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