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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 22, 2014

Score a tailgating touchdown with these tips

By DEE SANDQUIST, Hy-Vee Dietian | Oct 10, 2013

Score a tailgating touchdown this season when you team tasty tips with healthy hints! Create crowd-pleasing dishes that are both nutritious and delicious. Cut the calories and savor the flavor of your favorite recipes by making new nutritional trade-ups. With just a few simple suggestions, take your next tailgating menu from “the usual” to game day greatness!
Nutritious and delicious tailgating dishes are sure to become fan favorites! To turn your traditional tailgating recipes from full fat to full flavor, try these tasty tips:
• Add more veggies. Use plenty of produce in your game-day dishes. Try reducing the amount of meat in your chili or sloppy Joe recipe and adding lower-calorie tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, corn or bell peppers instead. Vegetables pack a big nutritional punch in very few calories.
• Lean meats matter. For better burgers, opt for lean meats. Choose ground beef that is at least 90%-lean. Experiment with ground turkey, chicken and vegetarian alternatives for tailgating variety.
• Fill up on fiber. More fiber will not only help you feel full longer, but also avoid overeating those game day goodies. Hy-Vee Bakery Fresh whole grain breads and buns are a great way to add more fiber to your sports celebrations.
• More flavor, not fat. Add flavor to food with herbs and spices. Opt for low-calorie condiments such as ketchup and mustard rather than mayonnaise. Use reduced-fat cheese, sour cream and cream cheese rather than their full-fat alternatives for deceptively delicious dishes. Try serving a Greek yogurt dip with whole grain chips for a simple, but sensible snack.
The information is not intended as medical advice.   Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

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