Healthy Tailgate Food


Score big points this football season with these healthy tailgate recipes and snacks.


Football season is creeping up! You know what that means – tailgates, beer, buds, and snacks galore! Sunday-funday takes on a whole new meaning during football season. But what happens when you’re a health-conscious football fan? Luckily, there are ways around eating junk food at your beloved tailgate. The fitness and food fanatics at VPX Sports are here to share some healthy tailgate recipes and snacks so your hard work for those gains isn’t intercepted.


Buffalo Cauliflower Bites & Ranch

Believe it or not, cauliflower can have the same texture and taste as boneless chicken wings, turning a game staple into a healthy tailgate touchdown.


– 5-6 cups raw cauliflower
– ½ cup almond milk
– ½ cup water
– ¾ cup hot sauce of your choice
– ¾ cup gluten-free all purpose flour
– 1 tablespoon butter
– 2 teaspoon garlic powder
– 2 teaspoon onion powder
– 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
– Black pepper and sea salt


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
2. Line a baking sheet with foil and grease well.
3. Mix flour, milk, water, and spices in a bowl.
4. Dip each cauliflower floret into the flour mixture. You can add more water if you want your batter to be thinner. If you wish for your batter to be thick, use less water.
5. Place dipped cauliflower on baking sheet.
6. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
7. While the cauliflower is cooking, melt the butter and hot sauce in a small saucepan.
8. Bring the sauce to a simmer, then remove from the heat.
9. Once the cauliflower bites have finished baking, pour the buffalo sauce mixture onto them.
10. Stir around until each cauliflower bite has been coated in the hot sauce.
11. Bake for another 10-15 minutes.
12. Serve with fat-free or dairy-free ranch and celery, and enjoy!


Spicy-Sweet Coleslaw

Putting a spin on the classic side dish, VPX Sports has turned coleslaw into a healthy tailgate favorite.


– 4 cups cabbage and carrot coleslaw mix
– 1 red bell pepper, slice into strips
– ½ cup diced scallions
– 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
– 2 tablespoons horseradish
– 1 tablespoon honey
– 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
– 1 teaspoon pepper
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1 teaspoon canola oil


1. In a large bowl, toss the coleslaw mix, bell pepper, scallions, and grape tomatoes together. Set aside.
2. Combine the horseradish, honey, apple cider vinegar, pepper, and salt until blended well. Add the canola oil and whisk until mixed.
3. Pour dressing over the coleslaw mixture and toss to fully coat.
4. Serve immediately, or keep in refrigerator until ready to eat!


If you aren’t the type to cook your healthy tailgate food, it’s important you’re conscious of what you’re consuming. Instead of purchasing a pasta salad when you’re at your local grocery store, opt for a protein-packed quinoa salad instead. When it comes to snacks like potato chips, make your own, or pick up a bag of chips that are baked instead of fried. Never forget to bring your Protein Rush gains on the go! Pay attention to nutrition labels and make sure you’re drinking plenty of water all day long.