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12 Healthy Tailgating Dishes Football Fans Will Love

September 6, 2013

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Another summer has come and gone, which can only mean one thing. Football season has arrived! No matter what team you’re cheering for, chances are you’re headed to a tailgate party or two.

The problem with tailgating or game watching parties is that it’s easy to lose track of what and how much you eat. One football game, a handful of nachos, a hot dog, and some pasta salad later, you’ve got a stomachache and maybe even a guilty conscience

This year, try out some healthier versions of the essential tailgating treats. They are sure to fuel your cheering and leave you feeling great when the game is over, whether your team wins or not!

Guacamole for all

Ahh, the fuel of any good tailgate. Guacamole is full of healthy fats from the avocado, but the problem here can be the quantity. It’s too easy to keep going back for more and more scoops as the game goes on. A great way to lighten up avocado is to combine it with other vegetables and serve it with sweet potato chips, pita chips, or brown rice crackers!

Dips for Days

Besides guacamole, there are a plethora of dips that make an appearance at tailgate parties. 7 layer, taco dip, queso, you name it, football fans serve and eat it! Instead of these high calorie dishes, swap in a few of these nutritious and equally delicious options.

Pasta and Potato Salads

These starchy salads are perfect for feeding a crowd because they don’t deteriorate when they sit in dressing for several hours, and they are easy for everyone to eat while they watch the game. The problem is that they are often dripping with mayonnaise and other less than healthy ingredients. Take one of these healthier versions to your next tailgate to wow the crowd.

Finger Foods We Love

Nachos, potato skins, pizza bites, just to name a few. It’s so easy to have finger foods at a football party that people can eat while standing without using utensils. These foods are usually the worst offenders when it comes to health. Ditch the high calorie classics for these healthy alternatives.