Tailgating season has officially started with baseball’s Opening Day already passed, so we decided to grill Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez for some healthy tailgating tips following his appearance on “Total Access” on Tuesday.
Gonzalez has embraced healthier eating habits over the last four years, founded his own supplement company — All Pro Science — and even posed for a PETA ad with his wife, October.
So what is the best tailgating foods for those of us looking to shed a few pounds (or just eat a little healthier)?
“Guacamole is the perfect tailgate food,” Gonzalez said. “It has some healthy fats, and you can mix in onions and garlic. It’s perfect.”
Wait, what? Some fats are healthy? Score.
Gonzalez also said that salsa makes a good companion to corn tortilla chips, preferably organic.
You can’t have a tailgate without meat, though. Grilled chicken and fish are obvious choices. And typically would be quite popular in places like Southern California, but what about those people who are insisting on bratwursts, hamburgers and hot dogs?
Veggie patties have come a long way in recent years. But yeah, that’s not going to fly with most of your friends, right? If you must have a hamburger, make sure it’s grass-fed beef. And if you want fries, try sweet potato fries. Not ideal for you, but a better alternative.
If you are going to drink beer (duh), Gonzalez suggested limiting it to only two. (He did not say anything about Scotch, however.) If soda is a must, an all-natural alternative like Hansen’s soda is perfect. The perfect dessert? Apparently there isn’t one. Bummer. But we got sweet potato fries.
Gonzalez says he has been able to maintain his weight, though his energy has increased since he switched to a healthier diet. And hey, it’s a long tailgate season — one that will hopefully last through a football season — so eating healthier might actually work out.
And in honor of Gonzalez’s PETA ad, we count down the six NFL personalities who should avoid posing nude as he did.