Football season is here! And what’s a football game without a proper tailgate? While we love a good tailgate with great friends, tailgating usually involves high-calorie drinks and foods. If you’re participating in our 60 Day Challenge – 60 Days to a Better You, temptation may run high! Achieving your fitness goals shouldn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. You just need to be smart about it.
Here are three great tips for a healthy tailgate. Use these while cheering on your favorite team!
Healthy Tailgating Tip 1: Bring Your Own Food.
Chicken wings, chips and dips, oh my! There is no denying tailgating involves some tasty food. Sure, it’s OK to indulge occasionally, but it’s important to be mindful of not going overboard. Take matters into your own hands, and bring some healthy options that everyone can enjoy such as nuts, hummus, and sliced fruits and veggies. Also, if you’re a sucker for buffalo wings, try out this healthy recipe for buffalo cauliflower bites. You won’t be disappointed!
Healthy Tailgating Tip 2: Stay Hydrated.
Staying hydrated is key throughout the tailgate and football game, especially in the early months of the season when the weather is still warm. Beer is usually the most common drink at a game, which can add up in calories quickly if you lose track. If you’re a beer drinker, consider drinking a bottle of water in between. Not only will it keep you hydrated, but it will also help pace you and fill you up to avoid careless eating.
Healthy Tailgating Tip 3: Stay Active.
The most important part of a tailgate is having fun with your friends and family! Stay as active as possible during the tailgate before you sit down in the stadium for a couple of hours. Grab a group of people and toss the football around. Engage in a game of cornhole. Walk around and mingle with some other fans. Any sort of activity will help.
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