The Big Game is near! Whether you’re cheering on your favorite team or only watching for the great commercials, score some major points by putting out a winning spread! We gathered 35 healthy game day dips, appetizers, small bites and main dishes to help you out.
No matter what team you cheer for, we can all agree that one of the greatest things about football season is taking a time out to savor game day snacks. Tasty as they are, what you may not realize is that many of the most beloved tailgating foods aren’t the healthiest
Does that mean it’s time for your home team to resign themselves to a season of celery sticks? Not so fast. With a few simple tweaks, you can give old favorites a new and healthier spin that is sure to please the discerning palates of sports fans big and small.
Here are a few tips to a healthier Game Day spread:
Swap sour cream for Greek yogurt.
Top chili, like this Hearty Turkey & Kale Chili, and other dips with Greek yogurt, which is low in sugar and high in calcium and protein. Want to kick it up a notch? Try adding chopped cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime. This 5-Ingredient Tzatziki Dip is another great option!
Make your own fresh salsa.
Store-bought salsas often blitz attack you with sugar and preservatives. The next time you’re craving something zesty, skip the shelves and head to the produce section. When it comes to homemade salsa, let your imagination and taste buds call the play. Grab a few tomatoes, an onion, cilantro and garlic to create a classic rendition. Feeling adventurous? Add diced mango, peaches, or pineapple for something a little different like this Peach Tomato Salsa.
Touchdown with fresh fruit.
To satiate sweet-craving kiddos, ditch the sugary, processed candy and serve nature’s candy as a healthy alternative. Banana pops drizzled with honey and rolled in nuts and chocolate are sweet treats that will leave sports fans cheering for more. Try these Banana Crunch Pops or Fun Fruity Skewers with Orange Dip.
Sack the bagged corn chips.
Flavorful, baked cheese crisps are a delicious, protein-rich alternative to greasy, fried corn chips. Just spread shredded Parmesan cheese, about 1/8” think, on a baking pan (coated with nonstick cooking spray) and bake in 400°F oven for 5 minutes. Break into chips. Eat them plain or put them on dipping duty. Or try these Chili Lime Kale & Spinach Chips!
Hand off your beef burgers for veggie or turkey.
Ground beef can be high in fat, but swapping for a leaner meat, like turkey, or taking the veggie route can cut calories and fat. Just make sure to top your burgers with lots of veggies for an extra health kick that will keep you fuller longer. Try the Very Veggie Burgers or Turkey Burgers this season.
Here are 35 Healthy Game Day Recipes for your spread:
5-Ingredient Tzatziki Dip – Produce for Kids
Buffalo Parmesan Hummus – Frugal Foodie Mama
Cowboy Caviar – Produce for Kids
Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus – Food Faith Fitness
5-Layer Greek Dip – Produce for Kids
Green Goddess Veggie Dip Cups – The View from Great Island
Fully Loaded Guacamole – Valerie’s Kitchen
Black Bean & Corn Salsa – Produce for Kids
Restaurant Style Chipotle Salsa – Home Cooking Memories
7-Layer Taco Dip – Produce for Kids
Fresh Tomatillo Salsa – A Cedar Spoon
Quick & Easy Roasted Tomato Hummus – Produce for Kids
Appetizers & Small Bites
Baked Avocado Fries – Produce for Kids
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites – Skinnytaste
Cheesy Cauliflower Tots – Produce for Kids
Cheese Stuffed Apple Chicken Meatballs – Well Plated
Mac n Cheese Muffins – Produce for Kids
Mini Taco Tortilla Cups – Lemons for Lulu
Smashed Red Potatoes – Produce for Kids
Walnut & Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms – Aggie’s Kitchen
Air Fryer Mexican Cauliflower Rice Taquitos – Produce for Kids
Football Deviled Eggs – My Mommy Style
Sesame Chicken Wonton Cups – Produce for Kids
Mini Baked Potato Bites – The Joyful Foodie
Buffalo Chicken-Stuffed Celery – Produce for Kids
Spicy Crispy Roasted Chickpeas – Give Recipe
Breaded Cauliflower Bites with Pizza Dipping Sauce – Produce for Kids
Pepperoni Pizzadillas – Produce for Kids
Loaded Sweet Potato Skins – Holley Grainger
Hidden Veggie Cheeseburgers – Produce for Kids
Baby Baked Beef Burritos – Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Beef & Black Bean Sliders – Produce for Kids
BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad Sliders – Aggie’s Kitchen
Hearty Turkey & Kale Chili – Produce for Kids
Pizza Zucchini Boats – Cooking Classy