Since I am in Texas, I have asked three lovely ladies to guest post for me. Today, Colleen is going to talk about ways to make a tailgate healthier. Thanks so much for helping me out, girl! I’m headed to the pool!
It’s football season! Like Lauren, I am a big college football fan and have my Saturdays planned for the next few months. Football and food go hand-in-hand, and it can be easy to go overboard when you have a full day of tailgating ahead. Here are a few tips I’ve used this season to keep things under control:
- Swap plain yogurt for some of the mayonnaise and sour cream in dips and other dishes. A good rule of thumb is to use low-fat or fat-free plain yogurt in place of mayonnaise and low-fat or fat-free plain Greek yogurt for sour cream. Switch out as much as you feel you can get away with—push the boundaries! For dessert-based dips with cream cheese, you can usually substitute Cool Whip for some of the cream cheese to cut the fat. Even if that’s the only healthy substitution you can make in a recipe, every bit helps.
- Stretch the meat in your game day chili or tacos with extra beans or sautéed mushrooms. Not only will this help your wallet, but your waistline will thank you too for eliminating some of the saturated fat. Keeping some of the meat in a recipe (half or less) will provide enough flavor that you (and your fellow tailgaters!) won’t notice the swap.
- Have your treats, but make them mini. Do you have a favorite pumpkin muffin recipe or is your heart set on making cupcakes? Whip up a batch of your favorite treat, but pour the batter into a miniature muffin tin instead of a standard size pan. Portion control for the win. And let’s be real, mini is more fun.
- Eat breakfast before you crack your first beer and jump on the tailgating train. Kegs and eggs can be tempting, but eating a solid breakfast before you join in the festivities can prevent you from immediately face-planting into the nearest chip dip due to hunger. A healthy breakfast sets the tone for the day, and if all else fails, at least you have that going for you.
- This tip is so simple, yet incredibly effective—simply serve less food at your next tailgate. Your party really doesn’t need six different chip dips and a heaping table of desserts. Aim for one or two appetizers, an entrée and a few sides, and one or two desserts.
Football just wouldn’t be the same without some fabulous food, and keeping these tips in mind allows you to have your cake and eat it too. Enjoy football season and GO BLUE!