How to Survive Football Season and Stay on Program!

Football season is upon us and that means tailgating and lots of football parties. There is no reason why anyone who is on a journey to wellness cannot participate in any of these social gatherings, but planning ahead is key! My husband and I tailgate at football games and my menu has changed a great deal since I started my journey. Our meals now consist of:

  • Barbecued turkey/chicken burgers OR turkey/chicken hot dogs
  • Whole grain buns
  • Large salad with lots of fresh veggies and an olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing
  • Fresh fruit salad with Greek yogurt topping

What do you do when you’re watching the game at the stadium? Everyone around you is eating something: nachos, hot dogs, sausage sandwiches, etc. I always pack a large bag of air-popped popcorn, apples and a few bottles of water.  


If you plan to attend a football party at someone’s home then eat before you go to the party. I always bring a large vegetable tray with salsa or humus dip, so I know that I can at least nibble on veggies.


If you choose to attend a party and don’t want to eat ahead of time, then make good food choices once you’re there. Ask the hostess what she is serving and if there is nothing on the menu that will keep you on program, offer to bring something that you know will be a good food choice. If I am having a football party, I serve baked chicken drumsticks (recipe below). Be sure to stay away from fried foods, like chicken wings, foods coated in any type of sauce, like barbecued ribs, and mayonnaise-packed salads. Go for fresh veggies and salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  


As you can see, you CAN attend and enjoy all that the football season has to offer and still stay on program. The key, as I said above, is to plan ahead.  


Enjoy the football season and let’s go Giants!


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Baked Chicken Drumstick



1 large package of drumsticks with skin removed

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup balsamic/rice vinegar

4 tbsp Dijon mustard

Dash of salt and pepper

1/4 tsp cumin

2 tsp Italian seasoning

Hot sauce to taste



Mix ingredients well. Place drumsticks in mixture and refrigerate overnight to marinate.


Spray baking pan generously with cooking spray and line drumsticks in pan.


Bake in at 350°F until done. Finish off by placing pan on top shelf of oven and broiling until crispy.  




Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, Men's Health, Wellness, Recipes on Wed 09/07/2011