College football season is underway and if you are like me you take the tailgate spread just as seriously as the game itself. I shared some tasty and nutritious options today for Good Food Friday!
Better for you game-day snacking:
Chips and dip are a tailgate staple – I brought chips that taste just like crispy bacon BUT are completely plant-based – in fact they are made with MUSHROOMS. They’re the new PigOut chips by Outstanding Foods and are available for preorder starting TODAY at PigOutChips.com. And really these are as much an ingredient as they are snack food – you can use them as a topping for baked potatoes, Cobb salads – and you don’t have to worry about all that added saturated fat.
Healthy grilling choice:
For the grill, I brought locally raised boneless skinless chicken thighs! This is a great cut of chicken because it’s flavorful, but still leaner than most proteins. I shared ones by Springer Mountain Farms, which is a family owned company with over 350 farms in the mountains of Northeast Georgia. Their chickens are vegetarian fed and humanely raised in fact they were the first poultry producer to gain the endorsement of the American Humane Association.
Easy one-skillet tailgate dish:
Next I shared an easy one-skillet meal that can feed a crowd– my southwestern tailgate tacos that I developed in partnership with Unilever as one of their 2018 Agents of Change. I used one of Knorr’s® NEW One Skillet Meals, which includes a range of delicious meal starters featuring ancient grains like quinoa and farro. All you have to do is add your protein and fresh vegetables to complete the meal. That is exactly how these came together! Look out for the recipe next week.
A better-for-you game day beverage:
Finally we are upgrading our tailgate beverage with watermelon white wine spritzers made with the FitVine wine. What’s great about this wine is that it was developed by friends who are passionate about fitness and nutrition BUT still love their wine (I can relate!). So it has less sugar, calories and sulfites than your standard wine without sacrificing taste or alcohol content. They come in six varieties – you can find them at Whole Foods Market.