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Hy-Vee Dietitian: Healthy Tailgating

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Do you often feel like your weekend tailgate is ruining your weekly attempts to eat healthy? We are right in the middle of football season and for many people that means it is time for tailgating. Many people eat more than they need at tailgates because food is set out and available most of the day and oftentimes the choices are not the healthiest.

Follow these simple steps to build a healthier tailgate for you and your friends!

Add more fruits and vegetables

o You can make vegetables fun by serving them with healthy dips such as hummus and guacamole.
o Drizzling chocolate or caramel sauce over fruit makes a nice sweet treat to replace a dessert - and drizzling the sauce instead of dipping often decreases the amount of the sauce you eat while making it look more fun.

Switch to whole grains

o Choosing whole grain chips, crackers, buns and tortillas with increase fiber. Fiber helps you feel full and can reduce snacking.

Decrease fat

o You can use a fat-free Greek yogurt instead of sour cream or mayonnaise in dip recipes to reduce fat as well as using lower-calorie condiments.

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip
Serving size: 2 tbsp.
Number of servings: 16

All you need:
16 oz plain non-fat Greek yogurt
1 (1 oz) package Hidden Valley Ranch Dips mix

All you do:
1. Mix yogurt and ranch dip mix in a bowl.
2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours

Source: Hy-Vee dietitian

Nutrition information per serving:
Calories: 22.5, Carbohydrate: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Dietary Fiber: 0g, Total Fat: 0g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Protein: 3g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Sodium: 253mg