Lay out the nachos, chill the beer and get ready to see some old friends, and maybe a few new ones. It’s Super Bowl weekend!
Not exactly thrilled with the idea of hours of watching football? No problem. Here are a couple of quick tips for enjoying the weekend’s festivities — even if you’re not exactly into the game. (By the way, it’s the Denver Broncos vs. the Seattle Seahawks.)
Get into the game. OK, so you don’t know a punt from a fumble. No problem. Check out this quick primer from the NFL on understanding the basics of football. You can also check out Get Your Own Damn Beer, I’m Watching the Game!: A Woman’s Guide to Loving Pro Football by actress Holly Robinson Peete, who is married to former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete. And of course, you don’t want to miss a minute of Bruno Mars’ show at halftime.
Focus on friendship. For some folks, the greatest thing about Super Bowl Sunday is the chance to get together with family and friends. So if the party is at your house, make sure you plan and prepare food ahead of time so that you can kick back and enjoy your guests.
Live a little. Americans eat more than one million chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday. It’s not exactly Thanksgiving, but it is a great day to indulge in savory snacks. Check out this list of the 20 greatest, skinny Super Bowl recipes of all time. Our favorite is the hot, spinach dip:
Low-Fat Spinach Dip
Servings: 10 (1/4 cup)
Weight Watcher’s Points: 2
10 ounces of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and excess liquid squeezed out
1/2 cup of light sour cream
5 tablespoons of light mayonnaise
1/3 cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano
1/4 cup of scallion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
Fresh pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Place mixture in an ovenproof dish and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until it is hot and the cheese is melted. Serve right away in the same dish or a bowl created from a round loaf of bread. You can arrange the pieces that you pull out next to the bread bowl and use them for dipping.
Nutrition information per serving: 92 calories; 7 g fat; 3 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 5 g protein.
About Fierce Fridays — Tips for Weekend Well-Being
We each cherish those precious days off at the end of the week, but increasingly those of us who are charter members of the sisterhood of the stressed and overworked are losing our Saturday and Sunday leisure time to weekend work and domestic duties.
To make sure that you do something every weekend that’s just for you, we’ll be sharing a little advice to make those 48 hours a great time to recharge your batteries, bring a little good news into your life, or discover a quick and easy way to improve your health.