This weekend, I made the trek down to Morgantown to go to the WVU-Oklahoma football game. I totally forgot what that culture was like. Every time I go back to school, I kind of regret it. It’s just this whole big drunken, dumb mess I’m not into anymore. Truth be told, I wasn’t into it when I was there (okay, maybe some of the time I was into it). I am so happy I had four years at WVU, met the people I did, had the experiences I had… but I also really like being an educated, civilized adult. And that is not what WVU students tend to be at football games (or anytime alcohol is involved).
Anyway… back to the subject. Tailgates are a huge part of WVU football culture. We are typically pretty high – if not on top – of the Biggest Party Schools list. West Virginia doesn’t have any professional sports teams so the Mountaineers are all the state has to root on, sports wise (sorry anyone that went to Marshall, your football team is full of people with criminal records just short of murder). When I was a junior and senior, things were so bad (i.e. so out of control) that most games were at noon to help curb the drunkenness. (Kegs n’ Eggs, anyone?)
Tailgates can be messy for your health and if you’re not careful, your dignity (not speaking out of experience here or anything). BUT you can still tailgate and have fun (booze included) if you balance it out with healthier food and not fried chicken and buffalo chicken dip (the obesity rate is real in WV for a reason). With a little prep and some simple swaps, you can make your tailgate as classy as the Kentucky Derby while still being healthy – and fun.
Instead of cheap beer, drink mimosas or healthy cocktails made with real ingredients (i.e. not junk in a plastic bottle).
- The Healthiest Pina Colada
- Mint Arnold Palmer (just add vodka)
- Tequila Bramble from FitSugar
- Sunburnt Greyhound from Wit and Vinegar
- Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar from Foodie Crush
- Mimosa (orange juice + champagne, if you need a recipe that’s sad)
Don’t eat the gross store bought cupcakes, macaroni salad and chips. Instead, check out these recipes for a healthy tailgate feast.
- The Best Homemade Granola Bars
- Gluten Free Soft Pretzels from the Free People Blog
- Hatch Chile and White Cheddar Cornbread Muffins from Sweet Cayenne
- Healthier Puppy Chow from The Lean Green Bean
- Moroccan Quinoa Salad
- Roasted Butternut Squash Hummus from The Healthy Maven
- Fresh Corn Salsa with Baked Lime Tortilla Chips from The Healthy Maven
- The Healthiest Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
- Coconut Oil, Honey & Sea Salt Popcorn
- Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberry Bites from The Almond Eater
Chat with me:
Do you tailgate before football games? What are your favorite tailgating drinks/dishes?