Planning a Super Bowl Party this Sunday? Tackle the unhealthy game-day eats with these healthy super bowl snacks instead!
If we’re being completely honest, I really couldn’t care less that the Super Bowl is this weekend. Yes, I’m going to be that person. NFL really isn’t my thing (I prefer college football), and the teams that I do try to cheer for aren’t playing. So watching two teams in a sport that I’m not a huge fan of… not my idea of a great night.
Of course I’ll be watching it in spite of that, along with everyone else in the US. Instead of the game, I’m looking forward to the snacks. Ok, and maybe the commercials.
Super bowl snacks are traditionally a healthy food nightmare. Chicken wings, chips and dips, lots of desert; you know the drill. This is exactly the type of opportunity I love to tackle (ha) with a healthy spin, so I’ve rounded up a few healthy super bowl snacks that can take the place of the not-so-healthy options. And of course, there’s always room in a healthy diet for some fun (I live by the 80/20 rule!) so I’m also including one of my all-time-favorite dessert recipes; enjoy in moderation, if you can!
3 Healthy Super Bowl Snacks
Always a winner in my book, hummus is a great alternative to the heavy dips that usually pop up at super bowl parties. Feel free to keep your chips, but also make sure to provide an assortment of fresh cut veggies to maximize the healthy-factor on this snack. I also like to cut up pita rolls to serve with hummus; even better, pop them in the oven for a few minutes to toast for a crunchy chip alternative!
With the addition of veggies and whole wheat pitas, hummus makes a great, well-rounded healthy snack that’s also filling. Start off with this classic hummus recipe, or if you’re feeling festive, give it a flavorful twist. I love to make pumpkin hummus, but you can also mix in a roasted red pepper (remove the skins!), extra garlic, or other herbs and spices to make your own humus flavor. I’ve found that adding flavor makes hummus more of a crowd-pleaser; even picky eaters who claim to dislike hummus usually go for the roasted red pepper or pumpkin flavors!
Yes, you can have your nachos and keep them healthy too. Skip the nachos loaded with tons of cheese, sour cream and who knows what else and instead clean things up by making the following choices:
- Chips: Tortilla chips aren’t the worst choice out there, since they’re typically just made with corn, oil and salt. Blue corn chips might be a slightly healthier option with a little more protein, and I also like the options with added seeds and grains. Make sure you know your serving sizes!
- Meats: Don’t skip the meat! Brown your own burger meat with taco seasonings; keeping meat in your nacho plate will help to fill you up with protein.
- Cheese: Again, serving sizes are your friend. Try lightening up the cheese to just a sprinkle, and instead loading up on the veggies and other toppings. Swap your sour cream for a low-fat Greek yogurt; your guests probably won’t even know the difference!
- Toppings: Go wild with the veggies including tomatoes, onions and spinach. Add some extra protein and fiber with black beans, and a little healthy fats with sliced avocado.
Looking for a vegetarian option? I dare you to look at this recipe without drooling. It’s a cleaned-up version of nachos featuring potatoes topped with veggies, beans and avocado.
Soup in a Mug
Soup is actually one of my favorite things to serve at a party. As an appetizer or light meal option, you can serve it in coffee mugs for easy access whether people are sitting or standing around the tv.
If you’re looking for a hearty but healthy soup, try this Pumpkin Butternut Squash soup. You can make it thick and chunky and serve with a crusty piece of bread (or those pitas from your hummus platter), or thin it out for a more traditional soup.
Chili is also a healthy soup choice and a popular super bowl option!
A Not-So-Healthy Super Bowl Dessert
The Best Brownies Ever
Bold statement, I know, but this brownie recipe is sure to be a hit. Even better news? The recipe uses a box mix and a few other store-bought ingredients, so you won’t even spend the whole day in the kitchen!
I’ve said this many times before, but I truly believe that a healthy lifestyle means living by the 80/20 (and sometimes 70/30) rule. That means that 80 percent of the time I make healthy choices, and the remaining 20 I allow myself to indulge a little bit. These brownies are the ideal 20% treat! Fill up on some of the healthier options above, then by all means enjoy one (or two!) of these delicious squares of chocolate peanut butter heaven.
What are you cooking up for the super bowl?