Fitness Fridays: tasty, lower calorie Super Bowl snacks

While most of us are probably not having a Super Bowl party, many of us are still making food and enjoying the game with our immediate family.

Most of the well known super bowl party fare is delicious but fatty and high in calories. However, this doesn’t have to ruin the fun for those of us making dietary and lifestyle changes.

Here are a few lower calorie options we can enjoy without making a huge splurge.

1. Skinny taco dip

Click here for this recipe. One serving suggestion is to put a little dip on your own plate instead of eating directly from the bowl. This way, you eat less and it’s safer too.

2. Buffalo rotisserie chicken quesadilla

Yum yum! Rotisserie chickens are easily available and already cooked. Just grab one or two and make this tasty recipe.

3. White Chicken Chili

This is a healthier version of my chili beans that I like to make. Here’s the recipe.

4. skinny gluten free not-fried chicken tenders

These chicken tenders are way fewer calories than the traditional ones. You can find the recipe here.

What are your favorite skinny appetizers?

The BEST candied yam recipe EVER!

I am a southern woman, through and through. One of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes is candied yams. I look forward to eating these things all year long. I can honestly say I have a sweet tooth, and these yams truly do taste like candy.

To make them, you only need a few ingredients: butter, brown sugar, and of course, yams. You can even use canned yams if you want to.

First, melt a cup of butter on medium in your saucepan.
Next, add two tightly packed cups of brown sugar. Bring it to a boil.

Then, pour your brown sugar and butter mixture over your yams in a 9×12 baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

Next, eat some delicious candied yams until you feel like you’re going to pop- they’re that good.

I hope you enjoy this recipe! What is your favorite way to cook candied yams?

Five Friday Favorites: our favorite apps for staying organized in the new year

Most of us enjoy being organized, and others of us want to be more organized. Some of us fit into both of those categories. Better organization and a more simplified life is at your fingertips…look no further than your smartphone.

There are a few apps that have proven indispensable to our family and I’d like to share them with you.

1. Cozi family organizer (free, premium version available)

Do you have two or more children with several activities on the calendar? Do you struggle to plan meals, keep track of schedules and to-do lists? Cozi is for you!! We use it to catalog recipes, share shopping lists and keep track of schedules via the calendar feature. Each week, it emails all members of your family the events for the week.

2. Spotify Family

I was already a Spotify Premium user and I originally tried to share my account with family. This worked great until we all wanted to listen to something different at the same time. For less than $20, you can have up to five members on one account…not much more than one Spotify Premium account. We also take advantage of their under 12 account, where you can block explicit content and see what your kid listens to.

3. Poshmark

Are you cleaning out closets for the new year and getting rid of outgrown clothing? Make a few extra bucks by selling those clothes on Poshmark. You can also save a few bucks by purchasing gently used clothing for your fast- growing littles. We do!

4. My Macros

Take charge of your diet and fitness by keeping track of your daily food intake with My Macros! I have used this app for about a year and a half now and I love how easy it is to track my calories, fats, carbs and proteins. I highly recommend it.

5. Instacart

No time to grocery shop? Uncomfortable going into the grocery store? Give Instacart a try! I have been making a weekly grocery cart, adding to it throughout the week, and finalizing my order when it’s finished. Then, I arrange a pickup time, drive to the store, and pick up my order. I pay online so my stuff is already paid for when I get there, and they even load it for me. It saves me so much time.

What apps do you use to keep your family, food and fitness on track? Comment below!

Setting a Christmas Table

Christmas will be here before you know it. Typically, we’d be planning our get togethers and deciding who to invite and what to prepare. Of course, this year, Covid has changed EVERYTHING. No dinners, no gathering and NO typical celebrations. Enter Zoom and intimate family gatherings within your bubble.

BUT. Just because your family gatherings have been drastically reduced and nothing is as it usually is, it doesn’t mean things have to be boring. In fact, they can still be amazing.

So, how do you set the perfect Christmas table?

1. Start with a beautiful centerpiece

Our centerpiece is simple but pretty. We have a rustic wood box that I made awhile back. The box is filled with vases of greenery, candles, pine cones and Christmas ornaments. There’s just something about the reflection of candle light on the glass vases and ornaments that makes the room seem so cozy.

2. Use some festive linens

These holly placemats are pretty, yet simple. Plain placemats would work well, too. The plaid cloth napkins you see are actually tea towels, but no one will ever know that if you don’t tell them.

3. White dishes for the win!

I love Christmas China but separate sets of dishes for each holiday take up an amazing amount of space. I prefer to use my everyday white dishes and spruce them up with some chargers in Christmas colors.

4. Add an unexpected detail

These sweet little wreaths were found in the Target Dollar Spot last year. Aren’t they cute? I love how detailed they are.

Even though your gatherings this year are far from what you usually plan, they can still be beautiful.

Have a beautiful Tuesday, friends.

Always Eat After Seven P.M.: One Month Later

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own.

Hi, all! I am now rounding out my fourth week of Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion . It’s been a great month and I’ve enjoyed many tasty meals, and I’ve felt great. I’ve even lost about five more pounds. Prior to beginning Always Eat After Seven P.M., I was counting macronutrients. I still continued to do this, but I changed up what I was eating a bit and most importantly, WHEN I was eating. I’ve always been one to eat a large breakfast and a sparse dinner, since I’ve always believed you weren’t supposed to eat a large meal late in the evening. I was skeptical at first, but I found eating a larger, carbohydrate based meal at 7P.M. or a little later helped me to sleep better and have more energy the next day. I also didn’t wake up starving.

I plan to continue counting macronutrients and following the guidelines in Always Eat After 7 P.M. The recipes in the book are easy to make and are delicious, and the amount of energy I have now is wonderful.

The book was easy to read and it challenged a lot of what I’ve believed about nutrition over the years. Joel Marion, the author, uses several scientific studies to support his claims. For instance, “A research paper published in Sports Medicine in 2014 showed that people who eat the majority of their carbs at dinner actually sleep better. Carb-induced, quality sleep decreases cortisol (a fat-storing hormone) and ramps up the production of your sleep hormones, serotonin and melatonin. Restorative sleep increases fat-burning hormones—the main one being growth hormone—overnight.”

Joel Marion’s Always Eat After 7PM program makes dieting easy and eliminates 90% of reasons for resistance.  The most challenging times to curb hunger are just before bed and in the morning. By following the Always Eat After 7PM program, you have the most willpower to stay on the diet because you are eating during the hours when you are most hungry. This also puts you into both intermittent fasting increasing testosterone and your metabolism, while putting you into ketosis.   The Always Eat After 7 PM plan consists of: The 14-day Acceleration Phase to kick-start the program and see rapid results, The Main Phase where you’ll learn exactly which foods to eat when in order to achieve your weight-loss goals, The Lifestyle Phase to keep the weight off for good.

If you want to have your knowledge of nutrition challenged and tested, you should check out Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion  You will find a diet plan that is not overly restrictive, that allows you to continue to eat some of your favorite foods and helps you to feel better and have more energy. It sounds too good to be true but it isn’t. Learn more about the book and how to purchase it here.

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own.

Check out my previous posts about this awesome book here, here, and here.

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