12 Perfect Products for a Healthier Tailgate

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Fall is here and you know what that means: plenty of layers, cooler workouts and football. And, with football comes the inevitable tailgate. While tailgate parties might be known for beer, chicken wings and an assortment of fattening dips and chips, there is no reason you can't keep yours on the healthier side.
From grills that help you cook up healthier cuts of meat to coolers that keep your fresh foods at the perfect temperature and from outdoor games that keep you moving to blankets to keep you warm when the autumn winds blow, these 12 products can help you make the most of a healthy tailgate party.
TRU FLASK Stainless Steel Water Bottle ($29.99)

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This 40-ounce, double walled, vacuum-sealed, leak-proof, stainless steel water bottle isn't only a mouthful of a description, it also has a wide mouth for easy hydration. This is important if you're going to be outside tailgating for several hours. Even if you partake in tailgating beverages, you should make sure you're still drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Water also fills you up and can help you resist too much temptation.
Coleman Road Trip Portable Propane Grill ($170.94)

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Take your tailgate up a notch with this portable gas grill. Delivering 20,000 BTUs of heat over 285 square inches of grilling area, this grill is great for feeding a crowd. There are also interchangeable cooktops so you can move from morning pancakes on the griddle to stovetop grates (sold separately). Plus, there is no need to bring along a match or lighter, as the Instastart button takes care of the lighting. It folds up neatly and fits into most car trunks.
E-Z Up Sierra II Canopy ($100.49)

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Stay protected from the elements—like wind, rain, sun and maybe even the snow—with this 10 x 10-foot canopy. Convenient, easy to set up, lightweight, water resistant and budget-friendly, this canopy is made of fire-resistant fabric that blocks up to 99 percent of the sun's UV rays.
Down Under Quilted Fleece Stadium Blanket ($26.99)

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Keep yourself warm even when the weather isn't with a nice, large fleece blanket. This one from Down Under is waterproof, windproof and machine washable. Available in two colors, and measuring 85 x 55 inches, this blanket also contains a pocket to store valuables or keep them dry, and rolls up and stuffs right into it a provided pouch for convenient carrying.
NFL Collapsible Foam Padded Stadium Seat ($26.33)

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Save your back come gametime with this foam padded stadium seat. Made with durable material and with cushioned support on the bottom and back, this foldable, easy-carry stadium seat ensures your days of hunching over on the bleachers are over. Available with your team's logo on the front and back.
Mac Sports Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon ($66.70)

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Sometimes the distance between your car and the tailgate is more than you'd like to traverse carrying all your food and gear. Transport your food, drinks, chairs and other tailgate items (up to 150 pounds) easily with this collapsible, foldable wagon. The fabric is easily cleaned and mildew resistant so it will withstand both BBQ sauce and rainy conditions.

Made for Miliamp's Bendable, Portable Barbecue Skewers ($14.95)

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These bendable, portable, 30-inch long skewers are great for taking on a tailgate (or a campout), as you can skewer at home, pack them up easily into just about any container and place in your cooler till it's time to light the grill. The pointed ends stay cool for turning. Just think of the healthy kabob combinations!
Purell Hand Sanitizing Wipes ($15.88)

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Hand sanitizing wipes come in handy for so many things, especially when you're outside without a sink in site. Sanitize and disinfect your table surfaces, grill tools, hands and more. These pre-moistened, portable wipes are also great for mopping up spills or as the first line of defense against clothing stains.  
Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker ($27.99)

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Take your tailgate game up a notch by listening to your favorite music or the game commentary right in the comfort of your own patch of parking lot. This lightweight, portable speaker has a 24-hour battery life, deep bass sound, zero distortion, is drop-proof and has Bluetooth connectivity, with a connection with up to 66 feet.
Creative Concepts USA Go Plate ($6.17)

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If you've held a drink in one hand and a plate of food in the other and then wondered how you were going to eat anything without finding a place to sit, this product can help with that. The Go Plate is a four-compartmented plate you can place right on top of your drink, freeing up one hand for a utensil, cornhole or to cheer on your team.  
YETI Roadie 20 Cooler ($199.99)

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This cooler by YETI is a must-have for every tailgate. Not only can it hold up to 14 cans or several covered dishes, it also keeps your ice from melting with three inches of PermaFrost insulation and thick, FatWall design. It also boasts that its made of indestructible materials, so even if it takes an unexpected bounce out of your tailgate, you can rest assured your contents will remain protected.
GoSports Cornhole Foldable Bean Bag Toss Game ($115.89)

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Keep yourself moving and the crowd engaged while you're cheering on your favorite team with this portable game. This popular tailgating pastime game is easy to bring along with you in this foldable version from GoSports. The set includes two official-sized American Cornhole Association boards with eight weatherproof beanbags and a rulebook.
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What's your favorite must-have tailgate party accessory?