In our final post on this topic, we discuss half time activities and other helpful tips!
Half Time is Not Nap Time
- Take advantage of the half time break by getting up and moving!
- Grab a buddy and head out for a brisk walk. Enjoy the crisp fall air and the sights of the leaves changing colors.
- Don’t just watch the game; instead be inspired to coordinate your own game of pick-up football in the front yard. Losers do dishes!
- Help the host/hostess clear plates. Walking back and forth across the living room clearing plates is one way to burn off those whole grain chips.
- Don’t come to a tailgate on an empty stomach, which will most likely cause you to overeat. Instead, eat a healthy breakfast packed with protein so you will arrive feeling satisfied.
- Volunteer to host the tailgate. This will give you more control of the menu. However, if you are a tailgate guest, make sure to prepare a healthy dish everyone will enjoy.
- Grilling is one of the healthiest ways to prepare food options, so have fun with it! Also remember to opt for baking and broiling instead of deep-frying.
- Food that is out of sight is out of mind. Set up your folding chair away from the food table so you will not be tempted to overindulge. If you are hosting, set up a time when the food will be put away such as half time. This way your guests are not tempted to graze and nibble over the course of a four-hour game.
- Choose a small appetizer plate when selecting your food options. Using a smaller plate will help you choose smaller portions.
- Resist going back for seconds. Eat slowly and enjoy each bite.
- If you can, pre-portion your tailgate dish so guests do not fall victim to their stomach’s appetite.
- Include nutritional information on small note cards, so guests know exactly what ingredients are in each dish as well as nutritional value. Okay, maybe this is overkill but it’s a thought!
Remember, football season does not have to be the off-season for your healthy diet! Please share any favorite tailgate tips or recipes of your own below.
With assistance from future RDN Ashley Martens