CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, January 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — From birthdays and holidays to sporting events and holidays, Americans gather with family and friends to mark special occasions, most of which involve food. However, despite creating lasting memories, most of these celebrations end up being far less nutritionally positive.

It’s there that Dole Food CompanyLatest healthy living initiative kicks into high gear. “Healthier by Dole” is a new series of nutritious recipes and menu alternatives for iconic dishes enjoyed during life’s big and small moments, such as the big game, graduations, office parties, backyard barbecues and Moreover. Led by Melanie Marcus, RD, MA, Nutrition and Health Communications Manager for Dole, the program will feature easy-to-prepare recipes that are rich in fruits and vegetables, full of flavor and will please any occasion.

The launch of the “Healthier by Dole” alternative recipe series is Big Game Day Vegan Tailgate. Dole offers 10 vegan recipes for starters, side dishes, desserts and drinks that stand out for their nutritional value without sacrificing taste. The line includes snack and dip dishes and healthier versions of American tailgate favorites like fries, wings, tater tots and mac and cheese, with more than half of tailgate recipes being gluten-free.

Nutritious inspiration may be more important than ever after the calorie control advice estimates that the average American consumes up to 3,600 calories on a Big Game night, more calories than the FDA recommends an adult consume in a single day.

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

Dole’s 10 Best Vegan Big Game Day Recipes:

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About Dole Food Company, Inc.

Dole Food Company, Inc., is one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of high quality fresh fruits and vegetables. Dole is an industry leader in many of the products it sells, as well as in nutritional education and research. For more information, please visit

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