CHARLOTTE, N.C.  — A new initiative from Dole Food Co. introduces consumers to healthful alternatives to favorite tailgate and other foods.

“Healthier by Dole” is a series of nutritious recipe and menu alternatives to iconic dishes enjoyed during life’s big and small moments, such as the Super Bowl, graduations, office parties, backyard BBQs and more.

Led by Melanie Marcus, Dole’s nutrition and health communications manager, the program will offer easy-to-make recipes that are high in fruits and vegetables, full of flavor and crowd-pleasing for various occasions. 

Kicking off the “Healthier by Dole” alternative recipe series is the Big Game Day Vegan Tailgate. Dole is offering 10 vegan entrée, side dish, dessert and drink recipes that score big on nutrition without sacrificing taste. The lineup features snackable, dip-based dishes and healthier versions of American tailgate favorites like fries, wings, tater tots, and mac n’ cheese, with more than half of the tailgate recipes being gluten-free.

The nutritious inspiration may be more important than ever after the Calorie Control Council estimates that the average American consumes up to 3,600 calories at a Big Game party – which is more calories than the FDA recommends an adult consume in a single day. 

“‘Healthier by Dole’ alternative recipe series is all about helping Americans make better meal and snacking choices while celebrating the biggest events of the year. At Dole, we’re out to prove that even a Big Game Party can be healthy, delicious and fun at the same time,” said Marcus. “From our Grilled Pineapple Fries to Baked Broccoli Cheese Tots and Air Fryer Buffalo Mushrooms, we’re inviting football-loving families to make this year’s Big Game weekend their tastiest and healthiest ever.”