Ideas for Healthy Tailgating
The return of fall sports means the return of game day get-togethers and snacks, which aren’t always healthy options. It’s okay to indulge in foods you like on occasion, but if you get together with your friends every week to watch a game you probably want to look for some healthy alternatives to snack on. If you’ll be preparing the food or bringing a dish, consider bringing one of the following:
- Bean dip or salsa
- Veggies with guacamole or hummus
- Oven baked foods instead of fried
As you’re picking out food, try to avoid loading your plate up with everything just because it is there. If you don’t like a food, you don’t have to eat it!
It can also help to be aware of where you place food during the game. You are more likely to keep eating when you’re not hungry if all the snacks are left out in front of you while you watch. Try to set up the food either in the kitchen or in another area to avoid snacking just because it’s there. If you do overeat, don’t feel guilty and don’t give up on eating healthy at your next meal or snack. Think of every day as a fresh start to making healthy choices.
Liz Schonthal, a registered dietitian at Cone Health Nutrition & Diabetes Education Services at Greensboro, spoke on Fox 8 House Call about making healthy choices during this sports season.