With the end of summer comes the return of football season, and just as importantly to fans, tailgating food.Pregame festivities with friends are almost as fun as the game itself, but the food and drink options are not usually the friendliest to the waistline (as anyone who has experienced the “freshman 15” can attest).We’ve compared popular tailgating snacks and beverages to help you make the best game plan. Pick your drinking and snacking options wisely so that by the end of the season, you look more like a ripped quarterback (or a fit cheerleader) than a meaty linebacker. Dip-able chips Fritos Original(1 ounce, or 32 chips)160 calories10 grams fat (1 gram saturated)170 milligrams sodium vs. Baked! Tostitos Scoops(1 ounce, or 16 chips)120 calories3 grams fat (0.5 gram saturated)140 milligrams sodiumThis chip comparison is a little deceptive. At first glance, we see that 1 ounce of Fritos packs more calories, fat and sodium than the Baked Tostitos. But keep in mind we’re talking 32 “bad” chips vs. 16 “good” chips, and when you’re mindlessly dipping crunchy snacks into bean dip or guacamole, you’re probably not keeping count anyway. Don’t forget that baked chips have calories, too. If you truly want a healthier choice, pack some crunchy, cut-up veggies in your coolerDips Tostitos Creamy Salsa(2 tablespoons)60 calories5 grams fat (0.5 gram saturated)150 milligrams sodium vs. Pace Chunky Salsa(2 tablespoons)10 calories0 grams fat (0 grams saturated)230 milligrams sodium“Creamy” should be a red-light word here. It’s hard to just eat one serving, or 2 tablespoons, of dip. If you continue to dunk your chips, keep in mind that the creamy salsa has six times the calories of the chunky. But if sodium is what you’re tracking, watch out. Chunky has quite a bit more, per serving, than creamy. This is why you should always read the labels.Beer Sam Adams Imperial Stout (3 beers, or 36 ounces)924 calories9.2 percent alcohol by volume vs. Sam Adams Light (3 beers, or 36 ounces)357 calories4.3 percent alcohol by volumeIt’s no surprise that a “light” beer would have fewer calories, but it might be shocking just how much fewer you’ll consume if you plan to drink a few. And given the difference in alcohol content, light beer is a smarter choice for most people — especially on a warm day. (Don’t forget to drink water when you consume alcohol.)Hot dogs 1 Ball Park Frank190 calories16 grams fat (7 grams saturated fat)550 milligrams sodium vs. Applegate Farms’ the Great Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dog110 calories8 grams fat (3 grams saturated fat)330 milligrams sodiumIt may seem like sacrilege to grill up anything but a Ball Park, but look around for lighter options like this one; you’ll save even more calories if you top it with mustard instead of mayo.Pizza 2 slices Pizza Hut Pepperoni Lover’s Pan Pizza (12-inch)600 calories30 grams fat (10 grams saturated fat)1,580 milligrams sodium vs. 2 slices Pizza Hut Thin ’N Crispy Chicken Supreme Pizza (12-inch)360 calories12 grams fat (5 grams saturated fat)1,080 milligrams sodiumThis one hardly needs explanation. Stick with the thin crust and go for chicken over pepperoni, and you’ll save yourself some major fat grams.Hot dogs — vegetarian 1 MorningStar Farms Corn Dog150 calories2.5 grams fat (0.5 gram saturated fat)470 milligrams sodium vs. 1 Lightlife Foods Smart Dog45 calories0 grams fat (0 grams saturated)310 milligrams sodiumVegetarians are people, too! People who tailgate! We personally love the taste of these MorningStar Farms corn dogs, but we like the idea of being able to have two Lightlife dogs for fewer calories.Chili 1 cup Wolf Brand Chili with Beans350 calories19 grams fat (8 grams saturated)960 milligrams sodium vs. 1 cup Amy’s Organic Black Bean Chili200 calories3 grams fat (0 grams saturated)680 milligrams sodiumMost chili-eating tailgaters we know cook up their own, but in a pinch, when you need the canned goods (to top those hot dogs, for example), read the labels and you’ll find major differences, like there are in these two.