Cool autumn weekends bring blankets, blue jeans, and spirited football
games. At colleges and universities across the country, game day has become a
ritual of sophisticated food and festivity. The perfect formula for a
fun-filled day involves toting along coolers, barbecue grills, and baskets of
food, then serving up a feast from the trunk of your vehicle. Oh, yeah --
there's also the football game!
My first tailgating experience was a few years ago, when my son was a
freshman at the University of Georgia. I was amazed at the sea of red and black
in the enormous Sanford stadium. But even more remarkable than the crazed fans
were the portable feasts that occupied nearly every square inch of the college
campus before the big game. Tailgating has long since progressed from chips and
cold sandwiches to sophisticated buffets complete with tablecloths.
This all-American fall ritual can seem a little intimidating when you're
watching your weight. But there's no reason a tailgate picnic has to
sideline your weight
loss efforts. With a little planning, you can stick to your healthy eating
plan while cheering on your favorite team.