Hey, Fit Friends!

Are you ready for some football?! It’s the biggest week of football in the whole year- the Super Bowl is right around the corner! It’s an exciting time, especially if your team is in the big game. Now, I’m a Texas girl, so the Dallas Cowboys are our team. As you know, they haven’t done very well the last few years, but I am also a huge Denver Broncos fan! They are the team I will be cheering for this Sunday. What about you?

Let’s talk a little bit about football and sports in general. How do you feel about sports? Are they something that’s important in your life and in your family? I can tell you- I grew up in a very small Texas town where football was absolutely it. The town revolved around football. Texas in general is crazy about football, but small towns- holy moly! I also grew up with three brothers. So, let me start by saying that sports were huge in my family. Football was a huge love and passion for all of us. It still remains that way. I am also a boy mom. I’ve got 2 boys- 8 and 6. They haven’t quite entered the football arena yet, because we haven’t signed on to the whole tackle thing at 8-years-old, but, boy do they love it. They play football in the yard constantly with their dad and their friends. They love to throw the ball, kick the ball, play tackle, all of it. I’m surrounded by sports, by football, by testosterone. And you know what? I love it. Football is one of my absolute favorite sports. I love the team, the community, working together, I love watching the awesome athleticism, all of it is so much fun to me. I’m honestly so excited for my boys to be old enough to play. If they like it and they want to play, I will be cheering louder than any other mom in the stands! It’s just super fun to watch.

With the big game, comes all of the Super Bowl parties. I’m sure most of you are either hosting a party or you’re going to one. So how in the world do you go to a party that revolves around sports and TONS of food and beverages (some of the adult variety) without completely blowing it and getting completely off track? Here are a couple of tips- these are ways that you can get in front of it before you even go to the party. You’re going to think I’m crazy, but one of the things that I would suggest you do, I do this all the time when I’m going to parties- eat before you go. WHAT?! Christy, that’s crazy! Why would I eat before I go? There’s going to be SO MUCH good food there! And you’re right, there is going to be good food there. But if you are trying to live a healthier lifestyle, let’s face it- there is not going to be a ton of food at a Super Bowl party. I’m going to share a couple of recipes later that aren’t the healthiest recipes, but that’s what people expect at a Super Bowl party. If you eat before you go and get yourself satisfied, it doesn’t mean that you won’t have a little of the yummy treats at the party, but you won’t overindulge because you will show up to the party with a satisfied belly. Tip number two is- don’t graze. What do I mean by graze? Instead of standing around the food table, picking at this appetizer or that appetizer, grab a plate, put food on it, and walk away. Eat your plate of food, throw the plate away and be done. Here’s what happens- when we graze, we have no idea how much we’ve really eaten. We’re talking, we’re laughing, we’re socializing, and we’re just eating. Mindlessly eating. If you do that, there’s no telling how many calories you’re going to intake. Those are my top 2 tips for staying on tracks, but still enjoying yourself. These tips will help you stay on track with your long term goals.

Ok, so let’s talk about recipes. Now remember I said above that these recipes are just not the healthiest, and that’s true. The point is to still enjoy yourself, but just don’t go overboard. My three favorite recipes to make for a party like this are:

  1. Brisket Tacos- My family absolutely loves this recipe and the thing I love about them is that they couldn’t be easier. You put the brisket in your Crockpot, it cooks all day long, then you stuff it into either a flour or corn tortilla with all the fixings. Lettuce, tomato, guacamole, different cheeses, and people can make what they like from that brisket. It’s always a huge hit, super easy and very, very yummy. I LOVE this recipe from the blog Homesick Texan.
  2. Rotel Cups- These are so simple to make, they’ll take you about 15 minutes. You mix everything up, put it into the phyllo cup, bake and enjoy. Click here for a link to a great Rotel cup recipe from the blog Real Housemoms.
  3. Hot and Creamy Corn Dip- Delicious! It has corn and cream cheese and jalapenos in it, so there’s a little bit of a kick. Keep it in the Crockpot to keep it warm and serve with tortilla chips. Here’s Trisha Yearwood’s recipe for this delicious and addictive dip.

What I want you to do is just enjoy. Enjoy this week, enjoy all of the hype leading up to the game, enjoy embracing the competition and get on board with a team you want to win. Have fun spending time with friends and family and those you love. Enjoy the festivities and remain on track. It’s totally possible!
Y’all have a blessed day!