14 Super Bowl Recipes & National Championship Ideas

Who is ready for more football? Here are 14 Super Bowl recipes as well as some ideas for the National Championship game tomorrow night with Alabama and Notre Dame. Tomorrow is a big night for us living in Alabama, and so I decided to put together my Super Bowl recipe list for you early. I hope everyone had a great holiday break. My kids go back to school tomorrow, and I can’t believe three weeks has gone by so fast. They love this Turkey Tortilla Soup recipe and all of the other 13 recipes below. Enjoy for football or party entertaining anytime of the year.

Mini Calzones from Ingredients, Inc.

Kale and White Bean Crostini by Camille Styles

Lightened Up Mexican Layer Dip via Ingredients Inc.

Chicken Artichoke Casserole via Add a Pinch

Rosemary Infused Nuts via Ingredients Inc.

Quick and Easy Cheese Board via Spoon Fork Bacon

Bistro Pasta Salad via Ingredients, Inc.

Football Truffles by Bakerella

Double Chocolate Football Cupcakes by The Baker Chick

Spinach Dip with Greek Yogurt via Ingredients Inc.

Kale and Artichoke Dip via Spoon Fork Bacon

Salmon Crostini via Pinterest

Dark Chocolate Brownies by Ingredients Inc.

What are Your Diet Pitfalls?

If you are trying to lose weight, whether it be ten pounds or one hundred pounds, it is not uncommon to backslide into unhealthy eating and exercise habits. In March 2011, CNN identified “The Moments That Make us Fat” from dinner at a buffet restaurant to resisting dessert at a swanky cocktail party. According to James Hill, executive of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado, it can be dangerous to rely solely on willpower to sustain your diet in challenging situations. “Willpower is not inexhaustible, ” Hill told CNN.com. You only have a certain amount of it, and it’s gone.” Instead of relying on willpower, Hill suggests planning ahead. Identify the situations that tempt you to veer away from your healthy habits and plan strategies to keep yourself on track.

Diet Pitfall: Vacation

When you’re on vacation, sipping cocktails by the pool and indulging in new regional cuisine might be appealing but it will quickly result in weight gain if you aren’t careful. When on vacation, enjoy local food and beverages in moderation. Try to get plenty of exercise on vacation to offset indulgences.

Diet Pitfall: After a break-up

Instead of seeking comfort in your favorite flavor of ice cream or a deep-dish pizza, opt for exercise. The endorphins released during a sweat session will improve your mood. If you’re ready to get back out there and mingle, choose a group activity, like training for a 5K, which will help you socialize and meet new people.

Diet Pitfall: A party with fabulous food

Parties can be an easy place to fall off the diet wagon, especially when there is a spread of delicious food and drink. Before you head to your next affair, eat a small, healthy snack and limit alcohol consumption to avoid overindulging.

Diet Pitfall: Watching TV

When you settle in to watch a night of prime time TV, it can be tempting to pair your favorite shows with an unhealthy snack. Instead of eating junk food when you aren’t even hungry, beat mindless eating by becoming more aware of your own hunger cues. If you need to eat a snack, opt for fresh fruit, veggies or low-fat yogurt.

Diet Pitfall: A Buffet

Whether you’re dining out or enjoying a meal in someone’s home, buffets offer endless temptation.  Limit yourself to one plate of food and fill half of it with fruits and vegetables. If a second helping tempts you, drink a glass of water and wait twenty minutes before eating again to decide if you’re actually hungry. The cute diet journal (above) can be found at Cafe Press.  Thanks to Diets in Review and author, Maris Callahan, for sharing this post.