Ready, set, HIKE! The start of football season means it’s tailgating time. From food drowning in cheese to high calorie alcoholic drinks, tailgates can be disastrous to anyone who wants to finish out the year on a healthy note.
For a healthy and toasty tailgate, skip the alcohol and coffee shop treats to avoid unnecessary calories, and stay warm with some of our favorite hot drinks.
You can stick with the classic or you can try one of the dozens of add-ins. If you need a bit more than concession-stand hot cocoa, try adding a peppermint stick or two!
Heat up some store-bought cider in the microwave or spice it up with cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, and orange and lemon peel. Both options are delicious!
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Just like hot chocolate and hot cider, there’s a reason we love the classics. Whether you drink your coffee black, with cream and sugar, or with all the trimmings, it’s bound to be a bright spot in your blustery tailgate. Just remember, the more you add in, the higher the calories!
Green, Black, Oolong, White, Herbal…the list of tea options goes on and on. Just don’t forget the lemon!
The combination of spices make this drink perfect for a cold fall day. Whip up a delicious Spiced Chai with a pre-packaged blend or, if you prefer, you can make your own spice mix in no time!
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Nothing says fall like pumpkin! If you’re struggling to pass up on the coffee shop concoctions, you can craft your own version of the beloved drink before the tailgate. It’ll keep your wallet and health in check.
If you’re feeling adventurous, take this Japanese delicacy for a spin. All it takes is matcha powder, almond milk, agave syrup, vanilla extract, and a dash of cinnamon! The healthy drink will keep you warm at the tailgate and keep your diet on track.
By avoiding sweet coffee shop beverages, as well as alcoholic ones, you can enjoy a fall tailgate without sacrificing your healthy diet. Trying one of the hot drinks from the above list is a great way to be healthy, stay warm and have fun with friends at your next tailgate.
What’s your go-to hot drink for tailgates? Share your favorites in the comments!
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