Healthy Cooking: Gameday Edition

A weekend full of chips, dip and some carbonated drink you’re sure to regret come Monday morning.

If you’ve had too many hot dogs and burgers and want to lighten up your tailgate — try these Campus Nutritionist approved snacks 👌🏼

Lemony Hummus

Ditch the old chips and dip and go for this homemade lemony hummus dip.

This delicious snack pairs well with pita bread or fresh vegetables (i.e. carrots, celery, and bell pepper).


  • 1 can Chickpeas, rinsed and drained (reserve 1 can of canning liquid)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1–3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. Tahini (Optional-if not using, increase olive oil by 1–2 Tbsp)
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Vegetables for dipping

Simply place the chickpeas, garlic and olive oil in a food processor and process them for 30 seconds.

Then add the remaining ingredients and pulse it until smooth.

After that, you are ready to serve and enjoy!

Black Bean Burger Sliders

Another game day staple is hot dogs and hamburgers. These two can be full of salts and fat that can make you feel bloated later on.

Opt out of the normal grill food and try some black bean burgers. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 16-oz. Can beans (black or garbanzo beans)
  • ½ cup cooked brown rice or quinoa
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 2 Tbsp. Cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1.4 tsp. Ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper

This recipe has a few more directions than the hummus, so be sure to take your time and read through each step.


  1. Crack the egg into a bowl and mix with a fork
  2. Add the beans and mash until chunky
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until well combined
  4. Divide the mixture into four, 3/4" thick patties
  5. Heat a medium skillet on high with pan spray or olive oil. Add the burgers and cook until heated through-about 4–5 minutes on each side.

These sliders are easy to make and include 8.1g of protein per serving.

This recipe makes a total of 4 burgers; if you want to make more, just increase the amount to your serving size.

There you have it! Two quick, easy, and delicious recipes to make this game day. Whether you are at home or cooking at a tailgate, these tasty recipes will sure be a hit among your crowd.

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