Tailgating (Healthy Style!)

Friday, September 06, 2013

The inner foodie in my sees college football season and tailgating as an excuse for food, food, and um food.


Food is great, but so is not having to buy a whole new wardrobe after Fall.

Do you see my dilemma? Tailgating doesn't exactly revolve around healthy foods and cherries in cute containers like in the picture above.

Lucky for me (and you), I'm also an avid blog reader and foodgawker surfer. So, for your viewing pleasure (And because legging season is quickly approaching), here are my favorite healthy tailgating recipes!

1. Skinny Taste's Skinny Baked Mozzarella Sticks- A tailgate always has to have something similar to pizza.

Skinny Baked Mozz Sticks - good for Super Bowl Sunday

2. Cookin Canuck Black Bean Sliders with Creamy California Avocado Sauce- I'm just here drooling, what about you?

Black Bean Sliders Recipe with Creamy California Avocado Sauce | cookincanuck.com

3. Elemental Custard's Creamy Avocado Dip- Is a tailgate complete without some kind of dip? I didn't think so.

Elemental Custard

4. Healthy Tabasco Chicken Wings- Wingstop ain't gonna cut it anymore.

Easy and Healthy Tabasco Chicken Wings Recipe via ChickenRecipeBox.com

5. Brittany's Cheeseless Pizza- As Brittany says, 'Hold the cheese please!' Cheese is no longer a necessary ingredient in pizza. *Mind Blown.*

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6. Amanda's No Bake Almond Fudge Protein Bars- Every tailgate needs dessert. Seriously.

Nut Butter Protein Bars

7. The Graceful Kitchen's Onion Rings- Because why fry onion rings when you can bake them?

Baked Vegan Beer-Battered Onion Rings | The Graceful Kitchen

8. Kurry Leaves Hummus- I'm obsessed with hummus, so why not spread the hummus love?





What are you snacking on during football season?

Personally, I'm a watermelon fan, but when it's finally out of season, grapes on grapes on grapes please!



Do you actually tailgate, or do you 'tailgate' inside?

I think I'm guilty of indoor tailgating. It can be fun too, I promise!

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  1. I think we totally need to have a tailgating party. First we can make all of these amazing recipes and then veg out while watching the game. I'm actually not a huge football fan, but I can like anything when food is involved. :P So when can I come over? ;)
    Oh and I just looked at your last post too, and now I'm seriously excited for fall/winter... I'd forgotten how much fun winter clothing is!!!

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    1. Alex, you are brilliant! I like the whole atmosphere and all the conversations more than the actual football, so I totally am up for just chatting! We can wear nice fall clothes and all veg out!

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  2. Love these healthy options! Come visit me in Chicago and we can tailgate at a Northwestern game! :D

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    1. Northwestern is on my 'Colleges I'm Considering List', so who knows? Maybe one day I can :)

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  3. wow these healthy options look just like the real thing!! i bet they wont leave me feeling a little ill after i devour them all too. double bonus!! nachos, pizza and wings are my jam, but my stomach never feels too good afterwards. but veggies and hummus is a staple! love!!

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    1. I always get stomach aches after football games (especially the Super Bowl!) When I saw Brittany's healthy pizza, I figured I might as well look up some more healthy recipes for myself! Hummus and veggies just HAD to be included!

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  4. I love the idea of healthy style tailgating. Definitely going to add some of these to the list! Genius!! Happy Friday girl!

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  5. Gah! So.much.good.FOOD! We're not really huge on football up here in Canadaland, but that doesn't mean we don't like to eat ;) Thanks for all the great links, lady! And thanks for the link love too.

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    1. I'll tell you a little secret, I'm not really a big football fan down here in Americaland, but I LOVE the food! I had to include your bars! They are seriously the best bars ever! :)

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  6. During football season I immediately gravitate towards snacks like hummus and carrots, fall/pumpkin type snacks, nuts, and warm drinks like hot chocolate and chai tea... so good!

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    1. Oh all of those are my favs! Hummus has become a year round snack for me though :) I can't get enough!

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  7. I REALLY need to make those baked onion rings..yum, yum!

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    1. I actually thought of you when I linked those up! They seemed like something you would've made by now! The whole concept was so cool to me!

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  8. That second and third one look outrageously delish

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    1. I wasn't sure if I could find much healthy tailgating style food, but there was SO much deliciousness all around the internet!

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  9. THANK YOU for this post!! These are so awesome! Btw, have you checked out undressedskeleton's contest? These would be perfect!

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    1. I haven't read her blog this week, so I need to get on it! And thanks Leigha!

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  10. Funny story, we are doing pizza on sunday for football, which I actually don't mind one bit. The place we get it from literally LOADS there pizza with so many veggies, it kind of makes my heart melt :)

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    1. I used to be a cheese pizza girl, but I am LOVING veggies on veggies on veggies on my pizza lately! That sounds so amazing!

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  11. Great post! I miss the college tailgating days.

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    1. Thanks Matt! Maybe you can relive the college days by fake tailgating at home :)

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  12. You have such a great eye for fabulous recipes, they are all making my mouth water, especially those mozzarella sticks!

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    1. I love reading other blogs, and I LOVE sharing cool recipes, so thank you so much! :)

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  13. Those black bean sliders look ridiculous! Thanks for sharing. All these recipes will help me feel better from the glasses of alcohol consumed. :)

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    1. Those are ones I really need to try! I've bought the black beans and everything! Well, if the foods healthier, I think alcohol can be justified! :)

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  14. I cannot wait to make the mozzarella sticks :) Wow. Yeah, I am an indoor tailgater too :)

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    1. Those were totally one of my favs! I don't live in a college town, so sadly indoor tailgating has to suffice! It's still fun though!

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  15. Sorry I've been MIA lately haha- lots of you're lovely posts I need to catch up on! those Black bean sliders look amazing :) Yum! And that picture of the little girl eating watermelon? SO CUTE!

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