Football season is upon us, and even if you’re not a fan of the pigskin, you’ve likely found yourself smack dab in the middle of a fried pork throw down. From hot dogs to wings, tailgating is a fun experience that can leave your heart and waistline lamenting your choices for weeks to come.

If you’re looking for a few healthy alternatives that still embrace the spirit of this football season, look no further! We’ve come up with a few ways you can entertain your crowd and get a touchdown in Healthy Town.

Lemon-Drop Chicken Wings

Fried food may seem great, but it comes with great consequences. Let your oven do the dirty work by baking wings in a savory marinade. By baking them, you’ll earn plenty of heart-happy points when it’s time to eat.

White Bean Dip

Every tailgating festivity requires a certain amount of creamy texture in the mix. Mashed white cannellini beans create the same consistency as cheese- or sour cream-based dips, but they avoid tons of fat and add a bit of protein.

Alternative Burgers

Turkey burgers contain tons less fat and unhealthy stuff than their traditional burger counterparts. This protein-packed food is ready to defend your waistline against hard-hitting beef and pork competitors. If you’re looking for a little brain food and omega-3s with your Sunday Funday, opt for a salmon burger. The carotenoids found in this food can help your body fight free radicals that can enhance the signs of aging.

Sweet Potato Skins

Speaking of carotenoids, sweet potatoes are packed with beta-carotene. This element has been known to help combat sunburns, among other things, putting it at the top of the list for additional skin protection when you’ll be tailgating for hours on end. When all else is held equal, sweet potatoes are lower on the glycemic index scale than their white potato counterparts. This only holds true, however, if you top them wisely, and put good food choices to use when you’re serving your skins.

Are you a Pro Bowler when it comes to football bites that can keep crowds and bodies satisfied? I’d love it if you’d share your recipes on my Facebook page!