Tips for a Delicious & Healthy Tailgating Season
Make Fruits and Veggies a Highlight
Alongside traditional finger foods like tortilla chips and pretzels, fruits and vegetables make a nice change of pace. Try adding celery and carrot sticks, strips of bell peppers and broccoli florets. Fruits such as small grape clusters, apple and orange slices or even pineapples on toothpicks offer a new element to classic snack trays. Make fresh produce more enticing by offering a variety of colors, pairing them with flavorful dips or displaying them in innovative ways, like fruit kabobs on skewers.
Break dip tradition by offering lighter, more nutritious versions of the classics. A few ideas include edamame hummus, white bean or beet spread, succotash, guacamole, and spinach and artichoke dip that uses silken tofu instead of a heavy cream. These will still pair nicely with everyone’s favorite snack foods.
Create Plant-Based Versions of Your Favorite Recipes
It’s easy to swap in plant-based recipes for tailgating staples. For instance, cauliflower makes a great substitute for chicken in Buffalo wings, veggie burgers can still be piled high with the same toppings and condiments, meatless chili can still have bulk from beans or tempeh, and a vegan mac and cheese can still be smoky, creamy and hearty.
Bake, Grill or Air Fry
Instead of serving high-fat, fried and greasy foods this year, try new preparation methods that yield healthier results. For example, make air-fried vegetable sticks, empanadas, or beet and sweet potato chips. Rather than pan-frying your main dishes, try baking or grilling them to reduce fat content.For more healthy tailgating ideas, visit ShopRite.com or your local in-store ShopRite dietitian. Office locations are conveniently listed at ShopRite.com.