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Healthy Tailgating Recipes You Won’t Be Ashamed to Serve this Saturday

Posted by ReganJonesRD
October 27, 2016
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Looking for the perfect healthy tailgating recipe? Check out these 8 amazing choices!

If you want to eat healthy while tailgating, but don't want to be "that girl" that brings tasteless dishes, these recipes are for you. Check out our favorite healthy tailgating recipes!

~by Regan Jones, RD

If tailgating or college football is not your passion, I *think* we can still be friends. Let's just agree to disagree on the particulars of whether or not God created Saturdays in the fall for football.

He did. End of discussion.

But I will acknowledge that if you've never been to a football game down south, you may be surprised that our version of tailgating has nothing to do with tailgates. The idea of hanging out in a parking lot eating food off of the backend of a truck is, I agree, not worthy of outdoor party level planning (in my humble opinion). But that's not how we roll. 

Looking for the perfect healthy tailgating recipe? Check out these 8 amazing choices!

Good Southern gals and gents know that proper tailgating involves tents on lawns, swanky spreads of foods and deliciously festive football beverages. And while healthy tailgating recipes may not be at the top of everyone's list, they're at the top of mine. I believe in good food and drink, but I wouldn't have made a career out of healthy eating if I didn't believe that all those things could exist together. 

To prove it to you, my friends and fellow football lovers, I've rounded up my personal favorite (and simple) healthy tailgating recipes with a bonus cookie recipe at the end for those of us who would rather leave the store-bought cookies on the shelf and off of our tailgating table.  

Looking for the perfect healthy tailgating recipe? Check out these 8 amazing choices!

Barbecue Shrimp

A true southern staple, Barbecue Shrimp is made for those long days where there's plenty of beer on tap that needs a little spicy peel and eat shrimp to go with it.

Looking for the perfect healthy tailgating recipe? Check out these 8 amazing choices!

Skinny Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Sure Spinach-Artichoke Dip is not new to the tailgating table, but as a healthy tailgating recipe choice? Now that's something new! Check out the surprisingly healthy ingredient that makes it super creamy, while adding a nice dose of healthy fiber.

Looking for the perfect healthy tailgating recipe? Check out these 8 amazing choices!

Smoky Sweet Potato Dip

I gotta admit hometeam pride on this one. My blue-and-orange dip combo is an homage to my Alma Mater, the Auburn Tigers. This is THE perfect recipe to make for a healthy tailgating if your team sports orange and blue.

Looking for the perfect healthy tailgating recipe? Check out these 8 amazing choices!

Lightened Pimento Cheese

Sometimes, creating a healthier tailgate is simply about making small changes to already delicious recipes. With a combo of mayo and yogurt, cheddar and light cheddar, I've trimmed fat and calories from classic pimento cheese with sacrificing taste.

Looking for the perfect healthy tailgating recipe? Check out these 8 amazing choices!

Boiled Peanuts

You haven't lived southern football 'til you've cracked open a boiled peanut and sucked out that salty brine. They're amazingly addictive and equally as healthy. Good fiber, protein and can't-stop taste.

Looking for the perfect healthy tailgating recipe? Check out these 8 amazing choices!

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

What I love about this salsa recipe is that it feeds a crowd and they don't even realize it's healthy! High in fiber (thank you beans) and vitamin C (thank you peppers) this is the ultimate healthy tailgating recipe that I go to time after time.

Looking for the perfect healthy tailgating recipe? Check out these 8 amazing choices!

Roasted Yellow Pepper Hummus

Okay, I confess... there are lots of REALLY great hummus brands that you could easily pick up from the store. And if you do, grab a big batch of veggies to dip with. But if you're keen to try your hand at this super simple dip, here's the perfect recipe to start with.

 

I can't say how the football season will end for my favorite football team. But I am certain with enough good food and good drink, it won't be a total loss.  

Looking for the perfect healthy tailgating recipe? Check out these 8 amazing choices!

Looking for the perfect healthy tailgating recipe to serve this weekend? Check out these 8 quick & easy options!
Looking for the perfect healthy tailgating recipe? Check out these 8 amazing choices!

Oatmeal Chocolate Cherry Crisp Cookies

Yield

24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. (These cookies do tend to stick).
  2. In mixing bowl of a large stand mixer, cream together butter and brown sugar. Add egg and continue beating until smooth (do not overbeat). Mix in the vanilla and honey. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; beat into butter mixture. Beat in oats, dried cherries and chocolate chips.
  3. Scoop dough out by spoonfuls at least 2 inches apart on baking sheet (cookies will spread). Bake for 12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned and center is golden. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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Calories 134
Carbohydrates 19.4g
Fiber 1.3g
Sugar 12.9g
Fat 5.8g
Protein 1.5g
Sodium 104mg
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ReganJonesRD

ReganJonesRD
Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org.
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