacon Deviled Eggs

Potato flakes add bulk to the filling so you can use less yolk and decrease the overall fat, calories, and cholesterol. The shrimp, bacon, and parsley add extra color and flavor, resulting in an impressive finish.

Potato-Sour Cream Biscuits

For those early morning games, stuff these biscuits with ham and pair with a Bloody Mary to kick off the game-day festivities.

Barbecue Pork-and-Coleslaw Hoagies

Transport the slaw, pork, and rolls separately and allow fellow fans to assemble their sandwiches at the tailgate. Making your own creamy slaw results in less fat and calories than a store–bought counterpart.

Cajun Oven-Fried Chicken

Ditch the bucket of cold, greasy chicken and load up on extra–crispy chicken breasts, drumsticks, and thighs. If you want a spicier kick, add a few drops of hot sauce to the buttermilk coating. If you prefer chicken fingers, you can use this same coating mixture on boneless chicken tenders.

Roasted Potato Salad with Mustard Dressing

With flavors from salty bacon, caramelized onions, oven-roasted potatoes, and tangy Dijon mustard, no one will ever guess that this recipe is light. Make the potato salad before the game, store it in an airtight container and then pack it in your cooler until it’s time to eat.

White Bean and Turkey Chili

When the temperature starts to drop, a warm bowl of this hearty chili does just the trick to put you in the football mood. Transfer the chili to your tailgate in a slow–cooker and keep it warm in there throughout the day. Substituted chopped cooked chicken for the turkey, if desired.


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