Surviving Your Tailgate
If you're a football fan, few things get you more excited than the days leading up to the start of each season. Not only do you have months of games to look forward to, but months of tailgates and pregame feasts as well. If you aren't careful that glorious smorgasbord can turn into a health-wrecking calorie-bomb of fat and salt. Whether you "tailgate" at the stadium or from the comfort of your own couch, a few simple changes to the menu can shave off 1,000 calories (or more!) from your next celebration.
The Traditional Spread.
If you are used to preparing and consuming a typical menu, by the time kickoff rolls around your food log may look something like the chart below. While it may taste great, it can drastically derail any healthy diet.
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The list below still has the same basic types of food, simply with healthier choices. Making a few common-sense substitutions and changing the plan can save you over 1,000 calories!
While everyone's spread will look different, the same basic ideas can apply. The next time you start planning your tailgate, remember:
Lite beer can be 50-100 calories less per can or bottle
Choose low-fat cracker-cut cheese and turkey-pepperoni instead of the full-fat alternatives
Avoid high-calorie dips like sour cream and melted cheese
Pick lean-meat burgers or grilled chicken for the grill
Look for whole-wheat or baked chips and crackers.
Diet soda will save you from tons of unecessary added sugar and calories
There's no reason why you can't enjoy the football season without wrecking your diet!