Somehow, August is already coming to a close, and the College Football Season is here again! Can't say I'm sad to be back in the world of tailgates and rooting for our alma maters, but I can say I haven't missed traditional tailgating food. Store-bought buffalo wings, frozen hamburger patties, and bags of chips really aren't my jam for feeling good and enjoying a day. With that in mind, as the season kicks off this weekend, consider bringing one (or all!) of these healthy tailgating recipes to your next football game - whether it is college, high school, or the NFL.
There are three things these healthy tailgating recipes have in common: they are high in protein, don't have simple carbohydrates, and include a healthy fat source. This is in contrast to the normal array of fried, quickly digesting, and low protein options you'll often see on the fold out tables at tailgates. They're also all easy to make, travel well, and don't have to be extremely hot to enjoy. So, if you don't have a grill, don't sweat it. Prepare these before you go, and enjoy on game day, hassle free.
I know what you're thinking, "how are chicken skewers easy?" But give it a chance, and you'll see. The issue with skewering most food is that it is cut into too many pieces, and you have to thread it on tons of sticks. With this style of skewer, it is easier than that. Here's what you need:
If you've been to a southern football tailgate, you know that the noon kickoff means you'll be at the stadium before 8:00 am. For some people, I'm guessing the chips and dip taste good at that time. For me, I'm a fan of "breakfast food," so I'm looking for some eggs or oatmeal. Eggs don't travel well, but oatmeal does. Thanks to this recipe from the Macro Chef, you can get your protein and oatmeal at the same time.
You can make these well ahead of time, store, and bring to the tailgate with you to enjoy in the morning!
In September, and in many places into October, football season still feels a lot like summer. It is hot. You are outside. You see the concession stands with the lemon ice's and ice cream sandwiches...your nutrition takes a major back seat. We're big fans of enjoying life, but don't let it be an every-time-you're-tempted thing. This extremely simple "ice cream" with only 5 ingredients (if you count the ice) is absolutely delicious, and after freezing can be stored in a cooler for up to 3 hours. Sounds like the perfect treat before walking into the game.
There you have it. 3 completely different, healthy tailgating recipes for your next big tailgate event. And don't feel confined to using these just AT the tailgate. If you are having a cookout at home, these work just as well for that event, too.