10 Tips For Healthy Tailgating Parties
Football season is here. It is time to breakout your jersey, touch up your face paint, and strategize your tailgating plans. Follow these ten healthy tailgating tips to avoid getting a penalty this football season.
Get Ready. Make A list Of Everything You Will Need
- Be sure to include an extra set of utensils, one for raw meats and another for cooked/ready to eat items.
- Don't forget to put a meat thermometer on your list to check the doneness of your scrumptious grilled items. Check out these other tips for safer grilling.
- Add plenty of ice and ice packs to keep you coolers nice and cold! Raw meat and cold foods should be kept below 40 degrees to prevent bacteria from growing.
- Pack hand sanitizer to keep your hands clean.
Get Set. Plan A Healthy Menu
- Make homemade salsa, hummus or guacamole in place of heavy cheese dips and sauces.
- For an extra serving of vegetables, serve hummus and guacamole with carrots, bell pepper strips or cucumber slices in place of chips and crackers.
- Cut back on saturated fat by using ground turkey or chicken to make chili, burgers or meatballs. Check out our ways to savor a healthier chili.
- Serve desserts such as cookies, cupcakes, and brownies in bite-size servings, so you and your guest can try a little bit of each dessert at the party.
Go! Watch Your Team And Make Clean Up Easy
- Toss foods that have been sitting in the temperature danger zone, between 40 and 140 degrees, for longer than 2 hours to prevent foodborne illness.
- When packing up foods, be careful not put now ready-to-eat foods back into containers that had raw or undercooked meat in it previously.
By Alexa Roe, RD, CD
Registered Dietitian, Franciscan Health Lafayette East