Recently I stopped in Livermore, California at the local Lucky Supermarket. There was heavy advertisement throughout the store for the Save Mart 350, which is the Nascar Sprint Cup Series that will be visiting in the Sonoma Valley from June 21st-25th. Tickets for the event can be purchased through through Save Mart Supermarket or Lucky Supermarket and you receive two reserved seat tickets for only $99. The entire store was decorated with pennant flags and special sales revolved around this fun and exciting event! For more photos and a recap of my shopping trip, check out my album on Google+.
One think I noticed about the event, is that there will be a NASCAR driver doing a “Heart Walk”. He will be doing a one mile walk, all in the name of heart health. This got me thinking. When I think of any kind of sporting event, whether I’m in the stands, tailgating or at home watching on TV, the menu is pretty standard. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, nachos, etc. Inspired by the Save Mart 350 event, I decided to think up a few easy and traditional tailgate meals, but with a healthier spin to them. Lower fat, less sodium, whole wheat. Check out what I came up with!
Honeydew melon and cantaloupe served in bite size pieces.
Shish Kabobs using sausage and veggies. It’s all natural and organic smoked chicken sausage, and the kabobs are lightly seasoned and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil! Super easy and delicious!
Rainbow pasta salad (macaroni, spinach and tomato pasta) tossed in non fat greek yogurt, pesto sauce with a little seasoning and some sun dried tomato! It was delicious!
Also included, turkey hot dogs in a whole wheat bun. Paired with turkey burgers with lowfat provolone cheese wrapped in green leaf lettuce! Tasty!
My Favorite was the lettuce wrapped burger! So delicious! There’s some red onion, avocado slices, lowfat mayonnaise and mustard.
Ingredients (per burger):
- 1 Turkey Burger Patty
- 2 slices tomato
- 3 slices avocado
- 2 rings red onion
- 1 slice lowfat provolone cheese
- 2 large pieces of green leaf lettuce
- 1-2 teaspoons light mayonnaise
- 1-2 teaspoons mustard
- (optional) BBQ sauce
- Grill or pan fry the patty until well browned
- add cheese to melt
- slather mayonnaise on lettuce, then top burger with onion, avocado, and tomatoes
- wrap the burger with the lettuce
Now surprisingly this was a very filling meal, and it shows that you can still have a delightfully appealing meal that is “man-friendly” for sports and tailgating, but heart friendly as well!