Tailgating before the big game is almost more fun than attending the actual game. Friends, food, fun — what more could you ask for!? On my recent visit to Channel 5 WNEM, I shared some great tips on how to make healthy, and delicious tailgate fare!
Tip #1: Bring Fruit
Not feeling the burgers and pizza? Go for the fruit! Put together a pretty platter with all of the fresh fruits that you love. Cut it up into slices or chunks and stick a toothpick in each piece to make it a more fun and easy to eat! You can even check out Pinterest for some sport-inspired fruit displays!
Tip #2: Mix Wine and Sparkling Water
If you like to have a few cocktails while tailgating, go for the wine and sparkling water combo. Half cup of white wine mixed with half cup of sparkling water. If you are going to be drinking beer or other liquors, I recommend drinking at least one glass of water in between each alcoholic beverage to make sure that you’re staying hydrated.
Tip #3: Use Healthy Marinades
If you’re marinating meats, make sure you’re choosing healthy marinades and spices. When you purchase a spice jar, be sure to read the ingredients and recognize what exactly it is you’re reading (and ultimately eating). We want to make sure we’re staying away from artificial ingredients and sweeteners.
Tip #4: Add Protein to a Veggie Platter
If you plan on taking a veggie platter, you can easily add some healthy protein by including a protein packed dip! Hummus, made with chickpeas, is a fan favorite and goes great with veggies. If your platter includes celery, a great dip to bring is almond butter or any other type of nut butter. Adding healthy protein dips will definitely make your veggie platter standout among the crowd, and is a great change from just the normal ranch dressing dips.
Now that you have some winning ideas for your tailgate, let’s hope your team wins the game!
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