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The Ultimate Healthy Tailgate Foods

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As we say so long to summer, we say good-bye to sand and sunscreen. But, with the end of summer, we welcome the wonderful world of football.

Not only are football games in full swing, so are tailgating events and their foods. Most of the time, tailgate foods are high in calories and fat. The bottom line, most tailgate foods are not good for you or your family.

This football season, it is very easy to rethink the typical high calorie snacks and enjoy some healthy alternatives. Here are some easy tips to enjoy a healthy football season.

Baked Chips and Salsa.
Salsa is loaded with lycopene and Vitamin A. Baked chips are low in calories and fat.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables.
On wood skewers, you can make fruit kabobs by alternating grapes, strawberries, melon and kiwi. Also, bell peppers, corn on the cob, onions, asparagus, and zucchini are easy to prepare and excellent on the grill. Also, grilled pineapple and apples complement grilled chicken.

Gobble. Gobble. Gobble.
Think turkey brats and turkey hot dogs. Soak the brats and hot dogs in light beer and slather with mustard. Also, use whole grain buns.

Substitute chicken breasts for hamburgers. Grill chicken breasts in light barbeque sauce or with salt and pepper. As an extra treat, add a piece of grilled pineapple for extra taste bud pizzazz. Again, also use whole grain burgers.

The Cooler.
Stock the cooler with light beer, bottled water and diet drinks. For kids, you can add skim milk or low fat chocolate milk.

Easy Desserts.
For a tasty treat, grill peaches with honey. But for the chocolate fans, use dark chocolate which is loaded with antioxidants. Also, replace potato chips with light popcorn and low-salt pretzels.

Remember healthy eating is fun and easy. Remember, you can also be adventurous with your healthy choices. The key to a healthy tailgate party is self-control. If you want to tailgate but do not want to blow your diet, make a deal with yourself before hitting the parking lot. Tell yourself you will be in control and not be overwhelmed by the thought of over indulging. Also, limit yourself to just one or two light beers.

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