WIAW: Superbowl Sunday.


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Hi there! Thank you for all your support and encouragement on yesterday’s post, first of all. I keep trying to tell myself that there are worse problems to have than having to exercise less and eat more…but it still sucks. Again, I’ll do a more thorough post after I (hopefully) get a confirmed diagnosis when I see my doctor in a few weeks. I’ve had to go in for an ultrasound and a blood test recently, so I imagine that we’re ruling out other possibilities (PCOS, thyroid disorders) first. But I’ve been doing a ridiculous amount of online sleuthing lately, and HA seems to make the most sense with my symptoms. But again – I’ll update on the situation soon!

But, today’s post is all about the food.


More specifically, Superbowl food. The other day I read that 14 500 tons of chips and 8 million pounds of guac are consumed on Superbowl Sunday…and I definitely contributed to that Wink (source). What can I say…I’m starting on packing in those healthy fats!


Oatmeal Eggs Oatmeal, peanut butter, jam, eggs. A breakfast staple for me that never disappoints.


My mom  asked me to bring a dessert for their Superbowl get-together, so after breakfast I started working on that. I ended up making two – and of course, had to do some bowl-scraping/spoon-licking/taste-testing. Fortunately one of the desserts I was putting together was a vegan option, so less of a chance that I was going to find myself with food poisoning Wink

Spoon Licking


I was getting hungry by the time we got to my parents, so I threw together a quick salad with what I could find in their fridge.

Salad Greens, deli chicken, cheese, tomato, and an avocado dressing. Baby carrots on the side x a million.

Then the chips and dip came out.

Chips and Dip Mmm, stereotypical football food.


For dinner, my mom made chili. It’s her go-to when there’s a crowd, and it’s always fabulous. She actually cooks it in a big turkey roaster/slow cooker, so it always has a ton of flavour.

Chili Chili is also on my list of things improved with the addition of cheese.

Garlic Bread And a nice little chunk of garlic bread for dipping.


Like I previously stated, I made two different desserts. First one was the Beer and Bacon Pecan Bars I linked to last week:

Beer and Bacon Pecan Bars And as the healthier alternative, I made Davida’s Best Ever Banana Bread

Banana Bread I added a chocolate glaze, because that’s basically the best way to take something from a snack food to a dessert food (although I insisted on taking home leftovers and have been snacking on them ever since…). 

Throughout the night I had 2 of the pecan bars….and more than that of the banana bread. Lady wasn’t kidding with the ‘best ever’ title.

Desserts Amazing. Even though I definitely went to bed with some unpleasant heartburn.

Oh, and the game itself? I think we can all agree that it was on the boring side…

Sleepy Pug


Atticus thought so, at least.

But that’s all I have for you today – have a great Wednesday!

<— Did you eat any ‘stereotypical’ football food on Sunday?

<— Do you experiment a lot with vegan/gluten free/other specialty baking? It’s a fun way to push myself outside of my comfort zone.

<— Last dessert you had?


  1. I only read yesterday’s post now and I’m so sorry you have to be going through this. At the same time your body most probably needs abit of a break and more nourishment. In a way I’m kinda going through the same thing..trying to get to a weight that my body is functioning at. Dessert last night was Mum’s trifle :D. I haven’t baked in forever and that banana bread looks incredible! All the best Sam
  2. That picture of Atti! Thanks for summing up Superbowl for me and anybody else who was neither watching nor – shame on me? – has any idea of football in general. But I keep telling myself that despite being a blogger I can always pull the ‘I’m German’ card ;).
    And while I’m not football watcher/fan I could totally get into it just for the food. Chips and dips? Yes please. I’m usually in dessert duty for any get-together, too, so I fully approve of taste-testing and yes, that’s definitely something I like about vegan baking, too.
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  3. I m made myself chocolate sun butter brownies this weekend to celebrate being done with the whole30!
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  4. I am so proud of you for listening to your body. You know it is something I am working on too. I made paleo chocolate chips that were amazinggggg. So I guess there are a few perks to paleo
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  5. I didn’t do anything on Superbowl Sunday – I was driving back from the mountains, so I partied in my car with a 90s station on Sirius. Hahaha.

    I’m very sorry to hear about the hormonal probs, friend. You were on birth control pills before right? When I d/c hormonal bc it took a couple years for things to balance out again. One thing my Dr told me that has always stuck with me is that if you have any menstrual issues before going on BC (pms, HA, irregularity, etc) it often comes back worse after d/c birth control. But!! It just takes working with the right Dr who is willing to take the time to help us understand the bigger picture and treat the cause.

    I ended up asking my PCP for a referral to an endocrinologist because I felt they were better suited to deal with me, and it worked. Good luck!! And keep us updated.
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  6. Those two sweet dishes you made look so yummy! Those pecan bars are definitely such an interesting combo, but they do sound awfully good!

    I hope the doctors get down to the bottom of what’s going on with you. I totally know from experience how frustrating things like that can be, but at least you’re listening to your body and be proactive about it. That is definitely super important.
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  7. The world is just a better place when banana bread is the healthier alternative, hey?

    It’s really cool that you’re being so honest about what’s going on with your body right now. I’m experiencing something similar and it’s nice to know I’m not all alone.
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  8. I love the garlic bread with the chili instead of the traditional cornbread. Garlic bread always wins in my book.

    It’s awesome that you’re giving your body what it needs (aka pecan bars and chips, because duh).
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  9. Chips. Yum. I never buy them because I’ll just eat the whole freaking bag. SO addicting! It’s my favorite part about parties usually (besides the desserts) haha this is why I wish I went to a super bowl party. I’ve only gone to one once and the food was obviously the reason I went. Last dessert I had: a giant chocolate chunk cookie at the training I went to last night
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  10. I love vegan eats although I don’t bake too often.. but vegan baking can definitely be great. Hope you find your answers after chatting with your physician.
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  11. Ah I hope everything is ok! Hopefully the doctor’s will be able to tell you what’s up and then your worries will somewhat be put to rest. I also contributed to chips and dip on Super Bowl Sunday. I mean, you pretty much have to, right?
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  12. Chili is by far my favorite football game food! I think our families would get along swimmingly. Seriously, if you all ever want to go to a Steelers game and need a place to stay, hit me up. I’m not kidding!

    Atticus really was bored of the game. That’s the cutest pic!
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  13. there is nothing better than guacamole at parties. My friend made this killer guacamole that made me literally drooooooolllll. best thing ever.
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  14. YUM! Love your football eats! We had some interesting eats too, and some traditional favorites like chips and guacamole, meatballs, and chicken !
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  15. Game was definitely kind of a snoozer – but we had lots of good food to keep us occupied haha. I made steak sandwiches in the crock pot and we had lots of veggies and hummus and cheese and crackers. I reallllllly could go for some chili, now, after seeing yours! The last dessert I had was last night – I had a bowl of vanilla frozen yogurt topped with some frozen raspberries I warmed in the microwave. Delish!
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  16. Awww Atti looks too cute! I never think twice about eating batter with raw eggs in it, although my parents always yell at me and my sister for doing so. #yolo #ican’tbelieveijustsaidthat #movingon I’ve never had garlic bread and chili together (just cornbread…), but that combination sounds wonderful. And now you’re making me crave garlic bread and chili at 9am.
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  17. 8 million pounds of guac?! Holy! I did not have any stereotypical Super Bowl foods, but I did have a breakfast similar to yours. I need my oatmeal every morning!
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  18. Oh my Gosh, I am in permanent danger of food poisoning – even when I make pancakes I licke the bowl clean! Touch wood
    Atticus pics are my fave. Seriously, I could stare at his face forever!

    Your Mom’s chilli sounds like the perfect comfort food!
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  19. Omggg that chili looks so good!! Wow. I don’t experiment that much with gluten free baking, but I am always so interested when others do! I would love to try most of Davida’s creations.

    I hope you get to the bottom of things soon and that your trip to the doctor’s office is productive, girl!
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  20. Ok, that banana bread looks OUT OF THIS WORLD good. I am absolutely going to have to be giving that a try. Great post! So glad I came across your blog. Xo
  21. I hope your momma plans on sharing that chili with all of us blog readers! That looks amazing and garlic bread- yes please. Love all the snacks you made. The superbowl is definitely an acceptable day to eat plenty of avocado!
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    • I can ask, but I don’t think she even has a recipe, to be honest – she just throws in ground beef, canned tomatoes, various cans of beans and seasonings!
  22. Is it sad that I can’t really remember what I ate on Sunday? Oh, the joys of getting old! I was over at my parents’ for dinner, though, and we didn’t really have any typical Superbowl fare since we’re not really big on football. But I was happy to see ‘my’ team win

    As for baking, I actually really love experimenting with different styles — it makes me get a little more creative. I’ve managed to avoid fails for the most part, but I have a feeling my luck is going to run out soon and I’ll end up with hockey pucks coming out of the oven.
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  23. Yep! We had homemade bbq smoked pork which was phenomenal and tons of chips and veggies with dip. No guac though which made me sad It’s been entirely too long since I’ve had guac…need to remedy that soon!
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  24. MMMM your superbowl food looks great. I did not eat superbowl food, but I made it for my hubby and his buddies. I was eating a little junky over the past week so I wasn’t really craving anything because I already had it! Last night for dessert I had vanilla ice cream with angel food cake and a piece of peanut butter fudge mixed in. Somehow my fudge came out tasting exactly like peanut butter icing this time… Oh so good!
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  25. I was so bummed that I didn’t do anything big for the Superbowl this year…it’s usually one of my favorite days of the year (cuz of the eating, of course). Last year I made greek yogurt onion dip, guacamole, crockpot meatballs, oreo balls….just sooo much food. Your food looks great and balanced! Chili is a really good idea. It’s usually high in protein and fills you up!
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  26. Oh my gosh the pecan bars look incredible and it was nice of you to make a healthier dessert too! I’d have tried both as well I tend to eat chili frequently in the winter so that’s what I skipped at my Super Bowl party! I went for more “rare” foods.
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    • My brother’s girlfriend is gluten and dairy free, and I felt bad at Christmas when she couldn’t eat any of the desserts – and I figure that options are never a bad thing
  27. Beer AND bacon pecan bars? Who are you? And why are you not sending these to me?

    Cheese topping? Ahh it really does make everything better. I’m excited to try out some whole30 style treats soon- not sure how successful I’d be
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  28. I may or may not make vegan recipes just so I can eat the batter!!! Lol

    I’m glad you liked the b-bread! It really is divine!
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  29. That chili looks amazing! As do those desserts. I can’t wait to make Davida’s banana bread. I don’t remember what I ate on Sunday, but I’m pretty sure none of it had anything to do with football.

    I don’t always love experimenting with gluten free baking because I find it is very hit or miss, but I love vegan baking.

    The last dessert I had was the Oreo cheesecake bars I made last weekend.
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  30. I think I am one of the only people who actually didn’t watch the Superbowl or eat any party food! The banana bread looked sooooo good!
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  31. Mmm I garlic bread
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  32. Licking the spoon is always the best part.

    I think I will be looked down upon for saying this, but I’ve never had chili before. It looks so good, but I never seem to have chowed down on some.. I need to get on that.

    Woah woah woah.. Those desserts would be a danger in my kitchen. I don’t think they’d make it a full week.. I love drizzles and banana bread too much.
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  33. I am hoping your body will respond well to the adjustments you are making and be able to balance back out. I really didn’t even watch the super bowl as I had a town of work to do (and no one I knew threw a super bowl party seeing as Seattle beat out my team in the playoffs…) so no fun eats for me, but I did enjoy some good ol regular eats. I am big into gf/df baking, it is all about trial and error for me, gluten-free baking is hard, gosh darnit!

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