11 Tailgate Foods That Won't Hurt Your Waistline

Your tailgate can be full of flavor and plenty of fun and still be healthy
zucchini fries

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Zucchini fries should be the newest addition to a healthy tailgate.

You shouldn’t feel that going to a tailgate will automatically mean an end to your healthy diet. You can still enjoy your favorite tailgate recipes while watching your waistline. You won’t believe that you can still eat your favorite snacks — and even a chocolate cupcake — while staying fit.

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Many tailgate staples such as grilled chicken and vegetable platters with dip, are approved for a healthy diet, but if you are worried that there may not be many sensible options available, make some healthy creations of your own. You can bring your own veggie burgers, homemade salad, or sweet potato chips. That way, you do not have to depend on other people to bring healthy tailgate foods.

During a tailgate, the most important things you can do are to drink plenty of water and portion out your food. If you are hovering over the snack table and drinking too much alcohol, you may be more inclined to eat too much. Staying active during a tailgate can prevent you from overeating, too. When you do choose the foods to eat, opt for nutritious foods that will keep you fuller longer.

Bean Salad

bean salad


A black bean salad can be incorporated into your healthy tailgate.

If you want a fresh, easy, and healthy salad that also pairs nicely with whole-grain chips, try making your own bean salad. Combine pinto beans, black beans, and garbanzo beans with diced onion, garlic, olive oil, and your choice of assorted bell peppers. This colorful creation will be filling and delicious.

Deviled Eggs with Greek Yogurt

healthy deviled eggs


Your healthy deviled eggs are a delicious alternative to the original.


Eggs are a healthy source of protein and deviled eggs will keep you full. If you are in charge of making the deviled eggs, swap out the mayonnaise with Greek yogurt.