Tackle Your Tailgating Appetizers

Tackle Your Tailgating Appetizers


By Sheridan Jonas, Contributing Blogger

Appetizers can be a source of sneaky extra calories, and many are high in saturated fat, calories, and sodium. Because we have a tendency to consume food that is in our line of sight, it’s very easy to eat a few too many appetizers at any tailgating party. That’s why it’s important to have a game-day plan for attacking the snack table. Follow these tips to keep your health in check at your next tailgating event.

Tailgating Appetizer Tips

  • Many tailgating parties will have a fruit or vegetable platter as one of the appetizer options. Stick to these platters if you have a tendency to mindlessly eat while watching the game.
  • Be choosey with your dips. Dips with a cream bases (like spinach artichoke and blue cheese) can be very high in calories. Stick to dips like hummus, salsa, or a yogurt-based dip for a lower calorie option.
  • Eat before you come. Having a snack or small meal before you get to the party will prevent you from overeating too many high calorie apps.
  • Offer to bring your own homemade healthy appetizer option, like any of the recipes below.

Healthy Appetizer Recipes


Mediterranean Black Olive Hummus Deviled Eggs by Lauren Sharifi, RDN of Bite of Healthy Nutrition

Pumpkin Avocado Salsa (pictured above) by Regina Braun, RDN of Leelalicious


Cajun Cauliflower Bites by Elizabeth Shaw, RDN of Simple Swaps

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