What’s more important than football on Super Bowl Sunday? Having enough snacks to last through halftime.
But Super Bowl snacking doesn’t have to wreck your waistline and New Years Resolution progress. There’s more than wings and chili. (Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean we did away with the wings and chili on this list.)
From chips and dips, to wings, chili and sweet treats, here are 18 recipes to blitz your party-goers.
Guacamole is always an instant win, but this brocc-amole is a delicious way to make for a healthier win. While there are actually no avocados in the recipe, the mix still turns out creamy and green like the old-fashioned stuff. Plus it’s a low-cal, low-fat dip with lots of vitamin C—over 100 percent of the daily recommended value in a cup .
Made of Neufchatel cheese (essentially lower fat cream cheese), Greek yogurt, and a little mayo, this dish stays light while achieving the perfect creamy consistency. Spicy green chiles and jalapeños add some heat while panko breadcrumbs bring on the crunch.
This recipe tackles a notoriously unhealthy junk food and morphs it into a snack you can feel good about eating during the big game. With fiber-filled sweet potatoes as the base and guac and melted cheddar as toppers, these skins perfectly combine sweet and savory. Add chopped roasted veggies to sneak in an added nutrition boost.
While bruchetta typically requires a couple of hunks of crusty bread, this version uses zucchini instead. A traditional tomato mixture tops the veggie slices along with shredded mozzarella.
This dip actually tastes like cookie dough (and it’s healthy). Don’t tell anyone at the party: The dip is made mostly from chickpeas (gasp!), a good source of high-quality protein. Try dipping in apple slices or homemade cinnamon pita chips.
Can’t avoid the wings? Tthese super simple wings are broiled instead of fried. To bump down the fat content even more, try boiling the wings before broiling. Serve with carrot and celery sticks and extra hot sauce. The best part: You can snack on four of these wings for about 150 calories. Not bad!
Classic spinach and artichoke is usually loaded with cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, and shredded cheese. This version gets its creaminess from white beans and sesame seeds, instead. Feel free to add a little plain Greek yogurt to up the creaminess level even more. There’s tons of fresh flavenoid-rich spinach packed in the dip bowl .
These snacks actually encourage double dipping. The ingredients inside the clear cups (must be clear so you can see each part!) are the same ones used in traditional layered dip, but transferring them out of a casserole dish makes for easy portion control. Plus, there are veggies tucked in there! Pair with whole-grain tortilla chips, and sub plain Greek yogurt for sour cream for a healthier layer of tang.
Popcorn, which is one of our favorite satisfying low-cal snacks, gets a fancy upgrade with chili powder, cumin, pepper, paprika, and sharp jalapeño cheese (we suggest cutting the recipe to use one cup of cheese). Choose a low-fat, low-sodium pre-packaged variety of popcorn, or pop your own kernels in a small paper bag in the microwave.
Do away with all the guilt that comes with conventional mozzarella sticks with this baked version. For mess-free baking, freeze the sticks before popping them in the oven to help them hold their shape. Serve with marinara sauce or sriracha for a spicy kick.
This smoky chili gets it’s richness from a touch of unsweetened cocoa powder and unsweetened chocolate. Don’t expect it to taste like chocolate fondue—the chili has got all the normal seasonings, beans, and ground turkey you’d expect, with the added bonus of cocoa powder (which studies suggest can lower blood pressure and regulate levels of the stress hormone cortisol) .
These tots ditch the tater and sub in vitamin A rich pumpkininstead. Though this recipe calls for homemade pumpkin purée, feel free to use the canned version instead. The final product is both sweet and smoky with chipotle peppers, chili powder, smokedpaprika, and brown sugar. Ooey, gooey cheddar sneaks its way into each bite, too.
Normally, dills deep-fried in oil aren’t exactly (OK, not even remotely) healthy snacks. Thankfully, this version bakes the pickle slices with a simple egg white breading and a dusting of olive oil. Try ‘em with this healthier ranch dip made with fat-free sour cream and Greek yogurt. Fun fact: some types of pickles are also a great source of stomach-friendly probiotics
We’ve called upon our friend the mini-muffin tin yet again! Instead of using less-than-healthy white pizza dough, these pizza-esque treats turn to cauliflower for the base. The nutrition breakdown is pretty stellar too, with just over 20 calories each, 1 gram of fat, and 2 grams of fiber. Serve them warm with a bowl of pizza sauce for dipping!
Nachos may not be the healthiest snack out there. But adding homemade bean dip, salsa, guac, sliced olives, and some shredded cheese to individual tortilla chips not only makes for even distribution of toppings, but it also helps with portion control.
These grown-up treats have only five ingredients. Plus, they’re gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free. Why are they so sunny? The rice gets extra flavor from a hearty helping of sunflower seed butter, which has significantly more magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper and selenium than either almond or peanut butter. If you’re feeling extra spirited, try shaping the treats into footballs!
Talk about an easy game-day dessert. These chocolate-covered strawberries (one of our favorite healthier ways to satisfy your sweet tooth!) take no time at all and are so cute you might not want to eat them. On second thought, who are we kidding? Added bonus:Strawberries have a ton of immunity boosting vitamin C.