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Department of Wellness

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Healthy Tailgating

Healthy food at an OSU tailgate

Tailgating the Heart-Healthy Way

  • Start with fresh ingredients. Cut up a platter of fresh fruit and veggies to make a colorful and low-calorie snack to munch on before half-time.
  • Fresh black bean or tomato-based salsas are delicious and go well with pita chips, baked chips, or chips made with liquid oils (check ingredient list on the food label). A half cup of queso cheese dip is 180 calories and 10 grams of fat----more than a scoop of ice cream and that’s not including the chips. Switch to salsa and you only get 35 calories and 0 grams of fat.
  • Keep the water cool and plentiful. The calories in alcohol add up quickly and dehydration can cause headaches, dizziness, and decreased energy. Remember you want to enjoy the game and not suffer from a hangover.
  • For an alternative to hot dogs and hamburgers, try grilled pork tenderloin or grilled chicken wrap. Marinate your chicken a few hours before grilling. Fill a wrap with chicken, lettuce or spinach leaves, tomatoes, light dressing, and a bit of shredded cheese.
  • Fire up the grill and try barbecuing chicken breasts and roasted sweet corn or vegetable kebobs.
  • Air-popped popcorn or the no trans- fat light variety is a good substitute for nuts and cheese crackers. Three cups of popcorn provides only 80 calories versus 240 for a handful of nuts.
  • On cool days, make chili with lean meat or lean ground turkey with beans or make great tasting cowboy chili with black beans and sweet potatoes.
  • It’s easy to overeat when watching a game. Keep the focus on the sport and not your stomach.


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