Are You Ready For Some Football?
When fall rolls around and pumpkin spice is in the air, it means one thing in particular at my house: Football Sunday. No matter what team you root for, that crisp fall air and food galore is something you dream about all year long. The true test of self control comes when the appetizers are served. Do you fill up on them before dinner and find yourself stuffed? I do. But over the years I’ve come up with a few key tips that I bring with me to the football party and find myself actually enjoying the dinner served, because I’m not rolling around and overly stuffed on appetizers.
Becoming a Part of The Breakfast Club
Sure breakfast food is great, but who has the time to eat it. We have all seen the studies about how much people can benefit from a nice balanced breakfast, but sleeping in is just too tempting sometimes. On Football Sunday, I make sure to eat a breakfast that’s gonna start my day right. It’s Sunday so everyone has time for a good breakfast, right? Eating breakfast and lunch before the party will make sure you’re not starving which ultimately stops you from overeating. Check out my camping blog for a great lunch idea!
Never Show up Empty Handed
You would never show up to a party empty handed, so try bringing an appetizer that doesn’t make you gain 10 lbs. instantly. Bringing a healthy appetizer will give you something to munch on instead of those unhealthy options.
Crockpot Chicken Nachos
1 Jar of Salsa Verde
1.5lb Chicken Breast
1 Bag whole grain Tostitos Tortilla Chips
1 Can (15oz) Black Beans, Drained and rinsed
2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 Diced Avocado
2 Cups Shredded Romaine Lettuce
1/4 cup chopped Cilantro
1 Cup Fat free Greek Yogurt
2 Cups chopped tomato
For the Chicken: Cook salsa verde, and chicken in a crockpot on low for 6-8 hours until the chicken is cooked through all the way. Then shred with a fork.
For the nachos: Layer whole grain tortilla chips, the shredded chicken, black beans, and shredded cheddar cheese. Bake it at 350 degrees until the cheese is melted . Take it out of the oven and top it with diced avocado, diced tomato, chopped cilantro, shredded lettuce, and non-fat greek yogurt.
Hint: The fresher your ingredients the better the flavor!
The Classic H2O Approach
Drinking water on Football Sunday has so many benefits.A glass of water between adults beverages with keep you hydrated and prevent a nasty Monday hangover. Plus, it slows your drinking down and helps you consume less beverage calories. If you stay hydrated you’ll be less tempted to munch on appetizers because you’ll feel fuller. So altogether a little H2O goes a long way helping you prevent excessive beverage and appetizer calories!
Whether your watching the game or chatting around the kitchen, try standing instead of sitting (out of the way of the TV of course). The game can run a long time, so if you’re standing then your burning easy calories without a major workout.
Small Change, Big Difference
Even just implementing one of these tips could go a long way for your Sunday. But always remember that everything in moderation is okay, if you want that buffalo chicken dip, eat that buffalo chicken dip. The faster you implement healthy choice into your daily life, the faster it becomes a habit and you don’t even realize it’s happening. Am I going to turn down wings or wine on football Sunday? Absolutely not! But to make up for it I’ll switch to healthier appetizers and standing through the game!