5 Healthy Tailgating Recipes

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5 Healthy Tailgating Recipes

5 Healthy Tailgating Recipes
By: Ali Adcock

The 2016 College and NFL football season has officially kicked off! What’s more fun than football, friends and food? While you’re enjoying the game and socializing you’re often times mindlessly eating as well, so you can understand how easy it is to get out of your healthy eating habits when there’s a big game on. Luckily, we’ve come up with some healthier options instead of your typical pizza and fried wings for your next tailgate.

Baked Buffalo Wings

Wings are a staple when it comes to quick and easy snack foods for tailgate, but we’ve got a better baked option that won’t ruin your entire clean eating you’ve been focusing on. Simply bake your wings at 375 degrees for about 45-60 minutes until crispy. Ditching the deep fried wings and opting for a baked wing will save you lots of calories!

Grilled Chicken and Veggie Kabobs

Chicken and veggies kabob are healthy and make for an easy on-the-go meal. These can be prepped before the big game starts and thrown on the grill to be ready just in time for the halftime show. Just choose your favorite veggies and season with salt and pepper or any other low sodium seasoning you prefer, then add to the skewers and refrigerate until ready to grill.

Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs make a great healthy snack that’s packed full of protein to help keep you full longer. If you’re short on time it’s easiest to buy the eggs already boiled in a bag at your local grocery store, but if you’ve planned ahead enough you can boil your eggs in a pot on the stove as usual. Now you’re ready to start, just follow the recipe below:

– 6 hard-boiled eggs peeled and cut lengthwise
– ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
– 2 tsp Dijon mustard
– 1/8 tsp salt
– ¼ tsp pepper
– Paprika for garnish

Mix the egg yolks, yogurt, mustard, salt and pepper in a bowl. You want a smooth mixture, so a blender or food processer is best to use. Once mixed well, add the mixtures in the egg white halves and sprinkle paprika on each.

Skinny Spinach Parmesan Dip

This recipe calls for eight simple ingredients and 40 mins to cook in the crockpot. Hint: if you’re running late and need to cook the recipe quicker it can be heated in a pot on the stove or even in the microwave!

– 10 oz or 1 package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained of excess liquid
– ½ cup light or fat free sour cream
– ¾ cup Greek yogurt
– ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
– 1 8 oz can diced water chestnuts
– 1 clove diced garlic
– 1 ½ cups shredded low fat mozzarella cheese
– Dash of pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and stir until mixed well then put in the crockpot on warm. Stir occasionally and serve with baked pita chips or crackers. Remember, baked is the key with the chips and/or crackers!


It’s pretty safe to say if you’ve attended a tailgate you’ve probably seen many people grilling hamburgers because they’re basically a tailgate staple. There are a couple of ways to make sure your hamburgers are healthy. Always choose 96% lean ground beef and make sure that each patty is about a 4 ounce serving. Add a slice of low fat cheese with some veggies like lettuce, tomato and onion on a whole wheat bun and you’ve got a tasty and healthy burger. If you’d like a burger with even less fat you can opt for a turkey, chicken or veggie patty.

Now it’s time to pick your favorite recipe or even all of them and get to prepping for the next big tailgate!

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