Contribute a clean, healthy dish. Not only will contributing a dish mean less work for the host, but it also helps assuage some of my anxiety since I know that there will be at least one thing I will eat without guilt.
Extra Workouts. It’s hard to say no to everything, so throwing an extra workout into the mix helps me offset some of the calories and makes me feel a little better about sneaking a couple extra pigs-in-a-blanket (which can pack a whopping 70 calories and 5g of fat in ONE BITE!).
Sharing My Goals. When I’m vocal about my health and fitness goals and tell family and friends how hard I’ve been working, it helps to keep my health top of mind (and politely lets them know that I won’t be upset if I miss all the cheesy dip).
Pre-Eating. Going to a party on an empty stomach is more dangerous for me than going grocery shopping hungry. I try to fill up on clean standards like veggies and grilled chicken or an egg white omelette before I leave the house.
Enjoy the recipes below!
Buffalo Chicken Chili
- Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, breaking it up, until no longer pink.
- Add the carrots, onion, celery, garlic, paprika, bay leaf, and salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables are soft.
- Add the chicken stock, hot sauce, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes (or longer).
- Remove bay leaf and serve.
- Top each serving with Greek yogurt to give your dish a protein boost.
Many thanks to The Well-Fed Newlyweds blog, where I originally found the chili recipe via Pintrest.
Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip
12 oz. plain Greek yogurt
Low-sodium onion dip mix (I recommend Goodman’s)
Mix together Greek yogurt and a couple pinches of onion dip mix.
That’s it. No, seriously… you don’t have to do anything else. A little bit of dip mix will go a long way – if you want to ramp up the flavor, add more mix a little at a time so you don’t overdo it.
Happy cooking and… go team!