7 Healthy Tailgating Tips


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).

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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

  12. 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!

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

  14. 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. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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