Bring a heart-healthy tailgate to the game
6 easy ways to make your tailgate party healthy.
Did you know that traditional game-day foods can add up to more than 1,200 calories, 60 grams of fat and 2,000 milligrams of sodium in one sitting? That's nothing to cheer about.
These game-day strategies will help get you through the season.
- Appetizers: Try a rainbow of colorful veggies and whole grain crackers paired with nutrient-packed dips such as guacamole, hummus or black bean. Olives and raw or toasted nuts are also heart healthy and fun to eat.
- Beef chili: Upgrade by using one-third less meat, more beans and additional veggies such as sautéed mushrooms, onions and carrots. Toss in some chopped spinach or cilantro at the end for a color and nutrient burst. Other options include nixing the beef and using chunks of chicken or ground turkey as the base.
- Sausage/hot dogs: It's getting easier to find alternatives to foods with nitrates, hormones and antibiotics that don't sacrifice taste. Many are chicken-based, with flavors ranging from spinach feta and garlic basil to Cajun, spicy jalapeño and even chorizo.
- Wings: Use skinless wings to reduce fat and calories. Slather on your favorite BBQ sauce, or try brushing them with a mixture of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, soy sauce and a pinch of sugar before baking.
- Kebabs: Skewer up some boneless chicken and/or shrimp and alternate with veggies such as bell peppers, mushrooms, pearl onions and zucchini. A simple marinade of olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and oregano can be brushed on before grilling.
- Dessert: Serve a creative fruit salad fall combo of diced red and green pears, persimmons and pomegranate arils.