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Going to a football party this weekend? Or hosting one? Here is the GET LEAN LIFE SCOOP on how to survive without packing on the pounds.
It’s a football season and that is a great opportunity for family and friends to get together and enjoy each other’s company and a great game. Unfortunately in today’s world, all events like this revolve around food and more food, so if you are trying to eat healthy and perhaps lose some pounds, this can get tricky. Here I share tricks on how to survive an event like this without falling off the wagon and host a party while preparing foods that are on your meal plan.
- To shave calories, go easy when adding nuts, cheese, cream sauces, gravy, butter, and whipped cream — additions that don’t add much to the meal, but can add plenty to your waistline. Trim calories wherever you can so you leave the party feeling satisfied, but not stuffed.
- When you don’t want to eat, pop a piece of sugarless gum into your mouth. This works well when you’re cooking or when you’re trying not to dive into the buffet.
- Be a food snob. If you don’t love it, don’t eat it. Scan the buffet for foods you truly treasure and skip the everyday dishes that are available all year long. And don’t think it’s your responsibility to sample everything on the table. Go ahead and indulge in your personal favorites, then find a seat and, slowly and mindfully, savor every bite.
- Don’t skip meals throughout the day. This will prevent over eating. Start with a nourishing breakfast, have a light lunch, then a small snack or salad shortly before the event.
- Alternate alcohol with non-alcoholic beverages. Drinks are full of empty calories, to cut down, try to mix them with club soda. This will force you to stay hydrated and ultimately even eat less.
- Skip the appetizer. If you need a quick snack before the actual meal, go for veggies or handful of raw nuts.
- Here is a last great trick. Put only two items on your plate when you go to the food table. Return as many times as you like, but only take two items each time. You will realize that you are full before you know it and you just won’t feel like getting up for food so many times.
Want some quick and GET LEAN LIFE approved recipes for your football gathering? Try some of these….they are delish and will keep the body lean. Mostly they are lean protein, make sure to serve with fresh veggies on the side and don't forget about a beautiful fruit platter for dessert. ENJOY!
Servings: 4 Size: 2 kebabs
Calories: 267 Fat: 11 g Carb: 7 g Fiber: 3 g Protein: 35 g Sugar: 0 g
2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
2 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1-1/2 pounds skinless wild salmon fillet, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 lemons, very thinly sliced into rounds
olive oil cooking spray
1 tsp kosher salt
16 bamboo skewers soaked in water 1 hour
Directions: Heat the grill one medium heat and spray the grates with oil. Mix oregano, sesame seeds, cumin, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl to combine; set spice mixture aside.
Beginning and ending with salmon, thread salmon and folded lemon slices onto 8 pairs of parallel skewers to make 8 kebabs total. Spray the fish lightly with oil and season kosher salt and the reserved spice mixture
Servings: 6 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Calories: 107.4 Fat: 6.7 g Carb: 7.2 g Fiber: 3.8 g Protein: 6.1 g Sugar: 0.5 g Sodium: 11.4 mg
1 1/2 cups edamame (green soy beans) cooked and shelled
2 tbsp tahini paste (sesame seed paste)
1/4 cup water plus more if needed
1 tsp lemon zest
juice of one lemon
1 clove garlic, crushed
Kosher salt to taste
2 tsp olive oil
black and white sesame seeds as a garnish (optional)
In a food processor, blend soy beans, tahini , water, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, salt, pepper and 1 tsp olive oil until smooth. Add more water if needed until consistency is smooth. Place in a bowl and top with remainder oil and sesame seeds. Serve with your favorite vegetables.
Servings: 12 Serving Size: 10.8 oz
Calories: 206.3 Fat: 1.4 g Protein: 16.8 g Carb: 31.8 g Fiber: 9.0 g
1.3 lb (20 oz) fat free ground turkey breast
1 small onion, chopped
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (16 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (4.5 oz) can chopped chilies, drained
1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, undrained
1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, undrained
1 (15.5 oz) can small red beans, undrained
2 tbsp chili powder
For the Topping:
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro for topping
shredded cheddar to top (avoid if on a more strict meal plan)
Directions: Brown turkey and onion in a medium skillet over medium high heat until cooked through.
Drain any fat remaining and transfer to crock pot . Add the beans, chilies, chickpeas tomatoes, tomato sauce and chili powder mixing well.
Cook on high 6-8 hours.
Garnish with onions, cilantro and cheese and enjoy