Healthy BBQ Eats for Tailgating
Tailgating season is here! This is a time to get together with friends, enjoy sporting events out in the great fall weather and, of course, feast! Tailgating doesn’t have to equate to consuming large quantities of junk food though. The first step to navigating the tailgate is remembering everything in moderation! Studies show that restricting access to food or depriving ourselves really only makes us want it more! But the most important thing to remember is to try to incorporate whole, nutritious foods into your grilling fare. Not sure where to start? Feel free to use the meal plan below to feel great about feeding yourself and your guests this weekend. The best part about this meal? It’s fairly inexpensive and takes a whole 20 minutes to cook with another 20 or so for prep time. No sweat!
Get the grill fired up and enjoy this nutrient dense and delicious meal, sure to be a real crowd pleaser. This plan serves 2, so plan accordingly for a bigger crowd.
2 Organic chicken breasts
1 8 oz organic tomato paste
2 T Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Chipotle Spice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp smoked paprika
Mix all ingredients together, and then marinate the chicken breasts for about 20 minutes. If you have more time and want more flavor, feel free to let them marinate a little longer! Grill until the internal temperature is 160 degrees, or about 10 minutes on each side.
Chicken is one of the easiest proteins to digest, and you will get about 36 grams of protein in just one 4 oz piece.
Corn on the Cob:
Shuck the corn and boil for 20 minutes. Next, throw the corn on the grill briefly to lightly sear it and add some of that great grill taste. Last step, rub in some grass fed butter, with salt and pepper. For a little kick, try adding some chili powder and lemon juice!
Corn is a good source of fiber. One ear contains roughly 12 grams! According to the Mayo Clinic, a high-fiber diet may also help reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
Herbed Lemony Greens and Daikon Salad:
Heirloom Spinach (plain Spinach works great too!)
Pinch of fresh parsley chopped
3 spring onions chopped
Daikon root, sliced
Toss in: Juice of one lime, 2 T olive oil, salt and pepper to taste
Greens are full of benefits, anti-inflammatory properties and iron. Parsley is full of chlorophyll, which elevates oxygen flow and helps with digestion. Daikon radish is known as a powerful detoxifier, keeping your kidneys cleaned and functioning at a high level!
Fennel, Apple and Carrot Slaw:
1 Fennel bulb, quartered
2 Large Purple Heirloom Carrots, stem removed
1 Green apple, quartered
*Feed each item into a large food processor with the julienne blade, until it shreds. That’s it… This slaw is so simple and such a sweet compliment to the rest of the savory meal.
Fennel is known for reducing cramping, soothing the stomach, and is anti-inflammatory. Apples are known for helping improve endurance and reducing fatigue. Carrots are high in potassium, which helps alleviate cramps and muscle soreness.