Tailgate Makeover: Recipe Makeovers for a Healthier Tailgate!


gamecockAhhh…fall, my favorite season! Cool, crispclemson-paw air, delicious apples and pumpkins abound and let’s not forget
Saturday college football!! Sounds wonderful, right? Except when weekly tailgate events happen and everything it brings with it (fried foods, no fruits or veggies in sight, and beer…lots of beer) takes over your life and your good eating habits! It’s hard to say no to some buttery biscuits when everyone else around you is going for it and that’s all that’s available for the next 4-6 hours! I have had clients literally tell me to just don’t worry about what they eat during football season because they’re just going to “fall off the boat” no matter what.

Instead of being the victim, let’s take charge of our health and eating habits with a tailgate recipe makeover! I’ll show you how to easily enjoy the same foods you’re already eating but with a healthier version everyone will enjoy! I’ve even tested these out on some unknowing guys that raved about how delicious everything was…then I broke the news!


tailgate homemade biscuits

Homemade Biscuits




out with the old

Out With The Old

new biscuits

In With The New











Healthier Homemade Biscuits:

Makes 15 biscuits


2 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

⅔ cup low-fat (1%) buttermilk

3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon vegetable oil



1. Preheat oven to 450 o

2. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar.

3. In small bowl, stir together buttermilk and oil. Pour over flour mixture and stir until well mixed.

4. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough gently for 10–12 stroke

Roll or pat dough to ¾-inch thickness. Cut with a 2-inch round biscuit

or cookie cutter, dipping cookie cutter in flour between cuts. Transfer biscuits to an un-greased baking sheet.

5. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brow Serve warm.



Tailgate Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese




old pimento cheese

Out With The Old

new pimento cheese

In With The New











Low Fat Pimento Cheese:

Makes 12 servings



1 c. shredded 2% cheddar cheese

8 T. olive oil mayo

2 T. fat free cream cheese

2 T. canned pimentos

dash of ground red pepper



Combine all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy with fresh veggie sticks.



Tailgate Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken




Old Friend Chicken

Out With The Old

new fried chicken

In With the New









Oven Fried Chicken:

Makes 10 servings



½ cup fat-free milk or buttermilk

1 teaspoon poultry seasoning

1 cup cornflakes, crumbled

1½ tablespoons onion powder

1½ tablespoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons black pepper

2 teaspoons dried hot pepper, crushed

1 teaspoon ginger, ground

8 pieces chicken, skinless (4 breasts, 4 drumsticks)

a few shakes paprika

1 teaspoon vegetable oil



1. Preheat oven to 350 o

2. Add ½ teaspoon of poultry seasoning to milk.

3. Combine all other spices with cornf lake crumbs, and place in plastic ba

4. Wash chicken and pat dry. Dip chicken into milk and shake to remove ex Quickly shake in bag with seasonings and crumbs, and remove the chicken from the bag.

5. Refrigerate chicken for 1 hour.

6. Remove chicken from refrigerator and sprinkle lightly with paprika for color.


Want more recipes like these? Download our Healthy Living Cookbook filled with over 50 Dietitian-Approved recipes for the whole family!
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  • Appetizers
  • Main entrees
  • Sides
  • Desserts


Each recipe comes complete with nutrition facts so you know exactly how each meal fits into your personal nutrition plan!

Kristen Ziesmer, MS, RD, CSSD, LD

Kristen Ziesmer, MS, RD, CSSD, LD


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