Tailgate parties are notorious for being a great time with family, friends, fellow fans and greasy, fattening food and beer. For those of us looking to have fun cheering on our favorite team with those we care about at the stadium, it can be hard to give up the food we love, but know isn’t healthy for us. Three time Olympic gold medalist, football fan, and NFL wife Heather Mitts joined me yesterday to talk about everything from creating a tailgate party with healthy delicious meal options to custom cocktails and decor. The soccer star also dished on the U.S. Women’s National Team Fan Tribute Tour, and where you’ll see her and the gold medal winning soccer team next!
***Here’s a link to all the recipes she mentioned!
Candace Rose: What’s the secret to throwing a fun festive tailgate party that’s fit for a lady, but men will love too?
Heather Mitts: “Well, I think all the things that you can bring to the tailgate are from your home, so you’re basically just sprucing it up a little bit and making it a little more fun, more ladylike and having some food that’s a little more mindful on the waistline, as well as the drinks from Skinnygirl.”
Candace Rose: Are tailgates still all about hamburgers, hotdogs and wings, or are there any new food trends you’re seeing?
Heather Mitts: “We’re not doing that anymore, at least at our tailgate! We’re making it a little bit more on the healthy side. We still have stuff that’s very tasty, like guacamole and chips, and then we have some vegetables. We’re going to do a whole little salsa bar. The perfect spiral salsa is amazing, it has avocado and tomatoes in there. And also the sideline skewers, which have tomato, basil and mozzarella – which are my favorite. Bring out your mason jars and a little vase, and just try to make it a little prettier than you otherwise would.”
Candace Rose: Everything sounds extremely delicious! How about when it comes to drinks, what are the must haves?
Heather Mitts: “Well, my personal favorite is the Bloody Mary Blitz, and that’s with the Skinnygirl Cucumber Vodka. The Red Zone’s a great one. We have mason jars and little garnishes and trying to make it pretty. People can come over here and serve themselves. And then the really easy one is the White Cranberry Cosmo, which you just chill it. It’s really simple, you just pour it in a pretty glass, put some cranberries in there, and then voila you’ve just sassed up your tailgate.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Heather Mitts; “All of the things I’ve shared today can be found on Skinnygirlcocktails.com, but just show up with some yummy food, great drinks and just have a lot of fun!”
Candace Rose: And as for you, Heather congratulations on winning your third Olympic gold medal in London this past summer. Can you tell us about the U.S. Women’s National Team Fan Tribute Tour?
Heather Mitts: “It’s actually going on right now. We’ve only had a couple games, and the next two coming up are in Chicago and Hartford, and then we take a little break and we go to Portland, and then to Arizona, and then we have a couple more after that. It’s just a great opportunity for us to be able to travel around and play in front of our fans.”
Candace Rose: We hope to see you in Northern California!
Heather Mitts: “That would be great. We would love that too, so hopefully we do see you there.”