Maribel 2015By Maribel Alchin, MBA, RD, LDN

A new football season means the return of tailgating. While it’s great to take in the various aromas of game day, many tailgate foods tend to fall on the less than nutritious side of snacking.

To help you enjoy your tailgate, we’ve compiled a list of simple, healthier versions of your favorite game day snacks. That way, you can still enjoy all of the flavors of football season without sacrificing your nutrition.

Tips to Lighten up tailgating favorites

Game Day Favorite Lightened Up Option Save
6” Meaty Sub
520 Calories
19g Fat
50g Carb
Roast Beef Wrap Sandwich
400 Calories
10g Fat
56g Carb
The Leaner Meat
Saves 120 Calories
Potato Chips
(2 oz., about 20chips)
311 Calories
21g Fat
28g Carb
Tortilla Chips
(about 2 oz.)
249 Calories
12g Fat
33g Carb
Crunch Time
Saves 62 Calories
French Onion Dip
(about 1/4 cup)
120 Calories
9g Fat
6g Carb
Traditional Salsa
(about 1/4 cup)
20 Calories
0g Fat
5g Carb
Dip Switch Play
Saves 100 Calories
Can Regular Soda or Sweetened Soft Drink
(1 can or 12 oz.)
145 Calories
0g Fat
40g Carb
Can Diet Soda or Sparkling Water
(1 can or 12 oz.)
1 Calorie
0g Fat
0.1g Carb
Hydration Swap Out
Saves 144 Calories
Traditional Beer
(1 can or 12 oz.)
145 Calories
13g Carb
Light Beer
(1 can or 12 oz.)
95 Calories
10g Carb

2-Point, 12 oz. Conversion
Saves 50 Calories

Seven-layer dip

Makes: 8 to 10 servings

  • 2 avocados, peeled and mashed (or 1 cup Wholly Guacamole®)
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup Meijer light sour cream
  • ½ cup Meijer mayonnaise
  • 1 pkg. McCormicks® Reduced sodium taco seasoning
  • 2 cans jalapeño-flavored beans, mashed
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 (4 oz.) can Meijer sliced black olives
  • 1 large bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 (8-oz.) pkg. 2% milk shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 bag True Goodness by Meijer Organic Tortilla Chips

Chopped fresh cilantro

  1. In a small bowl mix avocados with lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  2. In another small bowl mix sour cream, mayonnaise and taco seasoning.
  3. Spread beans in an oblong dish or in individual disposable cups, and top with avocado mixture.
  4. Top with sour cream mixture. Sprinkle with tomatoes, olives and onions.
  5. Sprinkle cheese on top, garnish with chopped cilantro (if desired) and serve with tortilla chips.

Maribel is a Registered Dietitian and has a Master’s in Business Administration, a Personal Chef Certificate from Kendall College, and speaks fluent Spanish. Maribel combines her culinary and nutrition expertise to provide healthy cooking demonstrations and classes to local businesses and at community events. She also creates weekly dinner menus for Meijer shoppers based on sale items. Maribel specializes in Mexican heart-healthy cooking and loves showing consumers shortcuts to making ethnically diverse and flavorful meals.

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