I freaking LOVE the Superbowl! And it has nothing to do with football! Winters in the Midwest can be LONG and having something to look forward to is important for helping me get through those long, cold, dark months with a positive attitude. I've literally been cold since November! But that's another story! So I love the Superbowl for the opportunity to gather with friends and family and eat and be cozy together. LOVE. Note: I don't use the Superbowl as an opportunity to eat all day long. Here's how I'm planning to build my day:
- Continue intermittent fasting from the night before (usually breaking my fast around 10:00 am).
- Start the day with a tough lower body workout-this will burn the most calories ALL day long!
- Eat like I normally do until game time.
- Once the party starts, enjoy treats that I normally don't eat, and stop eating at a reasonable time, so I can begin fasting for the next day. I'm thinking that 7 or 8 pm might work well.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
That's my plan, and I think it's SUPER important to go in with a solid plan! Notice I did not say, "only eat salad while my family eats nachos." That's not reasonable for me and not fun, either :)
Now, let's talk about my menu!! Everyone is bringing an appetizer, but since I am hosting, I get to control a lot of the food that will be there, making it easier to choose wisely. Although I DID ask my Aunt to bring her famous brownies. Ooops.
I'm making a big pot of chili for the main course, with a ton of fun toppings for my family to choose from. We'll have two dips, and my favorite deviled eggs. And then whatever our family shows up with! But these recipes are easy, delicious, and pretty darn good choices for your clean eating at an otherwise pretty unhealthy get-together :)
Makes 4-5 servings
- 1 lb. ground turkey or lean ground beef
- Diced onion
- Diced green pepper
- 1 tsp garlic
- 2 cans hot chili beans
- Large can diced tomatoes
- 1 tsp cinnamon, or to taste
- 2-3 TBS chili powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
Sauté onion and pepper until soft, add garlic and ground turkey or beef. Use a wooden spoon to mash the meat. Cook until no longer pink and drain. Add the chili powder and let mix with the veggies and meat for a minute before adding beans (undrained) and tomatoes. Add cinnamon and salt to taste.
Let simmer all afternoon for THE BOMB chili! Serve with Greek yogurt, shredded cheddar, green onions, avocado chunks, and blue tortilla chips.
- 16 oz Greek yogurt
- packet of Fiesta ranch seasoning
- small can diced black olives
- small can diced chiles
- 1/2 cup colby jack shredded cheese
Mix together and serve with blue tortilla chips and veggies.
Buffalo Chicken Dip
- 2 cans chunk chicken, or 2 diced chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup hot sauce (more or less to taste)
- Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning packet
- 4 oz. Greek yogurt cream cheese
- 8 oz. Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup colby jack cheese
Over medium heat, combine chicken and hot sauce until cooked through and broken apart. Add cream cheese, Greek yogurt and ranch and stir until combined thoroughly. Add cheese and remove from heat. Serve warm with blue corn tortilla chips and celery.
- 12 hard boiled eggs
- 1/3 cup olive oil mayo or Greek yogurt
- TBS mustard
- 1/2 tsp Stevia or honey
- tsp apple cider vinegar
Smash yolks with a fork. Add yogurt or mayo, mustard, Stevia/honey, and vinegar. Adjust the amounts to taste. Fill whites with the yolk mixture. You can sprinkle dill or paprika on top for some extra zing and color if you want :) Using a plastic bag to pipe the filling makes them a little prettier, but I am usually too excited to eat them for that!
If you make these recipes at your Superbowl gathering, shoot me a message or comment below and let me know your thoughts!! I hope you have a great time rooting for your favorite team (or just eating the good food, like I plan to!).