Fall Football Season for the is in full swing and with the victories and defeats come eating and drinking our feelings. While it would be absurd to ask any hard core fan to put their health and fitness before the big game, there might be a few answers to preventing the beer belly bulge and the carb crash. While most of us are unable to go to the stadiums or even tailgate in the parking lot right now many of us are still hosting friends and family get- togethers to celebrate the great feats of these athletes. So before the party gets started, prepare ahead of time with these easy tips.
1. Eat breakfast. Big or small, this is often the most neglected meal of the day and as you may have heard from your mother growing up "breakfast is the most important meal of the day". While we won't say that loud enough for her to hear she was right, we will agree that it jump starts your metabolism and gets the engine burning. So, make it a quick protein shake with blueberries or some egg whites and an orange. You are sure to set the stage for a championship victory if you fuel your body before your team hits the field.
2. And, while most games don't start until at least after 10am and you've already got your famous chili cooking in the crockpot, now is the chance to take some laps around your neighborhood just like your favorite players are doing to warm up before winning. It doesn't have to be anything long or strenuous but just moving will get the heart pumping, the blood circulating, and the lean fat burning machine revved up. A great goal would be a 45 minute jog/walk. With a little more speed than the infamous 1980's mall walkers went, you will achieve the perfect fat burning zone. Find your target fat burning zone:
220-your age multiplied by 0.7= FAT BURN AWESOMENESS! Stay in this zone for 45 minutes while your chili is coking and you will be guaranteed to score a touchdown.
Smoky Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili
Orange power: Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins A and C, plus fiber, iron, and potassium.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
261 calories; fat 10g; saturated fat 2g; cholesterol 39mg; fiber 6g; protein 17g; carbohydrates 24g; sodium 633mg; iron 2mg; calcium 59mg.
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 red onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
2 green bell peppers, seeded and chopped (about 2 cups)
3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 Tbsp.)
1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-in. cubes (about 1 1/2 cups)
2 tablespoons chopped canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 Belgian white ale (such as Blue Moon)
3 cups unsalted chicken broth
1 low-sodium red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add turkey and cook, stirring often, until browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer turkey to a plate, reserving drippings in Dutch oven.
Reduce heat to medium. Add onion, bell peppers, garlic, and remaining 1 tablespoon oil to Dutch oven; cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in sweet potato, chipotle, and tomato paste; cook, stirring often, for 1 minute.