Wellness for the Family: Tailgating Taco Bar

For more wellness tips, tricks, and recipes from Blue Cross Blue Shield dietitian, Shanthi Appelo, click here.

Tailgating food is doesn’t have to be unhealthy, enter – taco bar. Hosting a taco bar for a tailgate can mean a mix of purchasing pre-prepared ingredients and making a few easy recipes at home. The key to a successful healthy taco bar is to offer a variety of lean proteins and vegetables in a tasty way. The size of street tacos make them excellent for portion control. Consider offering mixed greens for guests who prefer to make their tacos deconstructed in a salad format.

These easy and delicious options to pack in nutrients for everyone at your next taco bar:

  • Black beans
  • 2-ingredient slow cooker salsa chicken (recipe below)
  • Sheet pan fajita shrimp with pineapple and veggies (recipe below)Taco Bar 2
  • Mixed greens for salad
  • Salsas
  • Fajita vegetables
  • Coleslaw tossed in cilantro lime dressing with a kick (recipe below)
  • Cilantro lime dressing with a kick as a sauce (recipe below)
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced onions
  • Pickled jalapeños or banana peppers
  • Low-fat shredded cheese
  • Avocados
  • Guacamole
  • Diced pineapple
  • Lime slices

For University of Michigan and Michigan State fans, flaunt your team colors with an A-maize-ing
Pineapple Salsa with blue corn chips and a State Salsa Verde with white tortilla chips.

A-maize-ing Pineapple Salsa

Ingredients

  • 4 roma tomatoes, diced (or 2 cups diced yellow tomatoes)
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 cup pineapple, diced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Serve with blue corn chips for the Wolverine spirit.

Check out this Spartan-friendly recipe and serve it with tortilla chips.

For more wellness tips, tricks, and recipes from Blue Cross Blue Shield dietitian, Shanthi Appelo, click here.

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