5 Tips for Healthy Tailgating

healthy tailgating tips

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We all work so hard in the early months of the year to shed those extra pounds in time for Summer…then Fall rolls around and the beer, chicken wings and tasty dips of football season cause us to loosen our belts. Let me set the record straight…I’m all for life’s edible indulgences but to use to cliché term; it’s all about “moderation”.

Here are 5 tips for healthy tailgating this Fall:

1. If beer is a must for you then go for the light version, like Bud Select 55. This beer has only 55 calories and scored very well in the Women’s Health Magazine review on light beers. Most domestic beers come in a light version, so opt for that when you know you’ll be drinking throughout the day.

2. Bring some healthy recipe options to the tailgate. And no…I’m not talking cauliflower and tofu. Try one of these delicious recipe options from SkinnyTaste.com (bookmark this site for tons of awesome recipes): Hot Spinach and artichoke dip, Skinny Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins or Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip.  No time for cooking before you hit the tailgate? At least throw a few prepackaged choices like 100-calorie packs (in the snack aisle of your grocery store) in your purse to add to your snacks throughout the day. If you’re hosting the tailgate offer turkey burgers, veggie trays or fruits as an alternative for those watching their weight.

3. Be sure to fill up on water before heading out to the tailgate if you plan to sip on alcoholic drinks all day. If possible, alternate between alcoholic beverages and non. Trust me, you’ll thank me on Sunday morning when you’re hangover-free.

4. Eat a healthy, hearty breakfast on gameday. This should keep you full for a while and at least you’ll be able to get some fruits and veggies in for the day. You’ll never run out of ideas if you read this great blog post over at the blog Six Sisters Stuff on 35 Healthy Breakfast Recipes!

5. Okay, so if you are not into preparing something more healthy, you skipped breakfast or you hate light beer then at least limit how much you eat on gameday. Download one of the many free apps (like, My Fitness Pal) and enter your intake into your smart phone as you go. This way you can easily see and track what you are eating. This should help you to not go overboard.

What are YOUR tips for staying healthy during football season?


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