Healthy Tailgating !

Healthy Tailgating !

It’s football season!  What’s more fun than football, friends and food?  While you’re watching a game and socializing it’s tempting to let go of your healthy eating habits, but you don’t have to let tailgating, or game time snacking, derail your efforts to eat well.  We’ve come up with some healthier options for game time!

Baked Buffalo Wings


Wings are a game time “go to” and we’ve got an easy swap to keep them guilt free.  Just bake your wings at 375 degrees for about 45-60 minutes until crispy.  Ditching the deep frying will save you a lot of calories. 

Deviled Eggs


Deviled eggs make a great snack that’s packed full of protein.  And they’re easy too.  (In my house this recipe has to be doubled or there aren’t any left for game time!)

6 hard boiled eggs, peeled and cut lengthwise

¼ cup plain greek yogurt

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1/8 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

Paprika for garnish

Mash the egg yolks in a bowl with the back side of a fork.  Add the yogurt, mustard, salt and pepper.  Stir to combine.  If you want a smoother texture you can use a blender or food processor (but I’m too lazy busy to clean it after, so a fork is fine with me).

Once mixed well, scoop the mixture into the hollowed out egg whites.

Sprinkle with a tiny bit of paprika for garnish.

Chicken and Veggie Kabobs


Chicken and veggie kabobs are great make ahead options for tailgating or entertaining at home.  They can be prepped ahead of time and tossed on the grill before kick-off or during half time.  Just choose your favorite veggies and season well with any low sodium seasoning you’d like.  Refrigerate until ready to grill.

Skinny Spinach Dip

This baby needs to be doubled too – it’s that good!  Just 8 simple ingredients in your crock-pot and you’re ready to go.  Need it done faster?  It can be heated in a pot on the stove, or even in the microwave!

1 10-oz package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained of excess liquid

½ cup light sour cream

¾ cut plain non-fat greek yogurt

½ cup grated parmesan cheese

1 8-oz can diced water chestnuts

1 clove minced garlic

1 ½ cups shredded low fat mozzarella cheese

Dash of pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients in your crock-pot and stir well. Cover and heat on warm, stirring occasionally, until heated through.  Serve with baked pita chips or crackers. (Remember, baked is the key when choosing chips or crackers!)

For another great Game Day recipe, check out our favorite hummus dip:

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