5 Ways to a Healthier Tailgate

Tailgating is one of America’s favorite pastimes, but can you truly have a memorable experience at a tailgating event without stuffing your face? Believe it or not, the answer is yes! You don’t have to indulge in greasy, calorie-packed foods to have a good time before kickoff. Here are some tips for making sure that you’re maintaining your health at the next tailgate you attend.

1. Bring something you can eat

If you’re trying to watch your weight or simply avoid the junk food, bring something to the tailgating celebration. Offer to bring a meal that you – and other fans – can enjoy and not feel guilty about eating.

2. Think of healthy grilling

Just because you have the grill going doesn’t mean that you need to eat a chunk of red meat! There are plenty of foods that you can grill that are healthy to chow down on, such as vegetables and lean meat patties – think turkey or chicken burgers. If you’re a vegetarian, there are several meatless patty options available on the market.

3. Make a healthy spread or dip

Snacking is naturally going to be a part of your tailgating celebration, so make sure that you have something healthy to munch on with your friends. Instead of potato chips, why not eat some raw vegetables? They don’t have to be boring if you make a delicious low-calorie dip, such as guacamole or hummus.

4. Monitor your beer intake

It’s no secret that beer has an ample amount of calories. If you’re trying to avoid taking on too many carbs during the tailgate, limit yourself to two beers. You’ll be happier with the size of your stomach afterward!

5. Keep moving

Just because you’re in a parking lot doesn’t mean that you need to be sitting in a chair throughout an entire tailgating party. Make it a point to take a walk with a friend or throw around the football during your tailgate to burn off some calories in between meals.

While not everyone at your celebration is going to want to eat healthy, you don’t have to let yourself go. These tips can help you feel good about yourself during and after the food-fueled event!

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