The average fan can consume a whopping 1,200 calories in one tailgating fest. To tackle game-day overindulgence, nutritionist and author of The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook, Tina Ruggiero MS, RD, LD offers up some alternative options that are nutritious AND delicious. Game on!
Tina's Mini Salmon Sliders
Sliders are the perfect party food. Tina’s Mini Salmon Sliders are packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids. EPA and DHA are best absorbed and utilized by the body when the source is seafood. Enjoying 8 to 12 oz. of cold-water fish weekly is a smart and easy way to stay strong! Studies suggest that 500 mg daily of EPA and DHA are beneficial to health, and just of these little sliders delivers nearly 600 mg, along with 120 percent of a day’s worth of vitamin A along with flavor and fun.
Tina’s Presto Pesto Bean Dip
Dip on with Tina’s Presto Pesto Bean Dip. Utilize pre-made pesto for a quicker turnaround time.
Tina's Healthy Brownies
When it comes to brownies, opt for dark chocolate which has shown the ability to protect your heart, lower blood pressure and reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol. To make these brownies even healthier, Tina uses prune puree as a fat replacement! While slashing the fat, the puree doesn’t change the taste of the brownie. You won’t even know it’s there! To make prune puree, just blend a few pitted prunes with a bit of water until you get a pasty consistency. Or buy baby food prunes! They’ll do the trick too. Last, adding walnuts to the batter gives these treats a healthy dose of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, so you have the best of both worlds: taste and nutrition!