Just because you want to enjoy football season with some fun tailgating
parties does not mean you want to reach the end of it with 20 added pounds
to your weight and a whole lot of regret. The fact is, there are healthy
(and tasty) ways to go about tailgating, despite being surrounded by a
never-ending outpouring of nachos, burgers, and beer.
Planning in advance, regardless if you are attending a tailgate party or
hanging out at a bar, is always the most important element of staying
healthy. Going into a tailgating party with a huge appetite will only
derail your determination to opt for healthier choices. To soothe your
hunger, eat a healthy snack or meal about an hour or two prior to the
get-together. This will ensure you do not overdo it while at the party.
Additional strategies you can follow to stay on track:
- Make sure you have water in hand. Staying hydrated is not only healthy,
but will also limit your eating.
- Some have a habit of constantly grazing, which can definitely add up. Instead
of grazing for hours, allow yourself a small plate and position yourself
somewhere away from the food to reduce temptation.
- Try to avoid dips and spreads that have high-fat ingredients.
- Fruits and vegetables are great choices, but you can also snack on slices
of cheese, turkey, or ham from a deli tray. A small bowl of chili or grilled
chicken wings are also good, protein-packed options.
- Limit your alcohol consumption. This will not only save on calories, but
will stop you from having lowered inhibitions, which often lead to less
optimal food choices. You do not have to eliminate it entirely or stick
to light beers. Guinness Draught, for example, has 125 calories per serving.
Bring Your Own Snacks
You do not have to be a chef to provide some healthy party snacks or appetizers.
Here are 5 healthy snack ideas you can provide to lighten up a traditionally
- Veggie snacks are healthy, but are often served with a creamy dip packed
with calories. Skip the creamy dip and keep the veggies. Serve them with
a delicious salsa for a fun and healthier twist on this classic snack.
- Fruit makes for a refreshing snack, but instead of serving it in a bowl
or as is, cut it into bite-size chunks and thread them through bamboo
skewers. When it’s easy to eat, this sweet treat is even more appealing.
- Being healthy does not mean you have to eliminate the foods you love. If
you enjoy fries and chicken wings, you can still have them! However, instead
of frying them, eliminate the oil and bake them instead. Chicken is lean
and an excellent source of protein, so you should not have to avoid it.
- Does your recipe call for milk or cheese? Instead of using full-fat versions,
replace them with low-fat options to reduce the calories.
- If you still have your heart set on a creamy dip, make it yourself to control
the ingredients. Many recipes call for mayonnaise or sour cream, both
of which can be avoided by using fat-free Greek yogurt instead.
As you can see, there are many great ways to stay healthy throughout tailgating
season while eating some delicious foods you will not have to regret once
the season ends.
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