The Unthinkable – Delicious and Healthy Tailgater Food

Yes, that headline is correct.

If you’re like us, tailgating is a time where you prepare the best foods to celebrate with friend and family. Typical, the nutrition of the food served is forgotten, as traditions of bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers, bratwurst, and beer cheese soup is deliciously consumed – saving thoughts of a nutritious meal for the next day.

Thus, the Oregon State University’s Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition, and Preventive Health took on the challenge of providing recipes that were not only nutritious, but have the oomph to meet the high standards any tailgater.

To do this, the Moore Family Center offered the GridIron Chef Contest asking the OSU community to share their favorite healthy tailgate food. With a mass of recipes submitted, the Moore Family Center was able to select the top five recipes to highlight, as well as share at the upcoming OSU game. Though, wee would be remiss to not share these with you! So here they are, in their tailgate glory!

Benny’s Butternut Squash Bruschetta, by Allison Zumwalt of Portland. Butternut squash and goat cheese are the stars of this delicious recipe.

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Black Bean Sweet Potato Taquito, by Holly Robinson of Corvallis. This vegetarian version of taquitos keeps the crispy, crunchy tradition of the dish and the  to fill you up.Baked Black Bean & Sweet Potato Taquitos - Mobile

Lemony Beaver Boost Soup, by Claudia Recksiedler of Corvallis. Squash and lemon are a surprisingly fantastic pair in this recipe for a cold day soup.

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Mediterranean Cauliflower “Wings,” by Madeline McWhorter of Corvallis. A healthy version of buffalo wings, and a tzatziki sauce to add to the flavor party!

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Pesto Minestrone, by Carol Abrogoua of Tillamook. Pesto is added to this minestrone for a blast of flavor!

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It’s Time for Healthy Tailgating!

BBQ Asparagus“Healthy tailgate? Isn’t that an oxymoron”? That’s what people asked us when we announced our plans to host a Healthier Tailgate at tonight’s OSU vs. USC football game at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, OR.

One of the best parts of watching the big game is enjoying delicious food. But many of the traditional parking lot prepared, game-day favorites are loaded with calories. The average fan takes in an estimated 1,200 calories in one sitting. For the average adult, that’s more than half of what’s suggested for a full day!

We’re hoping to score some points with fans at our healthy tailgate. We’re going to share a few healthy recipes that were selected as winners of the Moore Family Center’s recent GridIron Chef Contest.  From 3:30 – 6:00 p.m., PacificSource Healthy Life in conjunction with the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health, OSU Catering, University Housing and Dining Services, the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and OSU Healthy Campus Initiatives, will be preparing and offering free samples of delicious, but healthy dishes to Beaver fans on their way into the game.

But, if you can’t make it to our Healthy Tailgate party tonight, check out these simple (and healthy) game day recipes. Whether you’re in the stadium parking lot or on your couch in front of the TV, they’ll be a hit!

Beaver Fan Black Quinoa Salad

Heavenly healthy layer dip

Have a favorite healthy tailgate food?  Share it here for others to enjoy!

You Pledge to “Go Healthy,” We’ll Give Money to Oregon Charities

TheCivilWarSeries_Banner AdWelcome to the PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge! From Oct. 28 through Nov. 25 we’re encouraging University of Oregon Duck and Oregon State University Beaver fans to step up, and pledge to live a Healthy Life at

By committing to take simple steps to improve your lifestyle, you can help your team – Ducks or Beavers – win the PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge while also helping to improve the overall health of your community.

For every pledge to “Go Healthy” this Civil War, PacificSource will donate $1 to a charity of your choice. Charities include:

We’ll be tracking to find out who gets more pledges: Ducks or Beavers. So sign up, get healthy, help your community, and (most importantly), help lead your school to victory!