Tailgating foods are notoriously known for packing on those extra pounds. Football finger foods are either deep fried, drenched in an excessive amount of cheese, or dipped in high fructose corn syrup. However, you can still tailgate with close friends and family on Gameday without compromising your health. Here are a few nutritious, but still tasty snacks that you should add to the menu.
1. Baked Buffalo Bites
Fried chicken wings are a tradition at tailgates, but these baked buffalo bites will satisfy your cravings without the extra sodium and calories. Use lean chicken breast, hot sauce, non-fat cream cheese, and whole grain breadcrumbs.
2. Turkey Meatballs
Meatballs are a tailgating staple. However, using ground turkey breast instead of ground beef can save you 100 calories! Turkey Meatballs are also a great source of protein that will keep you full, and prevent you from overeating.
3. Guacamole Black Bean Salsa Dip with Lentil Chips
Avocado is a healthy fat, but eating too much of it will backfire. Use half of an avocado, high protein black beans, and low-calorie salsa to create a dip that will knock everyone off their seats. While you're cutting back on your fat intake, substitute the fried corn chips for baked lentil chips, which will save you 6 grams of fat per serving.
4. Grilled Chicken and Veggie Skewers
Chicken kabobs are always a big hit at tailgates. Save yourself some time, and grill your chicken and vegetables the night before! On the morning of the event, you will be ready to score a touchdown!
5. Deviled Eggs
Eggs are another great source of protein, but can also be high in fat. Use only half of the yolks, Greek yogurt, diced peppers, and onions to score a win for the team!
Incorporate these fun and easy snacks at your next sporting event, and you will be sure not to disappoint. Which recipe idea is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!