The Ultimate Tailgate Healthy Eating Guide

 I don't know if you're a big football fan or not, I consider myself a medium fan-one that can watch the game but prefers to just hangout at the tailgate, but chances are you'll probably be heading a football game at some point this year.

And, typically when you head to a game, you're likely going to a tailgate too!

And what is there at a tailgate?

FOOD and the opportunity for you to feel like you're going to fall off the wagon. Most people will feel overwhelmed with the (most likely) not as healthy options that are available there , which you feel like you'll fall victim to.

But, this year, I am not going to let that happen to you. I am not going to let you feel like just because you had one day of fun that all your efforts have melted away, because you deserve better.

I know that feeling, that contemplating eating another wing because you're hungry but have the deep fear that you'll mess everything up.

I get that. I know that feeling.

But this year, kiss that feeling good bye because I got a nifty tip sheet for you! If you follow me on Instagram, you know what I am talking about!

Let's stop wasting time and check it out!

Really, this is exactly what I practice and what I share with my clients every week. It can be that simple.

Here's the gist

-Try going with lighter beers throughout the day tailgate and game to minimize your risk of hangover and to lighten up the calories. Another great idea is to go with vodka and soda water with fruit or a glass of wine

 

-Make and have your potato or pasta salad as an oil based salad. You'll cut down on saturated fat and calories, while still enjoying a treat. You can even make your pasta salad with whole wheat pasta or a bean based pasta to improve the protein content to fill you up more!

 

-Wait and see if you're actually hungry for dessert. Most times, you won't even be hungry for the excess empty calories when you choose a higher protein snack or meal to have there!

 

-Pulled pork or chicken is a lean and tasty way to get some protein in which not going crazy on calories! Put the sauce on the side so you can control how much you're having.

 

-Make some roasted chickpeas in the oven or in the Air Fryer for a protein and fiber packed snack that is lower in calories and fat than salted nuts!

So, I am going to challenge you to give this a shot this weekend. Make these small swaps, eat more mindfully of how you're feeling, and just enjoy the time.

Please don't wake up the next day mad at yourself that you had fun. That you enjoyed some heavier foods or wasn't as active as you usually are. Forgive yourself. Enjoy the day and have fun.

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