Football Stomach

Well, flag football was just okay.

No, I’m totally kidding!  It was freakin’ awesome!  I believe we won to the tune of 4,531-7.  (Ok, maybe it was closer to 40-7…still impressive, yes?)  We Eagles know how to kick some a$$ and take some names! Eagles on the warpath, ooh, ahh!

Ok, it’s clearly football season and my competitive side is coming out.  I apologize for the next few months in advance.  I will calm down after the Superbowl.  (Unless my Bears make it to the Superbowl, in which case it’s going to take a while for my blood pressure to go back down)

Along with the beginning of football season is the beginning of my ravenous appetite.


(fyi, I’m staying at my parents’ house right now to babysit their cats while they’re out of town and I forgot my camera at home, hence the lack of actual pictures of tonight’s dinner.  I hope you can all get past my faux pas.)

I must not be very evolved because every year I have this very primitive urge to eat fatty, rich foods when the weather begins to shift to the autumnal temperatures.  It’s like my body is saying, “Have no shelter.  Snow coming.  Must make own shelter with layer of fat.”  And then I pound my chest with my fists.

Does this happen to anyone else?  Can we be cavemen together? (Sorry, Geico caveman.)


Even though it’s not technically fall yet, I a) played football last night, b) the NFL season has started and c) it’s been chilly when I’ve left the house to go on my morning runs for the past week or so.  So for my purposes, it’s time to start eating football season food.

Tonight, it was pasta.  And not any pasta- it was mac ‘n cheese.  I don’t believe in “lightening up” my mac ‘n cheese (because fat-free cheese really isn’t cheese in my book), but I definitely did make it healthier.

1.  I used Barilla PLUS, which has a relatively short ingredient list and lots of protein from legumes.

2. I used all real ingredients- real butter, real cheese, etc.

3. I added about a cup of veggies (broccoli, frozen peas, corn and sundried tomatoes)

4. I didn’t go overboard with the cheese.  If you make a roux (by melting butter and whisking it together with some flour in a pan) with chicken broth instead of cream and add a small-ish handful of cheese to it, it’s really not that heavy.

So, I feel good about my dinner and my football stomach is very satisfied.  It’s doing better than my football legs, anyway- I’m really sore from the game!  Whaaa???

What foods do you crave when summer is winding down and fall is gearing up?  If you live in a warmer climate year-round, do you notice any shift in your appetite?

6 thoughts on “Football Stomach

  1. Have you ever had the mac n’ cheese at Kuma’s corner? If not, I suggest we schedule a blog meetup there. Sure, the burgers are amazing, but I left raving about the customize your own mac n’ cheese… heaven…

    Now that the weather’s nice, I couldn’t be more excited about a frolick in the city… can’t wait to hear your ideas of what to do! 🙂

  2. i still crave fall foods even though the weather is pretty much the same – just from looking at food blogs!

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