Melanie Albert

Tailgating Recipes and Tips

Healthy Tailgating Recipes and Tips
By Melanie Albert, Nutrition Expert, Author, Speaker,

Melanie AlbertIt’s football season across the USA for youth athletes, high school players, college football stars and the National Football League. Since EXPERIENCE NUTRITION has been involved with the Super Bowl, NFL, former players and their families for the past 5 years, we decided to create a healthy tailgate recipe for each week of the football season.

All of our healthy tailgate recipes will be created based on a combination of different philosophies about eating: the anti-inflammatory diet, the Mediterranean diet, macrobiotics, raw food, vegetarian and some vegan. It’s important that each of us eats what’s best for us. We all have different food preferences, different ancestry and different ways of eating, so there will be healthy tailgate recipes for everyone.

Not only are these healthy tailgate recipes good-for-us, they are also easy to prepare and taste great.

Experience Nutrition Tailgate Hummus

Our first recipe is absolutely one of my very favorite healthy tailgate recipes of all times. It’s so delicious that we served 5,000 servings of it at the VIP Tailgate Party at the Super Bowl XLIV in Miami. Click here to see some fun photos of the hummus at this exciting event.

Super Simple Organic Hummus Recipe

Blend all ingredients in food processor, until smooth

  • 2 cups cooked or canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1/3 cup chickpea water
  • 3 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste or sesame seeds)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼  teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon coriander

After the hummus has been blended, add any of the following and blend again: Cilantro, dill, sautéed onions and garlic, sun-dried tomatoes or olives.

Dip the hummus with a variety of veggies: carrots, cucumbers, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes and green beans.

Nutrition Tips

Chickpeas: Popularly known as garbanzo beans, chickpeas are high-protein, high-fiber legumes cultivated in the Middle East thousands of years ago. Beans in general have been linked to various health benefits, such as lower blood cholesterol and due to their fiber can help maintain blood sugar levels.

Garlic: Great anti-inflammatory, natural antibiotic and antiviral. Garlic is a natural remedy for the  common cold, sore throats and may help reduce the risk of heart disease. When using garlic in recipes, buy fresh, raw garlic and chop or mash the garlic to release the herb’s full potential as the active component, allicin, forms only on contact with air.

Click here for the step-by-step photos to see how NFL wife, Ericka Lassiter and I made hummus for the football season.

Enjoy healthy tailgating this football season and share your favorite hummus photos on our EXPERIENCE NUTRITION Facebook page.

To get more nutrition tips and recipes and our complete Top 20 Healthy Tailgating Recipes this football season from EXPERIENCE NUTRITION, and the “9 Ways to Enjoy Food & Life” programs, visit our website, and join our conversations on Facebook new kids page


About Melanie Albert

Melanie Albert, nutrition expert, author and speaker is the Founder & CEO of Experience Nutrition. EXPERIENCE NUTRITION improves the lives of current and former athletes, the sports fan community, and kids to enjoy healthy food and a healthier life through memorable speaking engagements, interactive cooking classes, books, videos and healthy food products. EXPERIENCE NUTRITION has presented their philosophies and nutrition programs to clients ranging from former NFL players, NFL Alumni Association, NFL Players Association, NFL Hall of Fame Golf Classic, Super Bowl events, Nutrition & Health Conferences at hospitals, corporations, childhood obesity and kids events, including the Phoenix Suns / Phoenix Mercury kids camp.