20 Healthy Tailgate Treats That Won't Suck The Fun Out Of NFL Sunday

by Adam Silvers

It's been real, summer, but it's time to face the reality. September is here.

Sure, that means beach and summer Friday season is coming to an end, but it also means football is back in action.

College football starts today, the NFL kicks off in a week and I'm getting excited just thinking about spending eight hours in front of the television watching RedZone on Sundays.

Not only does the NFL's return indicate non-football events will no longer be scheduled on Sunday -- or Monday or Thursday, for that matter -- it also guarantees tailgating season is back with a vengeance.

But just because you have tickets for the game, or you're attending a friend's Sunday Funday, that doesn't mean you have to enlist for the heartburn and indigestion often accompanying football festivities.

It's 2015, people. You have way more options than just a hamburger or a hot dog -- not that there's anything wrong with putting down three brats in the parking lot before kickoff.

Here are 20 healthy tailgate treats that will delight your tastebuds without leaving you feeling sacked come Monday morning.

The Ultimate Greek Burger with Organic Ground Chicken, Feta, Spinach and Tzatziki on a Pretzel Bun

High-Protein Edamame Hummus

Mango Chili Chicken Lollipop

Creamy, Healthy Coleslaw

Stuffed Padrón Peppers wrapped in Bacon

Grilled Bacon Chicken Caesar Salad on a Stick

Sweet Potato Nachos

Thai Peanut Chicken Wings with Fiery Pineapple-Jalapeño Salsa

Quinoa Black Bean Veggie Burger

Cauliflower, Pea and Edamame Whole Wheat Pasta

Wagyu Beef, Sriracha Aioli, Sweet Potato Fry Sliders

Zucchini, Chickpea and Feta Veggie Burgers with Minted Yogurt Sauce

Healthy Individual 7-layer Dips

Mini Pork and Pickled Veggie Banh Mi Wonton Tacos

Coconut Honey Lime Filipino Chicken Adobo Skewers

Hawaiian BBQ Dogs with Mango, Chili, Pineapple and Lime Relish

Simple Salty Sweet Potato Skin Chips

Vietnamese Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Mango Salad

Five-Minute Magic Green Sauce

BBQ Chicken Pizza Stuffed Zucchini Boats