What We Love: Slawsa

Burgers, buns, plates, napkins, and slawsa.  Slawsa?

College Lifestyles had the absolute pleasure of being introduced to this fabulous tailgating condiment, and not only are we drawn to this product because of its fantastic flavor (think coleslaw meets salsa), but the incredible start up of the company founded by a former classy co-ed Julie Busha.

First, let’s talk about SlawsaSlawsa a unique cross between a “slaw” and “salsa” that is a great tailgating condiment for hotdogs, brats, burgers, pulled pork and make of the grilling foods that we all love.  It’s fat free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free and contains far less sodium than traditional condiments.  Simply stated, it belongs on your tailgating table.

The Slawsa Team:  Julie Busha and Justin Odom

We are drawn to the humble attitude and classiness of founder Julie Busha.  Busha is a graduate of Winthrop University (Rock Hill, SC, graduated in May, 2000) and went to Winthrop as a scholarship athlete in cross-country/track where she was Academic All-American and held academic scholarships.  She is an Alpha Delta Pi (Zeta Tau chapter, Alpha Class spring 2007) and was the Intramural Chair for 3 years, a Rho Chi and a member of Order of Omega.

An athlete at heart, Julie stated to us, ‘I’m proud that our girls dominated most of the sports we entered throughout my tenure!‘  Classy on the field and in sorority life, she did not let her academics suffer.  ‘I won three departmental awards and I do go back to Winthrop to lecture to business students and have worked on a project with MBA students last winter.’

When discussing the thoughts and ideas behind Slawsa, Julie discussed, ‘I met my husband at Winthrop my sophomore year (he played baseball) and we got married in October 2002.  We’re about a week away from celebrating our 10th year of marriage!  He truly is my best friend and because of him, I was able to take the leap of faith and throw myself into this venture called Slawsa without any guarantees it would be successful.  It’s a big risk.  I left working over 10 years in the NASCAR industry, where most recently, I directed the marketing efforts for Bobby Labonte’s agency…a company I helped him build beginning in 2007.  We have sacrificed my paycheck and a nice chunk of saving to get Slawsa off the ground.  Every day that passes is a little less scary and a little more hopeful.  Slawsa launched just over 10 months ago, we’ve been fortunate enough to get into 3,500 grocery stores nationwide.’

Julie’s humble character is noted in her ‘giving back’ philosophy. ‘Giving back is extremely important to me and I hope that as Slawsa grows, I will be able to give back more to young greek women and my alma mater.  It’s a true blessing to have such strong support from my fellow sisters.  I am the first from my family to graduate from college.’

Julie and the Slawsa team will join College Lifestyles in our ‘Classy Co-Eds Give Back’ December campaign benefiting Feeding America.  Stay tuned to our site on how YOU can join in on this campaign!

Learn more about Slawsa by visiting www.slawsa.com

Disclaimer:  We’d like to thank Julie and the Slawsa team for sending us a product sample.



5 Foods for: Tailgating

Fall is a season bursting with color – school colors, that is!  With football, soccer and field hockey well underway, classy co-ed’s everywhere are showing their college pride by wearing their colors and cheering their classmates on at games.

This year, the athletes don’t have to be the only ones at the stadium in good shape.  Bring these five foods to your next tailgate.  They’ll give you energy to cheer your team on throughout the day and are loaded with nutritional benefits.  Not to mention, they’re delicious, too.


Nachos loaded with melted cheese are a tailgating staple.  Save on calories and try baked tortilla chips with a tomato salsa.  The spiciness of the salsa will force you to pause while eating – this will help you realize when you’re full. Salsa is also less fattening and more refreshing than gooey cheese dip.

Vegetable Platter

Before heading off to the game, put together a spread of your favorite vegetables, which can include anything from baby carrots and celery to broccoli and peppers.  Looking for a healthy option to dip them in?  Try hummus! This smooth and creamy dip is protein-rich and boasts a unique taste, courtesy of chickpeas.


Seafood is a unique and interesting food to bring to the tailgate table, offering a change of pace from the traditional cheeseburgers and hot dogs you see on the menu.  Grill up some shrimp or tilapia for a dish filled with omega-3 fatty acids.  These acids stimulate your brain function and increase your ability to concentrate, making fish the perfect supplement to your college lifestyle.


Don’t feel like a sinner when you try this delicious deviled egg recipe from Health Magazine.  Using yogurt instead of mayo, this recipe cuts out unnecessary calories and has a zesty flavor, along with extra protein in every bite.

Fall Yogurt

End your meal by incorporating the tastes of the autumn season into a healthy dessert. Whip up some spiced maple yogurt, with this recipe courtesy of Fitness Magazine. 

Mix 6 ounces of plain yogurt with 1-tablespoon maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon.

What are your favorite foods for a tailgate?

 Casey Galasso is junior at Marist College. Follow her on Twitter at @omggcasey. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds, be sure to follow College Lifestyles on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.