We are squarely in the middle of the NFL season, and for many people that means one thing: tailgating. Football fans across America—ourselves included—will wake up early on a Sunday (of all days) to get a good buzz going before cheering their hometown team.
On its painted face, tailgating is silly. Think about it. We wake up to an alarm on one of the two days every week that we don’t have to, only to eat copious fatty foods and get a little drunk. In some cases, a lot drunk. It just doesn’t make sense.
Here we are going to watch some of the best athletes in the world compete against each, but we can’t do it until our senses are properly dulled. We are about to witness something special, but we don’t want to be all there for it. No one preps for a marathon by staying up for two days drinking Mountain Dew and eating Sour Patch Kids. Just sayin’.
So why do we do it? The answer is simple: Tailgating is a hell of a lot of fun. You go outdoors with your friends, throw some corn hole bags, and have a good time on a Sunday afternoon. What’s wrong with that?
Still, you don’t want a few hours of tailgating to reverse several days of eating healthy and exercising. Whether or not you drink is up to you. We do. But know that beer and liquor are just empty calories, and to keep hydrated and make sure you are with it for the whole game, mix in some water. You’ll take some ribbing, but you’ll thank us for it.
As far as food goes, we have a low-calorie recipe for mini caprese salads that is delicious and way more nutritious than normal tailgate fare. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 block of soft mozzarella cheese
- 1 container basil leaves
- 1 container cherry tomatoes
- 1 bag of garlic parmesan Pretzel Crisps
- 1 bottle balsamic vinegar
Making these delightful little snacks is easier than explaining the false start penalty. Place a nickel-sized hunk of cheese on a pretzel crisp, followed by basil, followed by half a cherry tomato. Sprinkle on balsamic vinegar and you have a snack with flavor more explosive than a last-second touchdown! Happy tailgating!