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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Healthy Tailgating + Diabetes Awareness = A Healthy Bonanza at OSU

When the Beavers take on a big time opponent like USC on the football field, it brings a big crowd to Corvallis, OR. So we figured, “Let’s hit these pre-gamers with some ideas for living a healthy life!” With that in mind, we brought a crew to Reser Stadium, and took part in two healthy events…at the same time! Here’s what went down:

1) The Healthy Life Tailgater

The genius behind the Beaver Fan Blackbean Qunioa Salad, Bethany

The genius behind the Beaver Fan Blackbean Qunioa Salad, Bethany

Half the fun of going to football games is devouring delicious food in the parking lot. But while delicious, we’ve noticed that most tailgate food is pretty darn unhealthy. Brats, burgers, chili, chips, and all the other usual suspects means that your pre-game meal is more often than not a diet destroyer.

Along with lots of our pals at OSU, we hosted a Healthy Life Tailgater. To make it happen, we shared two healthy recipes that were selected from the Moore Family Center’s recent GridIron Chef Contest. For the contest, OSU students and faculty submitted healthy recipes, and they put them to a vote. The winners were Beaver Black Bean Quinoa Salad and Heavenly Healthy Layer Dip. Our partners prepared these foods, and served them to fans on their way into the game. Since both recipes were absolutely scrumptious, Beaver fans (and a few Trojan fans) were thrilled to have a healthy snack.

Huge thanks to all of our partners: 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, OSU Healthy Campus Initiatives, and Bi-Mart. As partnerships go, this was a slam dunk! This team was fantastic.

2) Novo Nordisk Beavers Diabetes Day

Laura, our Dietician

Laura, our Dietician

A block away from our Healthy Life Tailgater, we got involved with Novo Nordisk Beavers Diabetes Day. Since November is American Diabetes Month, OSU recruited health care professionals of all types, including an endocrinologist, certified diabetes educators (CDE’s), dietitians, nurses, pharmacists and pharmacy students. The students conducted random glucose tests, and had the opportunity to counsel individuals whose glucose levels suggested pre-diabetes or undiagnosed diabetes. Students were also offering flu shots (although we suspect Jell-O shots would have been a bigger hit with the pre-game crowd). We had one our RNs, our dietician, and our Director of Pharmacy Services on hand to help out.

Keeping with the theme of sharing healthy ideas, we asked people to share what they do to stay healthy and prevent or manage diabetes. We heard lots of good suggestions, like getting 8 hours of sleep, drinking lots of water, walking, biking to work, and playing sports. Thanks to everyone who shared their ideas! On their behalf PacificSource will donate $1 to the Veggie U program to help get vegetables into 4th grade classrooms.

Some of the most important things you can do to prevent diabetes are to reach and maintain a healthy body weight, eat healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and exercise daily.

What a day! Check out all the snapshots from OSU here:

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!