Build a Better Tailgate

‘Tis the season for tailgating! What better time to build a better tailgate with nutritional trade-ups and simple swaps. Your Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian, Jen Haugen, will share with you creative ways to add food fun and team spirit to your next tailgating event without sacrificing any of the crowd favorites.  From better beverages to healthier sides, viewers will learn how to make tailgating nutritious and delicious. Now that’s worth celebrating!

Healthier Tailgating 
Cheers for Better Beverages
Calorie-free beverages are your best bet for healthier tailgating. Using calorie-free mixers will make delicious drinks that everyone will celebrate. 
Lighter Alternatives
Looking for lower-calorie alternatives to traditional tailgating favorites is a great way to cut a few calories. Jen will share great suggestions for brat and burger alternatives that will help add variety and excitement to your next tailgating celebration.
On the Healthier Side
Get creative and think outside the box with nutritious and delicious tailgating sides. Incorporate team colors for food fun. Consider simple substitutions in your favorite recipes for   big nutritional benefits that everyone will be a fan of. Jen will share a simple recipe for macaroni salad, with a healthy twist.
Jen Haugen represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community.  Jen is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Macaroni Salad
Serves 12 (about 1 cup each)
All you need:
3 cups whole-wheat elbow noodles (14- to 16-ounce package)
¾ cup low-fat mayonnaise
¾ cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon celery seed
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
3 stalks celery, finely chopped
3 carrots, shredded
1 small Vidalia or other sweet onion, finely chopped
1 cup chopped baby spinach
¾ cup frozen edamame, thawed
Additional salt and pepper, if needed
1/3 cup Hy-Vee shredded mild cheddar cheese
All you do:
  1. Cook noodles in a large pot of boiling water until tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain. Transfer to a large bowl to cool for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, salt, celery seed and pepper in a small bowl. 
  3. When the noodles have cooled, add celery, carrots, onion, spinach, edamame and the mayonnaise mixture; stir well to combine.
  4. Cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 2 hours. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, if desired. Sprinkle with cheese just before serving.
To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Nutrition information per serving: 190 calories, 7 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 13 mg cholesterol, 28 g carbohydrate, 1g sugar, 7 g protein, 3 g fiber, 366 mg sodium, 215 mg potassium.

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