Nutrition & Diabetes

Diabetes & Healthy Tailgating?

Posted on: September 21, 2011


This week’s http://www.foodpicker.org question is: My husband has diabetes and this time of year we attend a lot of football games.  Before the game we often will meet up with friends for tailgating parties.  Can you give me some healthy ideas of what we can eat during the tailgate?

Tailgating parties are the best because you spend time with friends and eat lots of yummy food.  Believe it or not tailgating can be healthy and still be tasty.  Yummy guacamole or an avocado salsa with multigrain pita chips or tortilla chips is nutritious and tasty.  Salsa and bean dips are also good dipping sides too.  A platter of veggies, low-fat cheese and whole grain crackers make great snacks.  A fruit salad or fruit kabob can make a nice after meal dessert.

As a main dish chicken, beef, or shrimp kabob mixed with assorted vegetables is very tasty.  Also, veggie burgers, lean beef burgers, chicken patty, or turkey patties served on a whole wheat bun or a whole wheat sandwich thin might be a good idea.  Some hearty chili is a nice main dish for a tailgate party.

People with diabetes can eat any food.  Moderation is really the key to navigate through all the tailgate food and making sure that your meal has a balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat.

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Iris M. Pacheco, MS, RD, LD/N

This was a blog I wrote during 2010-2011 while I was a dietetics and nutrition student.

Through this blog I volunteered to answer questions from people with diabetes that were submitted to http://www.FOODPICKER.org.

FOODPICKER.org is a website that helps people with diabetes make better food choices. It holds of large databases of food items and gives recommendations on which foods to have "More Often," "In Moderation," or "Less Often."

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