With the big game fast approaching I’ve been scouring the web for tasty, easy and most importantly, healthier recipes for appetizers and sweets that would be great for a crowd of hungry football fans. Healthier super bowl recipes are often copy cats of their less than healthy original versions or altogether new and inventive creations. I’ve compiled an assortment of recipes that I hope you’ll enjoy whipping up for your friends and family:
Cottage Cheese Spinach Dip from Jo-Lynne Shane
This easy recipe replaces the typical packet of dressing mix with bottled spices. This helps to control the quality of ingredients and eliminates any of those undesirable ingredients in the packaged mixes too. Cottage cheese takes the place of heavier ingredients like cream cheese and mayo to give you full flavor with less fat and calories.
Cucumber and Hummus Cupcakes from Amy Hudson at Creative Kids Snacks
Talk about festive! These “cupcakes” are the perfect vehicle for upping your veggie intake on Super Bowl Sunday. A bit of simple, decorative prep on the cucumber bases creates a perfect cup for hummus, as shown here, or any other pipe-able dip/spread. The addition of veggie garnishes adds additional flair and nutrients too.
Cowboy Caviar from Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb
This quick and colorful recipe is packed with fiber and nutrients. Open a few cans, chop a few veggies, but don’t tell your guests how easy it was to put together. This recipe is also easy to tailor to your tastes. If you aren’t a fan of an ingredient you can simply leave it out or substitute it with more of another. If you make this at all in advance, I would hold off on adding the avocado until you are ready to serve it just to prevent any browning, though the lime juice should definitely help with that.
Skinny Southwest Chicken Dip from Kristin at Yellow Bliss Road
This dip would be perfect with chips, but equally good in lettuce “cups” or on a tiny sandwich roll. Using Greek yogurt significantly cuts the calories using cream cheese, sour cream or even mayo would have yielded. I might even consider kicking the heat up a bit in this recipe by including a diced jalapeno.
Baked Pickle Chips from Ari at Around my Family Table
If you aren’t a fan of fried pickles I’m not sure we can be friends. The tart bite paired with the hot and crispy coating is something I love. When I saw this recipe for Baked Pickle Chips I knew it would be the perfect game-time munchie for people looking to indulge without going overboard. I’d probably pair these with a ranch-style dip made with Greek yogurt or simply with yellow mustard for fried pickle purists. If you’re making these for a crowd you may want to slice up an extra batch of pickles and mix your dry ingredients so you have reserves to make a second batch quickly.
Broiled Buffalo Wings from David and Renee at Leite’s Culinaria
Delicious buffalo wings are a perfect game time snack, but who has the time or energy to deal with all the mess of frying? And who wants all those added calories on top of it! Enter the Broiled Buffalo Wing. Not only does boiling then broiling replace the hassle and additional calories of frying these wings, the traditionally butter-laden sauce is lightened up significantly by using chicken stock in it’s place. Genius!
Ranch Roasted Chickpeas from Charlene at My Frugal Adventures
Sometimes chips just don’t cut it, so why not turn to a more fiber-rich, but still snacky option like roasted chick peas. These little babies pack tons of fiber and are perfect to set out on your appetizer table. This recipe is for the ranch variety, but Charlene has provided some additional flavor ideas too. If you’re serving Southwest themed fare the lime and chili option might be a great or if you’re looking for a light, but sweet, treat the cinnamon and sugar version might hit the spot.
Baked Zucchini Fries from Beth at Budget Bites
With the crunch of panko and a hint of Parmesan cheese these Baked Zucchini Fries are sure to hit the spot. Serve them with marinara for dipping and you’ll have yourself another easy way to get more veggies while enjoying the game.
Healthier Sweet Treats
Cinnamon Toasted Almonds from Krista at Joyful Healthy Eats
The aroma of cinnamon wafting from your oven should be enough to convert even your fussiest eater over to the healthier side of snacking. Just four ingredients and an hour in the oven produces these beautiful nuts. If you’re cooking for a crowd you’ll probably want to double the batch to ensure you have enough because I’m guessing they’ll go fast.
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Granola Apple Bites from Georgia at The Comfort of Cooking
These apple wedges are the perfect vehicle for a little peanut butter, crunchy granola and a hint of chocolate. If you’re setting them out for any period of time you may want to dip the apples in a little lemon water before assembling to prevent browning.
(No Sugar!) Cookie Dough Dip from Chocolate Covered Katie
Katie is a star at putting together sinful, yet healthy recipes. The “secret” base in this dip is chickpeas or white beans, but don’t let that scare you. The base is enhanced and covered by the addition of typical cookie dough ingredients like vanilla and salt. In this version dates add a natural sweetness instead of using sugar. Serve this dip with cut fruit, graham crackers or hide it from your guests and eat it with a spoon after they’ve gone home
A HUGE thank you to all the wonderful authors that shared their recipes and allowed me to re-post their beautiful photos. It’s the generosity of people like them that inspires healthier eating! Please stop by their websites to grab the full recipes and leave a comment.
About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.
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