The best way to make good food choices at a party--whether tailgating, hanging out at a bar or someone's house--is to be prepared. If you don't go in super hungry, you won't have to fight cravings. Be sure to eat a healthy snack or meal an hour or two before the get-together. Here are five other strategies to help you make healthy food choices:
1. Keep your hands full with water. You'll stay hydrated, and you can limit your eating to small nibbles.Continued ›
2. If you know you're an out-of-control grazer, instead of eating constantly throughout the party, allow yourself to fill a small plate and then position yourself away from the food to reduce temptation.
3. Avoid dips and spreads that might be hiding high-fat ingredients. Go for foods you can recognize so you can estimate reasonable portion sizes.
4. Fruit and veggies are always a great choice, but other good options include small slices of protein-packed cheese, turkey or ham from a deli tray; a small bowl of chili (skip the cheese and sour cream); a couple of grilled chicken wings (go easy on any sauce) or salsa used as a veggie dip.
5. Limit alcohol to save on calories and prevent lowered inhibitions from leading to less-than-optimal food choices. Be especially wary of beer, which can really pack in the calories without making you feel full. But you don't have to drink only light beer. One of the most flavorful beers, Guiness Draught, has just 125 calories per serving (only 23 more than Coors Light).
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