How to Tailgate Without Bulking up like a Football Player
The Quickie Chick's Cheat Sheet
by Laurel House of QuickieChick
More than the beefy football players, the ball whizzing through the air, and the face-painted screaming fans, tailgating can be the best part of football season. You get to pre-game with your slap-happy friends, gorging on brats, wings, and dogs, and washing it all down with pitchers of full-bodied beer. Translation: calories, fat, carbs…oh and lots of fun! Fun aside, football season can be torture for any diet-dedicated fan. In fact, it can even result in a 10-pound weight gain. Yes.
Thankfully, you can still have just as much fun without packing on the pounds (transforming from a tight end into a wide receiver by season’s end). And you don’t have to rain on the game to do it.
Do: Animal Style, Protein Turkey Burger (a la In ‘n’ Out) no cheese
Bite with Benefits: Onions are detoxifiers and boosted with the flavonoid quercetin, an antioxidant believed to help block cancer cells.
Do: Animal Style Turkey Dog
White Meat fat-free turkey dog topped with grilled onions, sauerkraut, ketchup, wrapped in lettuce (not bun).
Don’t: Bratwurst slathered with mayo
Why: Fat, fat, fat, plus carbs from the bun.
Do: Spiked Potato Salad
Use fat-free Greek yogurt instead of mayo to minimize fat and calories and spike it with horseradish.
Don’t: Potato Salad
WHY: The mayo makes this “salad” super fatty.
Do: No Bones About It Boneless Chicken Strips
Grilled or baked chicken tenderloin or breast strips with Sriracha chili sauce
Don’t: Buffalo Wings
Do: PopChips and Half-Fat Guacamole
Guac substitute half of the avocado with chopped cucumber. Plus add jalapeño and a squeeze of lemon. You’ll get a punchier guac with less fat that actually help burn calories for you! Here’s the recipe.
Don’t: Chips and Dip
…and for dessert:
Do: Guinness Float
Three scoops low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt topped with Guinness (only 135 calories per can). Yes there are calories, but you will fill up and feel like you are splurging! Here’s the recipe.
Grilled or baked chicken tenderloin or breast strips with Sriracha chili sauce.
Don’t: Baked Goods
Why: Fat, carbs, sugar… lots of it in each little bite.