Foodie Friday: Guilt-free Tailgate Eats

It’s National College Colors Day, so put on your favorite team jersey and start planning those tailgate parties.

Here are some ideas to keep your tailgate eats healthy yet festive:

Chili: Fire up the crockpot beforehand and cook up a batch of chili. Make it healthier by substituting lean ground turkey for some or all of the meat, or skip meat altogether and make it vegetarian. Keep the toppings simple: fat-free sour cream, low-fat cheese, salsa and baked tortilla chips or strips of corn tortillas.

Eggs: Deviled eggs are a Southern staple at picnics and potlucks, so why not bring some along for a tailgate party? Just use low-fat mayo or fat-free Greek yogurt instead of full-fat mayo to bring the calories down. Or for a different look, use avocado instead of mayo.

Kabobs: Everyone loves food on a stick. Grilled chicken on skewers with a low-fat dipping sauce like barbeque sauce or low-fat ranch dressing is a hit with kids and adults alike. For a Caprese salad on a stick, alternate cherry tomatoes, basil leaves and small balls of fresh mozzarella on a skewer. And for dessert, try chunks of fresh pineapple, melon and berries.

Skip the chips: Chips and dips can add up the empty calories real fast. One way to shave calories and boost nutrition is to use raw vegetable slices instead of chips to scoop up dips like hummus, salsa or black bean dip. In addition to the standard crudités like celery and carrots, try slices of cucumber, zucchini, jicama, or individual leaves of endive, radicchio or other sturdy leafy green.

Healthier Hurrahs

Did you know people eat fewer chicken wings when they leave the bones on their plate? Minor changes to how you eat can also make a nutritional difference at your next tailgate. Read all the details online in the fall issue of Vim & Vigor magazine


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