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Healthy Tailgating

Unless you’re living under a rock, you know it’s football season. It kicks off (pun totally intended) an awesome string of events like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Just like those holidays, football means a ton of get-togethers. Getting together with friends and family always leads to eating. Tailgating is basically a synonym for temptation. There’s a lot of food and drinks to choose from, so you need to be prepared. You need a game plan. Here’s how to keep that tight end you’ve been working so hard for all this time:




Home Field Advantage

The best way to control what you eat and drink while tailgating is to host the party. If that isn’t an option, offer to supply at least some of the food and drinks. At the very least, bring something for yourself that you know you can eat and enjoy. Don’t go into the game unprepared.

False Start

In an actual game, a false start is totally lame. In tailgating, it’s a great way to prevent over-eating. Have a small, protein packed snack before the party. You’re less likely to make poor choices based on hunger. On the protein note, continue to eat protein packed foods throughout the party. You’ll feel fuller longer, which will come in handy the thirtieth time someone says “You gotta try this!” as they stuff random treats in your face.

Illegal Substitution

Once again, not cool in a real game. For the party? Totally awesome. Don’t be afraid to make last minute changes to the food line up. Do the hosts have chips with the dip? Who cares? Steal some veggies from a different tray and go to town. Another awesome swap? Dip apples in the cheese dip!

Water Boy

Hit the water cooler often! Many times, people confuse thirst for hunger. The last thing you want is to feel hungry when you’ve had plenty to eat. Also, you’ve heard it before, but remember to drink a glass of water between beers. You’ll thank me later.

Control the Clock

Tailgating is a long process, y’all. Be mindful of that. Do something other than eating and drinking to pass the time. If you’re tailgating before the game, play a round of corn hole or lawn golf instead of standing around the food and drinks. If you aren’t staring at the cheese dip or beer, you’re less likely to dive face first into it. If you’re at a party, watch some of the game. Novel idea, right?

No Excessive Celebration

Don’t go overboard. However, you are partying, so don’t deprive yourself. Choose one splurge and enjoy it! You aren’t going to get out of shape from eating one football shaped brownie. Relax. Don’t freak out about stats, either. Tailgating and partying with your friends is not the time to worry too much about your macros. Let loose, but be responsible.


What tips do you have for someone trying to make healthy choices while tailgating, at a party, or just in general?

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18 Responses to Healthy Tailgating

  1. i love this post!! your titles for each section are so creative!! very great tips! have a super day! spa love to you!

  2. Host my own party and eat before the fun starts. Both help with not going overboard.
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  3. Great post! I am glad that I brought a somewhat healthy dish last weekend and I drank lots of water too. Next weekend I am thinking hummus & veggies would be good. There is always way too much good food and drinks. It is tempting to be bad.
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  4. this post is so cute! I agree the best way to not over eat during these big games is host them yourself. You get to pick most of the food.. so you can create healthy options… and you will honestly probably be a little to busy to even eat. (:
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  5. I love this! Makes me wish today was Sunday :-)
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  6. Such a cute post! And great tips too!
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  7. LOVE this post! It’s adorable, and I couldn’t agree more with everything you mentioned!
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  8. Such a cute post with all the football lingo! Can’t wait to share it in my weekly round up on Saturday.

    And I’m with you on drinking water and bringing at least one healthy option to have on hand as big ones to help out.
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  9. What an adorable post! <3 It
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  10. This is too cute. Love how you put it all in football terms. I totally agree. When you can host it is so much easier to select healthier options to serve. Then there is less temptation.
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