This weekend is one of the biggest sports events of the year — the Super Bowl.
Even people who can’t tell a running back from a piggyback are heading to parties to watch the game, hang out with friends, and most importantly, chow down on Super Bowl fare.
Unfortunately for healthy diets, most football snacks are deep-fried, cheese-coated, or both. This year, bring one of these healthy recipes to the party — they’re delicious, easy, and much lighter than traditional versions of game day food.
Green Beans in a Blanket via Chef Mom
These pigs in a blanket gone green are bound to be a crowd favorite, even among die-hard carnivores. Wrap green beans and a bit of shredded, low-fat cheese in pre-made biscuit dough and bake for 15 minutes.
Baked Honey Garlic Chicken Wings via Salu Salo
It isn’t a football party without BBQ wings. These sweet, garlicky chicken wings are baked, not fried. For fewer calories take off the skin or start with skinless wings.
Vegan Nachos via Healthy Happy Life
Nachos aren’t exactly a health food, but this vegan version is a bit lighter than the mounds of cheese and ground meat found at most restaurants. Feel free to add extra roasted vegetables and trim down the (non-dairy) sour cream and cheese.
Mini Cauliflower Pizza Bites via Dashing Dish
These mini muffins have a cauliflower base, so they’re perfect for gluten-free guests or anyone avoiding carbs. The recipe calls for turkey pepperoni slices, but switch in some roasted peppers, onions, or mushrooms for an extra dose of vegetables.
Roasted Poblano Guacamole via A Finn in the Kitchen
This guac recipe takes a bit more work than just smooshing up a few avocados, but the extra flavor is well worth the effort. The roasted poblano pepper gives this all-star dip some smoky and spicy depth.
Banana, Almond and Chocolate Ice Cream via Girl Cooks World
No party is complete without something sweet at the end. This “ice cream” is actually made of frozen bananas! Blend together frozen banana chunks, almond butter, and chocolate chips together and serve with extra chopped almonds and chocolate on top. For a harder ice cream consistency, stick the mixture back in the freezer for an hour or two.
Baked Mozzarella Sticks via Prevention RD
These healthy mozz sticks are a long way from the greasy diner staple. Instead of breading and deep-frying chunks of cheese, wrap low-fat mozzarella in wonton wrappers and bake them until golden brown. Serve with tomato sauce for some bonus nutrients.
Crispy Kale Chips via Tastefully Julie
Ditch the Doritos and put out a bowl of these (healthy) bad boys instead. To make them, simply wash kale, dress with olive oil and a bit of sea salt, and roast in the oven until crunchy and crispy.
Feta Stuffed Mushrooms via Recipe Girl
These fancy-looking snacks are much easier to make than they appear. Use low-fat feta cheese to get maximum flavor and just a few calories. Goat cheese would work great with these, too.
Four Bean Vegetarian Chili via Crackers on the Couch
Most Super Bowl parties are all about the snacks and appetizers, but this main dish strikes the perfect balance between hearty and healthy. The four types of beans keep guests full, but it’s a bit lighter than a meat stew. Top each bowl with cornbread, avocado, cheese, or whole-wheat crackers.
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