Healthy Super Bowl Recipes for a Touchdown-Worthy Game Day
Healthy and Easy Snacks for a Super Bowl Party
The Super Bowl is prime time for a healthy diet derailment. From high-fat dips to buffalo wings, it may seem like there's not much room for anything low-cal let alone nutritious, but these healthy Super Bowl recipes will leave you thinking otherwise. All these appetizers, snacks, dishes, dips, and desserts will keep your Game Day meal plan delicious and light. From stuffed celery that's inspired by buffalo wings to loaded nachos that are unbelievably low in calories, all of these healthy football recipes deserve a spot on for your football party's menu. (If you're on the whole high-fat eating plan train try: Keto Super Bowl Recipes That'll Even Impress Carb-Lovers)
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Pizza and football go together like PB&J. But if you’re set on making a healthy swap for the typical delivery pie, consider this healthy Super Bowl recipe. It’s lower-carb and higher-protein thanks to chicken and a tortilla crust, but it’s still cheesy and flavorful. (Related: Cauliflower Tortillas Are the Latest Low-Carb Alternative to Go Viral)
Creamy, Low-Calorie Mexican Dip
Creamy and low-calorie aren’t mutually exclusive. This dip is loaded with nothing but nutritious ingredients, like Greek yogurt, which is rich in protein, and avocado, which is packed with healthy monounsaturated fats and vitamins. (For more ways to snack smart, check out these healthy snacking hacks for any football party.)
Shrimp and Avocado Appetizers
The secret to hosting a large group is having satisfying Super Bowl healthy apps in case you’re running late with the rest of the food. These little stacks of shrimp, avocado, wasabi, and cucumber will definitely buy you time.
Chipotle Bean Nachos
Need a vegetarian main? Assemble these loaded nachos for everyone to share or set out a toppings bar so guests can load up to their liking (and you don't have to do all of the work). Now that's what you call an easy Super Bowl snack. (Related: These Mediterranean Nachos Will Be a Touchdown at Your Game-Day Party)
Philly Cheese Steaks
If you’re planning to go the sandwich route, cold cuts are great, but a cheesesteak will score you extra points. This lighter version of the sub has 272 calories, 21 grams of carbs, and 31 grams of protein per serving.
Super-Easy Slow Cooker Three-Bean Chili
The Super Bowl is lengthy, so a CrockPot can keep something at the perfect temperature through the fourth quarter. This vegan chili has 17 grams of fiber per serving, a huge chunk of the FDA’s daily recommended 25 grams. (Psst...you should also check out these healthy slow cooker recipes for additional easy football snacks.)
Instant Pot Candied Cajun Trail Mix
Between all the cooking and cleaning, simply prepping for a football fiesta can be overwhelming. But guess what? It doesn't have to be. In fact, with the right super bowl recipes—like this quick and easy creation—having friends over for the big game can be a breeze. Instead of waiting around for one dish to cook before starting another, make the most of your meal prepping by tossing cajun spices, maple syrup, nuts, seeds, and chickpeas into your slow-cooker for 10 minutes and then the oven for 5 minutes. The result? A sweet and spicy snack that packs a craveable crunch—and plenty of healthy fats. (For more trail mix magic, check out these homemade trail mix recipes that fuel your football watching.)
Chocolate-Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
If you only serve one dessert, then go with something universally-liked: cupcakes. These relatively healthy, chocolate, PB, banana cupcakes are basic, so you can decorate the tops with your team's colors.
Hoison Glazed Turkey Meatballs
Swapping red meat for lean ground turkey is a super-easy way to transform regular ole meatballs into healthy super bowl snacks. But turkey is boring…right? Not when it's loaded with flavorful ingredients like tamari, sesame oil, ginger root, chili paste, and scallions. And at just 140 calories and an impressive 12 grams of protein for three meatballs, these football snacks are definitely worthy of being served.
Individual Spicy Greek Layered Dips
The sneaky way to make sure everyone gets enough of each layer in the infamous seven-layer dip is to make mini individual dip cups. Serve this Mediterranean style dip and you won’t have to put up with that guy who just takes all the cheese. (Related: 50 Easy Mediterranean Diet Recipes and Meal Ideas)
Hearty Beef and Bean Chili
Chili is another classic Super Bowl party recipe. Since meal prepping right after cooking for a party is a hassle, make a huge pot of this recipe and you’ll have leftovers to eat throughout the week. (Related: Easy Crockpot Chicken Recipes That Will Change Dinner Forever)
Vegan Pretzel Bites with Spicy Mustard Dip
Nothing says "game day" more than a warm pretzel. And now you can enjoy these football snacks without having to score a seat in the stands. Plus, by making them at home, you can play around with the size (e.g. sticks instead of bites) and control the amount of salt sprinkled onto the bites, so you can sneakily serve low-salt super bowl snacks. (On that note...here's everything you need to know about sodium.)
Baked Chicken Wings with Raspberry Hoisin Glaze
Win over guests with these healthy chicken wings, which only require a handful of ingredients and 45-50 minutes in the oven. And just because they're not dumped into a vat of bubbling oil doesn't mean they're not just as good as the fried version—just the opposite, actually, thanks to a raspberry jam, ginger, and hoisin glaze that delivers an addicting sweet and tangy taste. (Related: Recipe Ideas for Healthy Chicken Wings to Spice Up Your Snack Game)
Gooey Rocky Road Bars
If you think rocky road is just an ice cream flavor, then you’ve been missing out—it was originally a delicious chocolate candy dessert. This version is a light Super Bowl snack compared to traditional recipes, but thanks to a layer of toasted marshmallows, they still taste decadent.
Buffalo-Style Stuffed Celery
Does anyone ever actually eat the celery that comes with wings? Nope. Stuff some stalks with a bleu and cream cheese mixture, though, and you’ll definitely have takers. (Pair these healthy football snacks with these Pinterest-famous low-calorie buffalo wing recipes.)
Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus
Give the tried-and-true chickpea spread a fresh update by adding sun-dried tomatoes and tomato paste. Packed with lycopene (a good-for-you antioxidant responsible for that fire-engine red hue), these colorful additions make hummus even more of a crowd favorite. Pair with veggies for extra fiber or pita chips for a hearty crunch. (See also: Is Hummus a Good Source of Protein?)
BBQ Spaghetti Squash Sliders
Vegetarians and vegans, rejoice! These healthy Super Bowl snacks are free of meat and full of pickled onions, arugula, and, of course, low-carb (keto-approved, especially if you nix the bun!) spaghetti squash. And thanks to the homemade BBQ sauce, these low-fat sliders taste so much like traditional pulled pork that even meat lovers will be asking for seconds. (Sound up your alley? Check out these healthy ways to cook with spaghetti squash.)
Football Game Day Cookies
When it comes to easy snacks for a Super Bowl party, chocolate chip cookies fit the bill. In addition to their ooey-gooey goodness, these cookies are stuffed with team spirit thanks to colored M&Ms. Simply choose the chocolates with your team’s colors and you’re one bite, err, step closer to sweet victory.
Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Tartlets
Picadillo with Olive and Raisins
Essentially a hash made of ground beef and lots of spices, this picadillo pairs perfectly with corn tortillas for a taco-like treat or with cabbage leaves as a paleo lettuce wrap. And with a surprisingly delicious sweet taste thanks to the raisins, you might just want to eat it plain. With so many ways to chow down on these Super Bowl eats, let your guests decide which way is best by serving buffet style.