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A Light & Healthy Tailgating Menu

A lighter and healthier choice for a tailgating party, you won't typically find these foods at a football game.

It's important though to get them on the menu especially if you have friends at your tailgate who are there more to have fun with everyone than to root for a particular team. Serve up some of these tailgating foods for a crowd that are tasty and healthy at the same time.


Healthy Tailgate Recipes

Remember, you don't have to sacrifice flavor for lighter bites. We've got some terrific recipes that cut calories, but don't skimp on classic tailgate flavors.



Stuffed Peppers are savory, warm, easy to make ahead of time and full of football flavor. Serving inside a hollowed out pepper will give you a big veggie serving and keep you full longer.



You may call these salads, but bite-sized BLT cups are a far cry from boring greens. Bake the cups right on the grill and fill with pre-made BLT mix.



No football party is complete without dip and you can make a few healthy versions of your favorite football dips quite easily. Just follow our recipes and you can't go wrong.



While chicken wings are a must for most tailgate or football parties, don't fry yours! Take advantage of that grill you've got at your party or bake a batch ahead of the game.

Here are a few more general ideas for your lighter tailgate party menu:

Marinated chicken cutlets or a white fish make for a healthier alternative to popular red meats. Prep them ahead of time by placing in a baggie filled with your marinade, seal and pack on ice. By the time you get to your tailgate and you're ready to grill, your entree will be full of healthy flavor for your figure-friendly friend.

Pre-make brown rice and/or whole wheat pasta as an alternative to popular fried dishes. Go one step further and create a salad out of it by adding some precooked, chopped veggies. Serve alongside 2 or 3 bottled dressings - lightened kinds of course!

Grilled vegetables aren't only popular in the summer months. We're big fans of grilling season veggies and topping with some balsamic vinegar for a lightened up tailgate side dish.

Skip the beer for this crowd and opt to pour them some white wine - a chilled chardonnay is a great choice. And you don't have to worry - keep it red-cup friendly and leave the wine glasses at home!

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