Good-For-You Tailgating Grub

Healthy Meal Ideas, Healthy Recipes and Nutrition
on September 15, 2014
Baked Zucchini Chips
Jo Cooks

Game day gathers family and friends together to enjoy comfort food and festive fall treats. These healthy snacks and sweets are made with few ingredients to keep your tailgate preparation simple, and they are low in sodium, sugar, and fat. The satisfying treats will keep you full and guilt-free so you can focus on the game and not your belly.

Dangerously Cheesy Kale Chips


When a bowl of salty, cheesy chips is within reach, it can be impossible to limit yourself. One Ingredient Chef’s Dangerously Cheesy Kale Chips are made with nutritional yeast, tahini and lemon juice to burst with cheesy flavor without actually using fatty cheese. So skip the Doritos and dig into these leafy chips!

Black Bean Dip with Goat Cheese


Filled with healthy spices, Devour’s Black Bean Dip with Goat Cheese is far more flavorful than simply scooping refried beans into a bowl. This zesty dish will fill you up with a healthy dose of protein and carbs to prepare you for all four quarters.

No-Bake Greek Bites


Party appetizers are easy to gorge on before you realize how much you have consumed. Instead of stuffing yourself on pizza bites, sliders or hot dogs, try No Bake Greek Bites from Stirlist. The Greek pita pizza is stacked with veggies so you consume a fresh, vitamin-rich hors d’oeuvre. 

Baked Zucchini Chips


If you’re craving something a little saltier, Jo CooksBaked Zucchini Chips are a nutritious replacement for potato chips. Made with zucchini, lime, salt and pepper, this healthy snack takes minimal effort to prepare for a game day party.

Sweet and Tangy Black Bean and Corn Salsa


 Salsa, dip, hummus—these are all easy party snacks that please a crowd. Refrain from buying a pre-made dip or salsa with lots of ingredients. The fresh Sweet and Tangy Black Bean and Corn Salsa from The Pretty Bee is a simple recipe made with healthy, raw ingredients.

Baked Eggplant Parmesan Chips


Laurenda Marie’s Baked Eggplant Parmesan Chips is a healthy snack for cheese-lovers. The chips retain a bit of chewiness to give them a unique texture. Add a few of these chips to your plate for natural protein and calcium.

Roasted Pumpkin Pie Chickpeas


Bring the taste of fall to the tailgate with Produce On Parade’s Roasted Pumpkin Pie Chickpeas. Enjoy the flavor of pumpkin pie in an easy-to-share recipe that has less fat and calories than pumpkin breads, pies or muffins.

Caramel Apple Scones


Surprisingly, the sweet and cake-like Caramel Apple Scones from Amy’s Healthy Baking are low-fat and only 160 calories apiece. Greek yogurt gives the scones a moist texture, and the baked apples will make you forget about that sugary apple pie.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


Trial and Eater’s Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are made with pumpkin spice and pumpkin puree to create a rich fall flavor, and the oatmeal adds a healthful boost. The recipe makes a batch of four-dozen addicting cookies, so keep in mind these are no longer healthy if you snag a dozen!

Flourless Chocolate Chip Brownies


Brownies are a must-have at any gathering. The popular treat is by no means nutritious, but Primavera Kitchen’s Flourless Chocolate Chip Brownies are made with almond butter and cocoa powder instead of flour and sugar. This brownie alternative is extra fudgy because of these healthier ingredient replacements.

Greek Yogurt Truffles

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Honey & FigsGreek Yogurt Truffles are made with three ingredients: chocolate, Greek yogurt and coconut flakes. Truffles are generally full of heavy cream and sugar, but this lighter version will taste just as sweet so no one will even tell the difference!

Healthy Chocolate Fudge


Fudge is a great way to finish off a meal without indulging in a large portion of dessert. The Healthy Chocolate Fudge from Simple Green Moms is made with five ingredients to keep the treat low in sugar. Almond butter adds a nutty flavor while keeping a creamy consistency.