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 ?
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
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.
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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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
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?
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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