What to Bring to a Game Day Tailgate

Football season is here, which means everyone is sporting their jerseys and old rivalries are revived. Football is about more than just the game, it’s also about food and friendships. I’ve rounded up some of my all time favorite game day treats to prepare you for tailgate season. Whip up a couple of these recipes, grab your jersey, and cheer on your team!


Deviled eggs are a scrumptious bite size snack.

Combine them with guacamole and you’ve got a great combination of protein and healthy fats. Find the recipe here!

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Have a craving for something nutty?

Check out our NUTritious blog post about Tasty Tailgate Treats!


Forget the coleslaw or steamed corn.

This edamame salad is the perfect side dish for game day, or any day! It’s loaded with fiber, and the lime and cilantro make it super flavorful! It pairs perfectly with any entrée coming off the grill: hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ chicken…the list goes on!

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There is nothing better than a handful of sweet and salty popcorn.

In about 5 minutes, you can have a big bowl of fresh and crunchy kettle corn. You can even swap out the vegetable oil for coconut oil for a fun, little twist. Get the recipe here.


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At some point in time, white potatoes got a bad rep.

But don’t start chucking the potatoes out the window just yet. They’re actually loaded with nutrients! One of my favorite ways to enjoy potatoes is with crispy, flavorful potato skins. I gave mine a southwest flair by adding black beans and jalapeños, and topped it with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. So delicious! Find how to make them here.

Football is all about having a good time with friends and family. Enjoy the moments, enjoy the food, and most importantly, cheer on the Ravens…ok, you can choose your own team to cheer for, but just remember to have fun!


What foods do you take to a tailgate? Let us know!

Blog updated November 2019.

An award winning recipe developer, Dietitian Kaitlin’s mission is to empower others to reach their health goals by encouraging them to get back into the kitchen. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating and Cooking with Diabetes.