October Nutrition: Tailgating Tips

Football season is going strong and that means tailgating is in full swing. However, navigating the food and beverage can make leave you feeling like the underdog. Be prepped and ready to go with healthy game day choices!

  1. Be Prepared. Never show up to a party or tailgate starving. It’s smart to eat a meal or snack before heading out to make sure that the temptations at the party don’t get the best of you. No one ever made a good decision while hungry. Make sure your meal or snack contains both fiber and protein to keep you full and from overeating at the party.
  2. Stay Hydrated. Plain water, unsweetened tea, or sparkling water make great drinks. When we are thirsty, we tend to overeat. Also, having a drink in your hand all day can help ward off those who are constantly offering you more food and beverages. Remember that calories from alcohol don’t only add up quickly, but they also increase hunger!
  3. BYO Food. Do not rely on other people to bring healthy snacks, because chances are, they won’t! Fruit trays, veggie trays, antipasto platters or no bake energy bites all make great tailgating snacks.
  4. Beat the Buffet. Survey all offerings before loading up your plate to make sure you don’t fill up on the “bad” stuff and skimp on the “good.” Eat from a plate instead of continuously grazing. This will help you keep track of how much you are eating.

Tips provided by our Nutritionist: Kim Albritton