Friday, October 8, 2010

Tailgate: Food and Alcohol


There is no such thing as calorie free alcohol. The FDA doesn't require calorie content to be placed on alcohol.

Alcohol, no matter how you serve it, is 7 calories per gram.

You can figure out how many calories are in a drink from the alcohol by using the following formula:
  • Calories from alcohol= 0.8 x Proof x ounces
    • This doesn't include calories from the other ingredients in the drink (like the sugar in wine).

The following websites have alcohol calorie calculators:

Good tailgate ideas:
  • Lean Turkey Burgers cooked with Mrs. Dash Grilling seasoning
    •  Serve with whole wheat bun, tomatoes, pickles, and lettuce.
  • Turkey sausage or turkey brats
  • Lean turkey chili (keep warm on the grill)
  • Baked beans with Canadian bacon instead of regular bacon
    • Just add some Canadian bacon to your can of baked beans. Try to find a can of beans with out too much added sugar.
  • Hummus or light ranch dressing and vegetable tray
  • Fruit salad with grapes, pineapple (canned in its own juice), cantaloupe, and berries (slightly thawed frozen berries will help keep the rest of the fruit cold), and walnuts or pecans
  • Single serving fat free yogurts, sugar free jellos, and puddings (keep cool in ice)
  • Instead of guacamole try the following dip recipe. It still contains avocado but will have less fat and calories due to the other ingredients.

Mexican dip:

1 can of Rotel, Original flavor
1 small can of mexicorn, drained
1 can of black beans, drained
1 avocado, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
Fresh Cilantro, chopped (to taste)
Lemon juice (to keep avocado from browning)

Add the above in a bowl and mix to combine. Serve with chips or whole grain crackers.

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