Fall is here! That means football, tailgating, party foods and snacks.
Did you know that people who tailgate eat a weeks worth of calories in one day?
Here are some tips to help you stay on track with your diet and still enjoy tailgating:
1. Bring a healthy snack to share. Some ideas are: veggies and guacamole, flat bread pizza (spread hummus on a flat-out and pile with veggies), fruit skewers, a salad or cocktail shrimp.
2. Drink water between each alcoholic beverage.
3. After you eat, chew gum. If you are chewing gum you are less likely to mindlessly eat.
4. Stand up when you are eating. It is harder to balance a plate full of food, a drink and eat all at the same time.
5. Fill your plate with veggies and protein first then have some chips and sweets later.
Here is a recipe you can take to your next tailgating party that seems sinful but it’s not (your friends will never know the difference!).
Buffalo Chicken Skewers
From: Rachel Ray Magazine
- 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons finely crumbled Gorgonzola
- 2 teaspoons plus 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup canned chickpeas or great northern beans, rinsed
- 1/4 cup hot sauce, such as Frank’s RedHot
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 large cloves garlic
- 3 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (4 oz. each), each cut lengthwise into 4 pieces
- 8 celery sticks
Enjoy tailgating season without gaining weight!