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.
Tips for 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 Chocolatey Fruit Skewers.
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 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:
Juicy baked chicken and apple meatballs stuffed with sharp cheddar and bathed in an apple butter barbeque sauce. These sassy meatballs are a guaranteed hit at any party or game-day celebration and can be adapted to fit your slow cooker too!
Potato skins and game day go hand-in-hand, but don’t get sacked with overly greasy foods on your field. These baked potato skins are still crispy, cheesy and delicious, but just a little big healthier. No flags on this play!
Whether you’re looking for a quick game day snack, something to munch on for a family movie night or an appetizer for an upcoming party, these quick and easy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls should be added to your list!
Score a touchdown at your tailgating party with this buffalo chicken stuffed celery. Buffalo wings can be messy, but this recipe has all the flavor of wings in a healthier, crunchy snack. Heading out early for a tailgate? You can prep these ahead of time!
Cowboy Caviar is the perfect veggie-packed dip! Full of healthy ingredients, it’s perfect as a salsa, dip or topping for salads, chicken or fish. You can prepare in advance, just leave out the avocado until ready to serve to keep from browning.
Yes, you can make fries with avocados! These crispy oven-baked avocado fries are a delicious appetizer or snack. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, or make your own cilantro lime dipping sauce using Greek yogurt.
Healthy snacks to keep in the refrigerator for when the munchies strike, or super cute portable appetizers for your next party — and let’s just say that the dreaded communal dip bowl is now a thing of the past.
These Barbecue Ranch Chicken Salad Sliders are a perfect addition to any game day menu because they can easily be made ahead of time and aren’t overly filling but work great with whatever else you may be serving.
These little beef burritos are filled with spicy beef, jalapeño, onions, black beans, corn, cheese, and a mix of herbs and spices, and they are baked until slightly crispy. What makes them babies? They are made with taco sized flour tortillas.
Whether creating a Homegating spread to cheer on your favorite team, celebrating Cinco de Mayo or just looking for a way to spice up Taco Tuesday, this ultimate taco board will amaze family and friends!
Taquitos are a kid-friendly and easy way to get veggies into kiddos, and this homemade version is no exception. Packed with cauliflower, black beans and corn, kids will happily eat these for lunch, dinner or as a snack.
Looking for a new way to serve salad? Why not turn it into these fun wonton cups for a healthy appetizer? Just a few ingredients required – wonton wrappers, a chopped salad kit and chicken – to make a fun dish everyone will rave about!
Amanda’s marketing, public relations and community outreach experience spans 20 years. She is the mom of two girls and two boxer dogs. You can hear her as the host of the Healthy Family Project podcast, find her cooking alongside her girls in videos on the Produce for Kids Instagram feed or spot her out volunteering with her family. When not in the office, Amanda can be found with her family on the tennis courts or at the dance studio.