Thursday, September 13, 2012

Gator chomps and Rocky Top

Any college football fans in the house? I'm headed to my second game/tailgate of the new season this weekend - we'll be in Knoxville for the Florida-Tennessee football game. Even though I have no dog in this particular fight, I'm still stoked. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE college football season. And we'll have a boisterous crew out there, with friends planning to set up tailgating space around 6:30 am. On the menu? Burgers, ribs, brats, kebabs, various sides, bloodies, beer, mimosas and more. On the downside, it's certainly hard to keep the waistline from expanding with all that tempting food around. Fortunately for you, I"m a professional tailgater. I graduated from a university in Wisconsin, a state that has essentially elevated tailgating to an art form. So trust me when I say I've been doing this for years.
Anyhoo, here are my tips for any other calorie counters spending their weekends in front of the grill and/or the TV.
  • Don't show up hungry. Take time to eat a light, healthy snack before hitting the spread. 
  • When fixing your plate, try to add plenty of fruits and veggies. That way you can fill up your belly faster with healthier items. 
  • Eating smaller portions is key. Yes, you can indulge in some baked beans or potato salad. But don't pile a mountain of it on your plate. 
  • Bring some low-calorie snack options such as a fruit salad or raw veggies and hummus. 
  • Avoid adding lots of butter, salt, condiments and fatty dressings.
  • Drink lots of water. It will help fill you up.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation.
  • Drink diet soda instead of the regular version to save calories. 
  • Rather than sitting around and snacking, play a game instead. It’s difficult to overeat if you're throwing around the football or playing corn hole. 
With a little extra effort and foresight, you can get through that next tailgate without immediately packing on the pounds. Now, what are the chances my beloved Badgers can figure out how to win a few games this season?

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