It's a cold, dark and rainy Friday, but that won't dampen my spirits nor squash my joy at seeing the green tops of some of my daffodils starting to emerge.
If that isn't a hopeful sight, I don't know what is.
I had a great workout and week two of the 28-day shapeover is complete. I'm starting to see some positive changes to my body and that was reinforced by a compliment from Rob yesterday. Hubba hubba! But I'm vexed that I still can't do a proper push-up. I'm stuck at 30 degrees. But I'm getting stronger and I'll keep at it until I get there.
I had a full-on vegetarian day yesterday but meat is back on the menu tonight. I'm making my favorite dinner salad, the Thai Beef Noodle Salad. A bit of grass fed-skirt steak on a bed of sesame scented rice stick noodles, shredded cabbage, herbs and mixed greens studded with mango, avocado, cucumber, snow peas, red pepper, scallions and sauced with that super hot, tangy and sweet dressing.
Moving on to the title topic, while Rob and I aren't generally football fans, we do like to watch the Super Bowl. The commercials, the fanfare, the tradition and oh, yes, the food! I don't really consider the Super Bowl a holiday, though I know many people do. And you know what "holiday" translates to (especially one that is so uniquely American)? Gorging on lots of heavy, unhealthy food.
So I've planned a healthy menu that will hit all the notes that a sports party should. I'm going to give that delicious but deadly Buffalo Chicken Dip a nutritious and delicious makeover. The original carries almost 300 calories for one small serving and nearly 600mg of sodium. Multiply the calories and sodium if the dippers include pretzels and chips.
I'm going to swap canned chicken (gag) for fresh, organic chicken roasted in the oven and diced, swap cream cheese for neufchatel cheese, swap blue cheese dressing for kefir mixed with raw-milk blue cheese crumbles, and after reading lots of labels, I found a hot wing sauce that is absolutely delicious, hot and tangy but has no added sugar and is low in sodium. I'm going to serve it with celery, cucumbers and mini-peppers. I will let you know how it turns out.
I'm also going to make homemade pizza. I haven't tried the dough feature on my new bread machine yet. I'll up the nutrition by swapping some white flour for 100% whole wheat. As for the toppings, very simple; San Marzano tomatoes, lots of fresh basil and few globes of creamy, fresh mozzarella. The kind in water, not the rubbery shreds.
And because we'll be cheering on Green Bay, I'll be giving my nails a fun, green manicure. It's going to be a great day!
Who are you supporting in Sunday's game? Are you planning healthy snacks or will your healthy lifestyle fall by the wayside?