Written on January 31, 2014 at 3:06 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Alena Hall, editorial intern
From fit men in spandex to flashy halftime shows and the best commercials of the year, we all sport different reasons for tuning in on Super Bowl Sunday (we obviously can’t wait for Bruno Mars and RHCP). But there’s one thing we can all agree on: game-day snack fest is a surefire way to destroy our diets. “Even a relatively modest consumption of Super Bowl fare—including pizza, potato chips, beef nachos and sodas—adds up to more than 2,000 calories and 81 grams of fat on game day,” says the Calorie Control Council, a non-profit organization that represents the low-calorie and sugar-free food industry. And those estimates don’t even include the meals before kickoff!
Now, we’re not saying you have to be the drag of the party and nibble on lettuce while everyone else chows down on burgers. We love everything in moderation. But to help you keep the best Super Bowl flavor without the excessive calories and fat, we nabbed a few slimmed-down recipes—that taste just like the originals—from , Haylie Pomroy, celebrity nutritionist and best-selling author of The Fast Metabolism Diet. With clients like Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez and several NFL athletes in her rotation, we know these football-ready recipes will have us cheering for our fave teams – and keeping our waistlines in tact.
Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets
“This nugget makeover uses an unexpected ingredient — sprouted-grain pretzels — for crunch,” says Pomroy. “They’re great for dinner with the family, or as a healthy party snack.” They also use egg whites instead of whole eggs to get more protein without adding fat. Try dipping in mustard for an extra flavor boost.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
- 3/4 cup arrowroot powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 egg whites
- 1 cup finely crushed sprouted-grain pretzels (Unique 100% Sprouted Pretzels work well)
- 1 teaspoon seasoning of your choice (such as smoked paprika, chipotle powder, garlic powder or Italian seasoning)
- 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 pounds), cut into bite-size pieces
Written on January 27, 2014 at 6:48 pm , by Samantha Shelton
It’s almost game time, guys! You know I’m talking about the Super Bowl – or should I say Puppy Bowl? – and while I love watching men battle it out in tight pants, my beloved Patriots are not in the game, so I’m not nearly as interested as I should be. And let’s be honest, whether we’re big football fans or not, the half-time show is one of the best parts of the game (along with the commercials, obvi). Add on the fact that Bruno Mars will be performing (after securing a big Grammy win for Best Pop Vocal Album, no less) and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are making an appearance, and well, you basically won’t be able to tear my eyes from the TV screen.
So whether you’re planning a big party for the game, or just want to take a trip down memory lane, I recommend plugging into this playlist. We’ve gathered hit songs that were performed during the iconic halftime show in the past – including the always-infamous “Rock Your Body” by J.T. and J.J. – and sprinkled in a few tunes we hope Bruno and the Peppers (New band name? Maybe? OK, no…) grace us with on Sunday.
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Written on September 9, 2013 at 11:19 am , by Samantha Shelton
It was a magical weekend in the world of music. The return of football (are you nailgating this season?) brought the news that this year’s Super Bowl XLVIII half-time show may just be better than the last. While we love Beyonce as much as the next girl, our hearts started pitter pattering with the announcement that Bruno Mars will take the stage during the championship game. Um, yes, we would like to watch him swagger on stage with his bandmates, reminding us of Michael Jackson’s smooth moves, especially after his VMA’s performance. And letting him charm us half-way through watching cute guys play football? Thank you, NFL. Thank you.
But that’s not all that’s got us on a music-high this Monday. USWeekly also tipped us off about a certain collaboration between two of our fave pop artists. We kind of figured something could be in the works after the Twitter lovefest that occurred between J-Lo and T-Swift after their performance on Taylor’s Red Tour. But it looks like the two will have a song on Jenny’s eighth album, set to release in early 2014. Anyone else think this is going to be a match made in heart-thumping, run-your-heart-out heaven?
To tide you over until these big events actually come to fruition, we compiled our top tunes from these three stellar artists. And if you need to remember just how great all of ‘em are at performing, check out these vids first:
Now you tell us: Which performance are you most excited about?
Written on February 4, 2013 at 10:59 am , by Marianne Magno
Whether you were rooting for the 49ers or the Ravens, or barely paying attention last night, we think there’s one thing we can all agree on: Beyonce rocked the halftime show at this year’s Super Bowl. B stomped out on stage and delighted the audience with her hits — and even brought out Kelly and Michelle, a long-awaited Destiny’s Child reunion! Queen B and the Destiny’s Child ladies are on our playlists on most days anyway, so we’ll happily work out to this playlist today.
Tell us: What were your favorite moments from Super Bowl XLVII ?
Written on February 1, 2013 at 1:36 pm , by Marianne Magno
Whether you’re rooting for the Ravens or the 49ers, we know there will be one sure winner this weekend: avocados. An estimated 79 million pounds of avocados are expected to be consumed on game day alone, up from the 71 million pounds consumed last Super Bowl.
The fruit may be one of your better options at the party spread, with heart-healthy fats, potassium, fiber and folate in each serving. Try these easy recipes from the Hass Avocado Board for a good-for-you feast.
Hass Avocado Halftime Sandwich
Makes 4 servings.
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 3/4 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1/2 Tbsp. chopped dill
- Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 boneless skinless chicken breast, grilled, chilled and diced
- 1/4 cup diced cucumber
- 1/8 cup finely chopped red onion
- 1/4 cup diced tomato
- 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
- 1 ripe, Fresh Hass Avocado, seeded, peeled and diced
- 1/8 cup crumbled low-fat feta cheese
- 1 cup baby spinach, loosely packed
- 2 whole wheat pitas, cut in half
- Place oil and lemon juice in a medium bowl and whisk until creamy. Add dill, salt and pepper and whisk to combine.
- Add chicken, cucumber, onion, tomato and red bell pepper and toss to combine. Add avocado and feta cheese and stir gently.
- Place spinach in pitas and fill with chicken mixture. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information Per Serving: Calories 240; Total Fat 13 g (Sat 2.5 g); Cholesterol 20 mg; Sodium 250 mg; Potassium 400 mg; Total Carbohydrates 24 g; Dietary Fiber 6 g; Total Sugars 2 g; Protein 12 g. Read more
Written on March 27, 2012 at 9:32 am , by Karla Walsh
When you see Madonna on a talk show this week promoting her new album MDNA (out today!) or during one of the stops on her world tour, which kicks off on May 29, you’ll be checking out moves choreographed by former Broadway dancer Nicole Winhoffer. She appeared in shows like Wicked and 42nd Street, among others, before joining the Material Girl for her Sticky and Sweet Tour in 2009. Winhoffer, who is also a personal trainer, now works in the gym with Madonna six days a week to ensure that she’s ready for her grueling performances.
We caught up with Winhoffer to take a peek behind the scenes and to learn more about how everyone can train just like the amazing 53-year-old pop star!
If our readers could steal one trick from your work with Madonna, what would that be?
Body awareness. One must engage their mind while performing their exercises. Time and time again, I see people reading papers or watching TV while they work out. This might bring about injury and if the mind is not connected to the body, you can’t exert the proper amounts of energy needed to gain the desired results.
You were in Indianapolis to help Madonna prepare for the Super Bowl and are now gearing up to go on tour with her. How do you prepare for each performance?
Right before the show, we warm-up in her dressing room. We complete active hamstring stretch sequences as well as other stretches, ensure joint mobility by performing jumps on the ground and on trampolines and do ab work. As a result, her body is connected, warm and ready for the performance.
Written on February 3, 2012 at 3:19 pm , by Karla Walsh
This week’s fit links from around the web:
- Of course pizza, wings and guac will be in the spotlight this weekend, but who knew Super Bowl Sunday is the most popular day of the year for carrots? — The Wall Street Journal
- It’s not too late to make a difference on National Wear Red Day (today!). Send a free virtual Valentine and Macy’s will donate $2 to the American Heart Association. — Go Red For Women / Macy’s
- Score! Try this fun exercise challenge to stay active like the players on the Super Bowl squads. — SparkPeople
- Diet, exercise and body image can be “weighty” topics to discuss with youngsters. Here are a few tips to do so compassionately. — Fit Bottomed Girls
- Don’t forget how awesome you are. “The best predictor of future success is past success.” — MizFit
- Two women are taking a 60-day challenge to go without makeup and primping. Could you do it? — Healthy Tipping Point
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Written on February 3, 2012 at 11:14 am , by Marla Horenbein
Whether you are a football fanatic or an “I watch it because my hubby hogs the TV on Sundays” kinda girl, there’s no doubt that we will all be tuning in on Sunday night to watch the Super Bowl; if not for the game, then at least for Madonna’s halftime show and the funny commercials!
If you are a die-hard Patriots or Giants fan though, you have to make sure you rep your team in style for the big game. Luckily for us girls, the NFL revamped their women’s collection this year, branching from the standard over-sized team jerseys and sweatshirts, to stylish boots, jewelry, handbags and super cute clothes all bearing our favorite team’s logos. The NFL has even teamed up with Victoria’s Secret PINK, TOUCH by Alyssa Milano, Junk Food Clothing and Cuce Shoes to tie in some of our favorite brands to their new collection. I wore these almost every Sunday during the season to root my team on—yes, I’m an Eagles fan and proud of it!
Victoria’s Secret PINK sweatpants, Littleearth earmuffs, TOUCH by Alyssa Milano necklace, KE Specialties nail polish, Victoria’s Secret PINK jersey, Reebok hat, Littleearth tote, Reebok set of 3 thongs, Cuce boots, Junk Food tee
Written on January 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm , by Karla Walsh
With the Super Bowl just days away, many will be hosting gatherings for friends and family to cheer on the athletes (and let’s not forget, enjoy the commercials and halftime show)! Just like around holidays, some consider this as an occasion to indulge—the Super Bowl happens only once a year, right?
According to a recent National Restaurant Association survey, 42 percent of Americans say that nutritious options are a mandatory part of their game day spread. While it’s certainly better than none, this means about six in 10 get-togethers may not have healthy choices for fans. For some, a Super Bowl party just doesn’t feel right if a pizza delivery man isn’t invited! We enjoy throwing parties that include options to please all palates and dietary needs (click here for some of our favorite nutritious, crowd-pleasing snacks), but understand that some don’t consider bruschetta and sushi to be traditional football-viewing fare.
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Now tell us: Do you consider parties to be a time for all-out indulgence or do you stray from tradition and offer nutritious food options for you and your guests? What will you be snacking on during the big game?
Written on January 30, 2012 at 10:02 am , by Karla Walsh
No matter what team you’re rooting for (or even if you’re not a fan of football at all) you can find inspiration from the amazing athletes who will hit the field this Sunday. In the meantime, get motivated during your own active endeavors by these classic tunes from Super Bowl halftime performers past and present! Then hit repeat and use these tunes as a soundtrack for backyard touch football games and tailgating this weekend.
- “Start Me Up,” Rolling Stones
- “Walk This Way,” Aerosmith
- “Beautiful Day,” U2
- “Rhythm Nation,” Janet Jackson
- “Holiday,” Madonna
- “Pump It,” Black Eyed Peas
- “Born to Run,” Bruce Springsteen
- “Get On Your Feet,” Gloria Estefan
- “Rock Your Body,” Justin Timberlake
- “Take Me Higher,” Diana Ross
- “Let’s Go Crazy,” Prince
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