Healthy Tailgating Tips

Healthy Tailgating Tips

by Posted on: September 2, 2015Categories: LiveWell 24/7   

The start of September brings cooler temperatures, changing leaves, everything pumpkin spice, and the greatest season of the year…football season! Before you slap on your face paint and dust off your famous buffalo chicken dip recipe, check out these healthy tailgating tips. They just might help you prevent that too-snug jersey feeling around playoff time!


At the grill:

  • Stick with lean meat selections such as chicken sausage instead of hot dogs and extra-lean ground turkey for burgers.
  • Marinate your meats in low-fat yogurt and other spices such as chili powder or garlic for an extra kick.
  • Choose low-fat dipping sauces for your meats such as spicy mustard or siracha.


At the bar:

  • If you opt for liquor beverages, swap out syrupy carbonated beverages for crisp, refreshing options like Crystal Light or club soda.
  • Choose a beer that is lighter in calories and carbs, such as Yuengling Light Lager, New Planet 3R Raspberry Ale, Guiness Draught, or New Belgium Blue Paddle.
  • Always be sure to drink plenty of water, especially on a hot day. To calculate exactly how much water you should drink daily, use the Hydration Calculator.


At the game:

  • Always try to eat before the game, because stadium foods tend to be packed with sodium and fat.
  • If you find yourself starving at halftime, reach for half a soft pretzel, unbuttered popcorn, or a handful of roasted peanuts.
  • If you are craving something sweet, your best selection is Cracker Jacks or cotton candy. The cotton candy is low in calories, but the Cracker Jacks will keep you full longer!
  • Walk to restrooms and concession stands that are farther away from your seats to get some extra steps in.
  • If you are watching your game from home, go for a long walk at halftime or start a game of two-hand touch!

Do you think you have the healthiest tailgate in the league? Visit our Facebook page next week to learn how your tailgating pictures can help you win a Fitbit!

Sources: Health, Health & Fitness, Greatist, Diets in Review


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