Are you ready for some football? I know I am. I love football. My blood runs red and black (i.e., I'm a die-hard University of Georgia fan for the uninitiated). I grew up watching football and was even the stereotypical captain of the cheerleaders my senior year of high school (though I never dated the quarterback)!
Growing up in the South, tailgates are serious business and just as important as the game, whether you are at the game or at home with family and friends. The typical tailgating fare isn't always the healthiest of choices, and fruits and vegetables are generally an afterthought, if included at all. Food safety often goes out the window as well while food lingers on the buffet table for hours on end. This is a recipe for disaster. Championship tailgates can include foods that are nourishing and delicious at the same time.
Here are seven tailgating tips to ensure your next tailgate is championship material:
- Make a game plan. Planning out your food in advance ensures you will have a good strategy for including healthy foods. Head over to Healthy Aperture and do a search for "football" or "tailgating" for some healthfully delicious ideas.
Tailgating is a sport, just like the game itself, especially if you ever have the privilege of attending a tailgate or game in the South. Focusing on team colors with your fruits and vegetables to liven up your fare and being mindful of food safety will keep you in full spirit for the season ahead.