Avoid blowing up your diet while tailgating this NFL season. We know, there is an endless supply of unhealthy food available to you Sunday mornings at the tailgate, but you can’t have it all. Learn how to walk that tightrope of what to, and what not to have.
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Often high in fat and calories, those stats inflate even more when the ribs are smothered in a sugary sauce. Pull a Tom Brady and deflate the macros with baby back pork ribs for a leaner option and prepare with a low-salt spice rub like Spiceologist’s Cowboy Crust. Keep sauces on the side and stick to two to three ribs max.
Call an audible on the sauce and season with salt, pepper, and oil, and then toss ’em on the grill. Finish by brushing with hot sauce or honey mustard. If you’re diehard about having sauce, remember that a little goes a long way and keep to varieties lower in sugar and salt, like Dinosaur Bar-B-Cue’s Sensuous Slathering Sauce or Jule’s Gourmet Foods Jamaican Jerk Sauce.
They’re as rare at tailgates as a Johnny Manziel start, so when salad is on the menu consider it a touchdown! Fill up half of your plate with salad or any type of non-starchy vegetables, such as broccoli, cucumber, peppers, and tomatoes. Drizzle a non-creamy or Greek yogurt–based dressing atop the roughage. Avoid toppings like candied nuts and bacon bits and use cheese sparingly.
Mix booze with sparkling waters and seltzers and add fresh fruit and herbs for lower-calorie mixed drinks. Try to abstain from beer, if possible. However, if beer gets the nod, stick with light ones or low-alcohol craft beers. Aim to down a glass of water in between each brew. To ensure you have some on hand, consider investing in a durable water bottle or turn to bottled water, such as AQUAhydrate, which can help balance hydration levels and replenish electrolytes twice as fast as tap water.