7 Healthy Tailgating Tips

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We aren’t huge football fans, but we do head to a game once or twice a year and we go to many parties during the season.  So, I’m always trying to come up with ways to save some calories and not go overboard while tailgating and  when we head to other people’s houses to watch the game.  The big game for us was yesterday when Arizona State (mine and hubbyman’s alma matter) took on University of Arizona (our rivals and my sister’s alma matter).  Oh, it’s a HUGE game for us!

Here are a few of my tailgating tips:

1. Eat something light before you head to the game.  You never know what everyone will bring and this will keep you from binging on all those chips, cookies, and other things you’re trying to avoid.

2. Scope out all the food before digging in.  Make a concious effort to pick foods that are good for you.  Make the best choices you can!

3. Fill up on protein, fruit and veggies.  Pick lean, grilled proteins and fresh fruit and veggies to fill up the majority of your plate.

4. Take a dish that you know is healthy.  My vote is a couple bags of PopChips and a bowl of hummus!  They are delicious and easy on the thighs!  My favorite are the Sweet Potato PopChips and the new Nacho Cheese Tortilla chips.  Both are full of mouth watering flavor…I want to know how they make a product without all the guilt and a lot of fat and unnatural ingredients.

Try this Roasted Garlic Hummus Recipe from The Village Cook…it looks amazing!

5. Drink plenty of water.  Skip the soda and alcohol, but if you must make sure to drink a big glass of water between each soda or alcoholic beverage.  Not only will it help keep you hydrated, it will help keep you from getting drunk, and limits the calories you consume!

6. Brink a pack of sugar-free gum. Chew a couple pieces to freshen your breath, clean your teeth, and keep you from grazing at the table of goodies.

7. Step away from the table!  Grab a seat, when your plate is full and relax….it will keep you from mindlessly grazing.  However, when you’re done, get up, take a walk and socialize with other tailgaters.  Work off those calories.

Headed out to a game, I’ve got you covered with an awesome gift pack from Pop Chips Arizona, including a variety of PopChips, swag, and $50 gift card to shop for all your tailgating needs!

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Disclaimer: PopChips Arizona provided me with an assortment of chips and is providing the giveaway! Tailgating tips, content, and opinions are my own.  Images from Popchips, The Village Cook, FreeDigitalPhotos.net (marin and John Kasawa).

Comments

  1. Beverly Altuzarra says:

    Thanks for the contest!! HAPPY HOLIDAY’S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. bobbie worden says:

    cool

  3. I like to make something to bring so I know it’s healthy and I like the Original popchips.

  4. Margaret Smith says:

    My favorite flavor is the Sour Cream & onion. We also like to make some fresh veggies, like celery and carrots sticks and a healthy dip. Also we make little turkey wraps using lean turkey & lettuce.

  5. very nice!

  6. sour cream & onion

  7. Kellie Rose Wilson says:

    Cheddar! I love bringing healthy greek yogurt dip and veggies to tailgating!

  8. I think the last one is key…and the one I have the toughest time abiding by!

  9. I like the Barbecue Potato flavor. Cut up veggies with a no fat greek yogurt dip is always a good choice for snacking or tailgaiting.

  10. I like the sour cream & onion flavor :) When we tailgate we always bring a football & burn off some calories with our own little game before the big game! Great way to meet other tailgaters too!

  11. Monique Rizzo says:

    Cheddar! I love bring veggies to tailgate.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

  12. The nacho Cheese TortillaCHips look yummy

  13. Love to try the BBQ flavor popchips. We like veggies and dip!

  14. Barbara Montag says:

    I like to drink a couple of extra glasses of water before partying – calms down my appetite.
    And I like the Ranch flavor – thank you!

  15. CATHY TRUMAN says:

    We bring fresh fruit and veggies for snacks
    I like the Ranch Flavor Chips.

  16. Cheddar flavor.

  17. beth shepherd says:

    I like the sour cream and onion and my favorite tip for is bring sliced veggies and fruits for healthy and quick snacks.

  18. I bring the chili, like the Barbecue Potato

  19. Sour cream & onion

  20. I would like the cheddar flavor.

  21. Laura Jacobson says:

    Oh the sour cream and onion sounds really good to me! As for a healthy tailgating tip…hmm….I think you have alot of it covered :) We do like to put different snacks in little baggies…..so we each get one…and we know whats in their and how much…rather than just grabbing in the bags. Using the individual baggies we do not eat as much!

  22. Sweet Potato!!! :)

  23. Kyl Neusch says:

    bring veggies, like the Sour Cream & onion

  24. Mary Calabrese says:

    I’m boring. I’d like Original.

  25. I’d like to try the salsa tortilla chips.

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

  26. I like sea salt and vinegar. You pretty much covered it all, but I like to make sure I eat before heading out so I’m not liable to grab and eat everything.

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  27. My favorite is the Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips

  28. i like the cheddar flavor. I always take a veggie and low fat ranch tray. The ranch isn’t super healthy, but its better than alot of tail gating “junk” that is served.

  29. bbq is my fav flavor

  30. For a healthier tailgating party, I skip the high calorie dips and spreads and make my own veggie-packed salsa and low-fat hummus.

    My favorite flavor Popchip would have to be the Salt & Pepper – thanks!

  31. Angela Cisco says:

    You can make veggie kabbobs. My favorite are barbeque

  32. dani marie says:

    sour cream and onion.

  33. Terry Cross says:

    My tip is to prepare as much as you can ahead of time. My favorite flavor is barbecue

  34. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    I like the plain ones with sea salt
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  35. If you pack healthy foods then you can’t help but eat healthy.

  36. I don’t really have any tips. I don’t do tailgating. I like the tips you gave though!

    I would love to try the parmesan garlic.

  37. Miz Vickik says:

    You can’t go wrong with a bag of apples or oranges!

  38. Mary Cloud says:

    I love the Sour Cream and Onion flavor – veggie trays with dip are a good healthy thing for tailgating
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  39. Tracy Allen says:

    Sea Salt and vinegar are my favorite.
    For healthy snack you can’t beat celery and hummus

  40. Dorothy Deakyne says:

    My favorite flavor is the Sour Cream & onion.. would also make a relish tray of raw vegetables

  41. Brittney House says:

    Grill chicken instead of fatty meats like brats and beef. I also like the parmesan garlic.

  42. joseph gersch jr says:

    Sour Cream & onion

  43. Nicole C. says:

    I don’t really have any tailgating tips, but my favorite Popchips flavor is sea salt & vinegar.

  44. Veggie trays ALWAYS get eaten, I think it’s a relief to people along with all the greasy offerings. Sweet potato is my fave flavor.

  45. I don’t think I have any tips that you haven’t mentioned, I’d most like to try sea salt and vinegar and also jalapeno

  46. Susan Smith says:

    I like the Barbecue Potato flavor. I cut up veggies and bring a low fat dip for tailgating.

  47. I’ve never had any popchips so I don’t have a favorite flavor, but I’d love to try them!!

  48. Aimee Fontenot says:

    Use lower calorie/fat items if possible when preparing your tailgating food and prepare as much as you can in advance. I would love to try the Parmesan and Garlic POPchips.

  49. susan smoaks says:

    i always cut up some fresh fruits and veggies and take them with us when we tailgate. they are easy to much on! i love the sour cream and onion pop chips!

  50. Jeanette H. says:

    Sour Cream & Onion and we like snacking on fruits and veggies (:

  51. Lisa Garner says:

    My favorite flavor is parmesan garlic.

  52. Heather S says:

    sour cream and onion

  53. the sea salt and vinegar are my favorite.

  54. My favorite tailgating tip is to partner up so you’re not stuck bringing too much on your own.
    My favorite flavor PopChip is Jalepeno.

  55. Vikki Billings says:

    When I make food for tailgating or game day, I always make a veggie tray and a fruit tray. My favorite chip flavor would have to be the Parmesan and garlic

  56. Trisha McKee says:

    Cheddar would probably be my favorite.

  57. Samantha Meyer says:

    Make sure there are lots of napkins!! I like the salt and vinegar

  58. Have a variety of fruit and vegetable options because everyone loves those!

  59. Thanks for the giveaway…we like Jalapeno ! Our tip: a designated driver for the trip home from Sun Devil Stadium, post-game !

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