Healthy Tailgating: 11 Easy Recipes (Slideshow)

Enjoy the pre-game and keep your summer bod at the same time

Grilled Peach BBQ Chicken Wings

Taste of Home

If you really want to impress your tailgating party friends, you’ve got to show up with a hell of a chicken wing. This smoky BBQ sauce is perfectly balanced with sweet peach jam dipping sauce, meaning you can kiss your fatty ranch and blue cheese goodbye.

Grilled Vegetable Pizza


Grilled pizza is not only an excellent and simple-to-prepare tailgate snack, but it’s also far more delicious than the standard delivery variety. Cooking it on the grill gives it a perfectly charred crust so you’ll have less of a greasy mess.

BBQ Turkey Sliders


While burgers at a tailgate are absolutely delicious, you can easily achieve the meat-between-buns goal without the heaviness of an over-sized beef patty. Make these quick turkey burgers ahead of time. Then, all you have to do is throw them on the grill and feed your hungry tailgaters the burger of their dreams.

Tofu, White Bean, and Garlic Dip


White bean dip is a staple for all of my tailgating excursions; the addition of tofu makes this one unique. As an added bonus, this dip is ready to go in less than 10 minutes, so if you’re in a rush to make a tailgate snack, this recipe is for you.

Peanut Butter Chicken Skewers


Believe it or not, peanut butter makes an amazing sauce for chicken, so don’t be afraid to bring this tasty dish to your tailgate party instead of the tried-and-true grilled chicken kebabs. Make these ahead of time and quickly reheat them on the grill, or enjoy them cold, with some extra peanut butter sauce on the side for dipping.

Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas


Quesadillas are super simple to prepare on a grill, and the only prep you’ll need to do is making the filling ahead of time. Bring some aluminum foil with you so you can wrap the tortillas if you feel like your flipping skills aren’t up to par.

Grilled Mango and Sirloin Kebabs

Jane Bruce

This kebab is a perfect tailgate snack since it’s handheld and mess-free. Make sure your mango is not overly ripe; otherwise, it will be too soft and will fall apart during grilling.

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Jane Bruce

These grilled sweet potatoes are essentially sweet potato chips, and everyone loves potato chips at a tailgate! Prepare the cilantro lime dressing to accompany the smoky chips, or dip them in just about any of the other dips that you’ve prepared for the day.

Grilled Garlic Eggplant Dip


Dip is so, so important to tailgating, because it’s easy to hold a chip or veggie stick with dip in one hand and a drink in the other! This babaganoush is super simple to whip up ahead of time, and the addition of the grilled garlic gives it a delightful smoky flavor that will make it the hit of the party.

Avocado Greek Yogurt Dip


It’s likely that several of your dip selections for your tailgate party will be mayonnaise-based, so go ahead and counteract that heaviness by making this dip with avocado and Greek yogurt instead. You’ll still get the satisfaction of a rich and creamy dip, but without all of the added fat.

Tomatillo Guacamole Dip

Skinny Dips

The addition of tomatillos to this guacamole makes it a truly amazing creation; you can even roast them on your tailgating grill to throw in with the rest of the pre-made ingredients. If you don’t have a grill with you on game day, have no fear, for you can roast and prepare these green beauties ahead of time.