Game Planning for a Healthy Food Tailgate

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For many people, football season means one thing: tailgating! You don’t need to know the difference between a tight end and a running back, or how a two-point conversion really works, to tailgate properly, but if health is a part of your game plan, then Native Sun has some winning tailgate food ideas for you.

Playing Defense: Healthy Tailgating

There’s something about getting together with friends and family that leads to eating, especially when you involve football. When tailgating, the array of tempting foods on display means you need to do some pregame prep.

Have fun but stay healthy by:

  • Eating a good breakfast – Don’t show up to the party hungry or you’re likely to get a penalty for excessive celebration and go a little overboard at the buffet.

  • Hydrating properly – Whether your team wins or loses, staying hydrated can make your tailgating experience happier and healthier.

  • Preparing – Don’t show up empty-handed! Prep some healthy, natural foods to bring along with you. Luckily, we have some terrific tailgate food ideas for you.

Small Bites

Most popular snack foods aren’t  healthy. At Native Sun, we have great choices that can help you satisfy your urge to snack while maintaining focus on healthy, natural food.

I Heart Keenwah Puffs are light, crunchy morsels with a rich texture and flavor that keep you coming back for more. Plus, you can’t go wrong with quinoa, the only plant-based complete protein. Score!

Jackson’s Honest Chips contain only three ingredients: organic coconut oil, non-GMO potatoes, and a sprinkle of natural sea salt. They're full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, which isn’t something all potato chips can boast.

Sensible Portions Veggie Straws gives you a little crunch without all the unhealthy fillers normally found in snack foods, such as high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, and hydrogenated oils.

Chili- A Game Day Favorite

On a fall day, there’s just something about a steaming bowl of soup or chili that feels right.

Amy’s Chili makes great tailgating fare because it’s full of lean protein, fiber, and vegetables for a complete meal that will keep you cozy and warm.

Power Up with Protein

Burgers and hot dogs are staples on the tailgating scene, but they’re often full of fat, calories, and unhealthy fillers you can’t pronounce. We suggest these delicious and healthy food options:

Sunshine Burgers are organic and vegan-friendly, and packed full of vegetables to give you a true veggie burger experience.

Teton Waters Sausage and Dogs are grass-fed, all-beef, and uncured, making for a juicy dog without fillers and unnatural preservatives.

Pacific Baked Beans are slow cooked and full of rich, natural flavors, making them perfect for any occasion.

Tofurky Deli Slices are perfect if you have a hankering for a hoagie. Topping  with tasty, dairy-free Daiya Slices can help you create a game-worthy hero.

Tailgate food is—quite literally—what you make it. Let Native Sun help you support your local team and good health at the same time.

A healthier tailgate for the win!

Dan Nehring