Fall is the season of awesome weather, football and TAILGATING. Drinking, eating and socializing before, during and even after the “big game” brings more fun to the festivities at hand. As easy as it is to go overboard on the alcohol and traditional guilt-laden game foods, it is just as easy to go lighter, tastier and even more nourishing.
Consider my top 5 game-changing tips to stay on track while having fun and feeling great the next day too.
1. Be Prepared or Prepare to Eat Everything
Eat breakfast. Then make a simple nutrient-dense smoothie to drink on the way to tailgate. This particular recipe will help prevent any ill effects of inflammatory foods you may eat later in the day and will offset any impending hangover. Think nutrients first, alcohol later or perhaps not at all. If you want to indulge in some of your favorites, opt for smaller portions and go for it! Think cup of chili (vs. a heaping bowl), BBQ seitan slider or a Coca-Cola mini can (also comes in Diet Coke and Coke Zero for diet soda lovers).
2. Pre-Game Train like a Collegiate Athlete
Create a calorie deficit the most effective, engine-revving way through a simple workout. Go for a run, a bike or a hike – anything that takes you at least 15 minutes and creates sweat. Better yet, do my no-think GUNS, BUNS and a SIX-PACK tailgating workout. Perform each of the 4 exercises 20 times (this equals one round). Repeat as many rounds as possible in 15, 20 or 25 minutes. Perfect for getting yourself game-day ready!
3. Stay Hydrated
Drink a pint of water before tailgate eating and drinking starts. Then, drink at least 12 oz of water before each alcoholic drink. Choose lighter calorie drinks to mix with alcohol like vitaminwater zero. Sip on a Muddled Mint and Fresh Lime for a more festive beverage.
4. Bring your own Eye-Popping awesome dish
Make your own dish that is fun, delicious and outside the norm. I love to bring a snack such as my roasted chickpeas or a glow-filled kale pasta salad. People love having options. Why not give them something that is delicious and health-giving?
5. Create Half-Time Contests that require Movement
Anyone up for a burpee contest? Most in a minute? Ultimate Frisbee? Basketball hoop shooting contest? Horseshoes? Cornhole? Be creative and fun.
More Easy Snack ideas:
- Carrots, celery and hummus
- The Better Chip, boasting fresh vegetables baked inside
- Salsa or guacamole dip with fresh cut beautifully arranged vegetables
- Roll whole-grain tortillas with black beans, avocado, salsa & shredded lettuce