Football Fan Fare

It’s tailgate time, and there’s nothing like gathering before the game to fuel up for all the fun. Score points for creativity with these healthy twists on traditional temptations:

Double coverage nachos. In place of store-bought chips, cut whole wheat tortillas into wedges, mist with olive oil and bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until crisp. Cool and store in an airtight container for easy transport, along with portable tubs of homemade guacamole, bean dip, and salsa.

Gridiron grill. Instead of brats and burgers, serve up salmon steaks. Add skewers loaded with chunks of tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and zucchini brushed in olive oil and lightly seasoned.

Pocket pile-on. Skip the subs and fill whole wheat pitas with turkey or chicken, tomato slices, bean sprouts, and spinach. Then top with mustard, hummus, or salsa instead of mayo.

Sweet score. Replace brownies and cookies with fruit kabobs and low-fat vanilla yogurt dip. Dust thick apple slices or nectarine halves with brown sugar and cinnamon before grilling.

Beverage blitz. Blend ½ iced tea with ½ lemonade. Add fruit juice to sparkling water and garnish with fresh fruit. Mix and heat unsweetened baking cocoa with a little honey, low-fat milk, and vanilla for a healthier take on hot chocolate.

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