by Lexi Petronis
Yanes,Romulo AThere's no reason to resort to the same-old, same-old at a tailgating party. I mean, just because you're stuck in a parking lot doesn't mean you can't get a little fancy--and still be healthful about it.
That's why nutritionist Rania Batayneh, MPH, author of The One One Diet, came up with these smart snacks for your next tailgate:
* "Replace boring crackers and bulky breads with all-natural Old London Melba Snacks. These flavorful snacks have a gratifying crunch and baked, whole-grain goodness to keep you full and satisfied. Old London Melba Snacks have fewer calories, less fat and sugar, and more fiber and protein than regular crackers. The Sea Salt flavor is my favorite--I like to serve the snacks sweet with goat cheese or figs and honey, or savory with lox and cream cheese."
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* "Just two tablespoons of America's favorite dip--blue cheese or ranch--will set you back 140 calories and 14 grams of fat. And that's if you're sticking to the serving size! For your next tailgating party, give your guests an alternative with hummus--it goes with veggies and buffalo or chicken wings. Sabra Hummus comes in 15 different flavors; go with the Classic Hummus or, if you want an extra kick, try the Supremely Spicy flavor. With filling fiber and protein, two creamy tablespoons pack just 70 calories and 5 grams of fat. Most of the fat in hummus is polyunsaturated-a good fat that can help lower cholesterol."
* "If you're looking for crunch and spice but need an alternative to nuts or trail mix, try Crunchy Chickpeas from Saffron Road. I love mixing all three flavors in one bowl: Bombay Spice, Falafel, and Wasabi. A one-ounce serving contains 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fat. They use organic chickpeas that are non-GMO project verified and certified gluten-free by GFCO."
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* "Jerky makes a wonderful tailgating snack for all of the food-savvy and health-conscious gourmands looking for something new to serve. Look for brands like Krave Jerky that use only all-natural, high-quality ingredients.Their flavors range from sweet and tangy to savory and spicy. It's a high-protein snack, and each flavor actually pairs nicely with beer, wine, and cocktails. Try the Garlic Chili Pepper Beef flavor paired with a pale ale or beer."
* "For a simple and healthy 'sandwich,' think about falafel sliders. I love this idea-they're easy to hold while watching football. If the thought of making falafel is overwhelming, don't worry! There are delicious store-bought options available. My favorite comes from Veggie Patch. The Falafel Chickpea Balls are easy to heat up, full of flavor, and delicious with a tzatziki dressing. This is a perfect alternative that both meat-eaters and vegetarians will love."
What are your favorite tailgate foods? Would you try any of these substitutions?
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by Lexi Petronis