We won! We won! 🙂


Such an exciting game, and we had so much fun!


Starting from the beginning… 


The drive from Orlando to Miami is about 3.5 hours, so I packed a lunch for the trip:


I had a salad with Israeli Cous Cous, corn, and carrots.


And Stacy’s pita chips.  I also got some Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream at a rest stop, but my camera ate the picture.  🙂


We were QUITE excited on the drive down.


Once we got to the stadium, we set up our tailgate tent.  We have quite a set-up with a table, chairs, a rug…  even a TV!



The Husband and I bring multiple outfits to games because we always end up so HOT and SWEATY!  Outfits #1:



We chilled for a few hours and watched TV.  And then we got to GRILLIN!


As we waited for the vegetables to cook, we snacked on chips and salsa.  This is a half-way homemade recipe.  I mix salsa (the refrigerated kind you find in produce section) + 1/2 cup of drained canned corn + 1/2 cup black beans.



Our Healthy Tailgate entree featured Grilled Veggie Sandwiches with Arnold Select Sandwich Thins:



I’d never had Arnold Select Sandwich Thins, but I was super impressed!  Each thin has 100 calories and 5 grams of fiber.  We grilled them with cheese and then stacked the vegetables (which were marinated in balsamic overnight), sprouts, and mustard on top.


I really liked it!  The Husband remarked that the thins were “crunchy but soft and chewy,” which I thought was an accurate description.  Yum!


In addition to the sandwiches, we had Red Potato Salad and fruit:


And grilled peaches:


People were SO CURIOUS about our healthy tailgate!  The vegetables on the grill seemed to confuse people.  :)  Everyone came over and asked what we were eating and asked, “Where’s the beef?”  🙂


Outfit #2:


Plus a LandShark beer.  I don’t like to drink a lot  at football games anymore (because it makes me sooo sleepy), but one beer was perfect!


Tailgating in Florida is so much more fun than tailgating in the snow of Pittsburgh!  🙂


However, I am not a fan of day games.  Its simply too hot.  So, I was thrilled that it was a night game.  It makes the entire experience much more pleasant.


The game itself was AWESOME.  I love our season ticket seats… we have a great view of the field.


There were the CUTEST little kids in front of us.  Every time we’d score a touchdown or even a first down, they would turn around and give us high fives.  They also shared their peanuts with the Husband.  🙂


I got HANGRY during the game!  I think my appetite from yesterday’s 14.0 miler caught up with me today.  I had a bar I snuck into the stadium:


And the Husband and I split this pretzel:


Everyone was SOOOO excited we won!! It was a total nail biter, but no one expected us to win 3 out of our first 4 games – our schedule was really challenging, and Miami has not done that well in the past few years.  To have a successful opening month was ALL we could ask for!


Now, I’m at my BFF Lisette’s townhome in Miami.  We have plans to go to breakfast tomorrow morning, and then we’re driving home





  • alli October 4, 2009, 1:29 am

    sounds like fun! i’ve never heard of those sandwich thins…i’ll be looking for them now! 🙂

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) October 4, 2009, 1:56 am

    Sounds like you had a great day!!! I am happy that your team won!!!!

  • Kristine October 4, 2009, 2:39 am

    ive always wanted to go tailgating! it looks so much fun!

  • Jenny Eastwood@ JennyLikesToRun, Healthy living blog :) October 4, 2009, 3:13 am

    Man it looks like you had such a great time!! I wish I lived in America so I could do stuff like that 😀 And congrats on having healthy food!! 🙂 It looked really good too. I’m keen to try a few of those ideas out ^.^

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous now October 4, 2009, 4:12 am

    So much fun!!! I am a pretzel addict, especially with mustard!

  • Diana October 4, 2009, 4:44 am

    Tailgating.. That’s so weird yet so awesome. We don’t have anything like that here, I don’t think.
    I’m glad you had a good time. 🙂

  • Nicole October 4, 2009, 4:57 am

    You make me so jealous that you get to buy cool stuff like those Arnold sandwich thins!! It is making me excited to move back to the states soon!!

  • christie, honoring health October 4, 2009, 6:31 am

    Glad you had such a great time. Too fuuny that people were curious about all your veggies 😀

  • Peanut Butter Bliss October 4, 2009, 7:27 am

    wow that sure does look like one exciting game!! Love all of the spirit you have 🙂
    mm that grilled peach looks fantatsic! I’ve never grilled fruit. For some reason I think it will fall apart. haha i’ll have to give it a try.

  • Mica October 4, 2009, 7:55 am

    I’ve never done any tailgating, so I shall live vicariously through yours. It looks like a classy affair, for sure. I especially like the leis!

  • Matt October 4, 2009, 8:10 am

    Sounds like a great game and tailgate!

  • Rebecca October 4, 2009, 8:28 am

    Sounds like so much fun! Glad your team won!! I love that you do healthy tailgating!

  • Lizzy October 4, 2009, 8:32 am

    your semi-homemade salsa looks awesome. i love jazzing up store bought things! Glad your team won! yay!

  • Stacey October 4, 2009, 8:50 am

    Looks like a fun time! Tailgating is the best 🙂

  • Melissa S. October 4, 2009, 8:57 am

    what a fun night!!! the game and tailgating sounds awesome!

  • angieinatlanta October 4, 2009, 9:03 am

    Congrats on your big win!

    And your healthy tailgate looks fab! I love grilled veggie sandwiches!

  • Kelly October 4, 2009, 9:05 am

    i am so glad you were able to sneak in a bar…they always take away my cheerios and I’m like I’m not trying to be cheap! If you want to sell healthy things I’ll eat it!

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans October 4, 2009, 9:22 am

    so much fun! I’m glad your healthy tailgate turned out so well AND your team won!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 4, 2009, 9:30 am

    I love the grilled peaches! Yumm!

  • Nicole October 4, 2009, 9:43 am

    Is that where the Florida Marlins play? I went there for a Marlins game when I visited Miami.. it was so nice! I loved it. However, the stadium had probably 1/5 of the people!! I won a hula-hoop contest there 😀

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal October 4, 2009, 10:20 am

    Sounds like a blast! The pics are great – especially that night one. Glad to hear they won!

  • K October 4, 2009, 11:02 am

    That looks like so much fun! I’m glad you two had a great night!!

    Balsamic grilled veggies = love!!

  • Katie (A Running Start) October 4, 2009, 12:03 pm

    That tailgate looks so yummy!! It seems so much lighter for a hot day and you don’t have to feel guilty for chowing down!! I’m a big fan of the sandwich thins too – I’ll have to pick some up and try grilled veggies on them.

  • Lindsay October 4, 2009, 1:25 pm

    Sounds like a fun day! I love sandwich thins. Your veggie sandwiches look perfect!

  • Aggie October 4, 2009, 1:54 pm

    FUN! I love to tailgate, and I’m loving your tailgate eats! Great job keeping it light and tasty! I’m a huge fan of those Thins…

    Did you or your hubby go to UM? I was a Hurricane my sophomore year…then I transferred to Gville and became a Gator! 🙂 College football games are the best.

    • caitlin October 4, 2009, 4:05 pm

      the husband went to UM in 2004 for 1 year and i lived in miami until i was 18 🙂

      boo gators!

  • Jenna October 4, 2009, 2:23 pm

    your healthy tailgaitning sounded like soo much fun 🙂

  • Lee October 4, 2009, 3:03 pm

    Looks like fun. Do you guys tailgate by yourselves or with friends? I’ve never been to a college football game! My school didn’t have a football team.

    • caitlin October 4, 2009, 4:04 pm

      by ourselves 🙂 i think some friends are joining us next week though!

  • Tina October 4, 2009, 3:26 pm

    That looks like such an awesome tailgate! I’ve also never tried the sandwich thins, but I think I’m gonna pick them up! Weirdly enough, my school’s convenience shop has them!

  • Anne P October 4, 2009, 5:12 pm

    that shirt (outfit #2) is so cute!! also, i just have to say you have hot legs 🙂

  • Melissa October 4, 2009, 10:35 pm

    I’m a diehard Boston College football fan. It’s been 2 years since we’ve had Miami in our schedule. (I was actually at the BC/Miami game after Thanksgiving in 2007 but it TOO cold to watch the whole game)

    Even though we’re both in the ACC, I can be happy for Miami’s win. Go Canes!

  • Andrea October 6, 2009, 6:33 pm

    Hi Caitlin,

    Just wanted to send a note saying thanks for the blog. I tripped on a blog about 2 weeks ago, never having really been interested before. It was Taydor Tott’s site. After reading through her entire blog, I started searching others and she linked yours. Well in the last 10 days or so I read the entire thing. It was a great read, full of lots of info and ideas and inspiration. A bit about me, I live all the way across the continent from you: Vancouver, BC, Canada (go 2010 winter olympics!!) and my parents actually winter and own a home in Sun City Florida. About 7 years ago, 3 months prior to getting married, I could not zip up my wedding dress. Now I am 80 pounds lighter and considerably healthier and happier. But thats enough about me. Keep up the good work, the interesting, and involved, posting, and I will keep following. Thanks,


  • Still Life in South America October 8, 2009, 7:54 am

    I totally love that you and the hubby do a vegetarian tailgate. You’re my heroes!

    Looks like a great time. Glad your travels were safe.

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