While I love football, the snacks are what I look most forward to on Super Sunday. Eating and watching football is as American as Apple Pie; your snacks, on the other hand, don’t have to be as unhealthy as the sugary, carb-loaded dessert that for some reason represents our country.
If you’re trying to stick to your New Year’s resolution, or just want to put out a healthy spread, I have compiled a list of some of the best healthy Super Bowl snacks you can choose.
These healthy Super Bowl snacks will taste so great you’ll feel like a real Chief, and it won’t cost too many Buccaneers.
The snacks are broken up into three categories:
Rookie, for those that just want to pick up something easy and healthy.
Pro Bowler for the healthy home cook looking for simple Super Bowl Sunday inspiration.
Hall of Famer for the home cook looking to go a step above average and impress.
In honor of Super Bowl LV this weekend, here are 30 healthy super bowl snacks.
Just because they’re ‘rookie’ level doesn’t mean they’re bad. In fact, in 1988 Timmy Smith set the Super Bowl rushing record as a rookie and two of the most famous Quarterbacks of all time, Kurt Warner and Tom Brady, won the Super Bowl in their first year as starters. So fill up a healthy ‘super’ bowl of these no-fuss snacks.
The Crunchy Division
This hard-hitting group of snacks is as easy as opening a bag and pouring it into the bowl. When scouting crunchy superstars look at the ingredient list. There are generally salty and low to no sodium versions of the aforementioned foods. Opt for the lower sodium selections. Also, beware of additives like corn syrup and unhealthy flours, they’ll put your gut on the injured reserve. One rule of thumb is to avoid flavored versions of these snacks. If you want to add flavor to these crunchers read on for healthy dip options.
Mixed nuts are a healthy crowd-pleaser, try to avoid extremely salty versions which lower the nutritional value.
Green Pea Crisps
Green pea crisps are a popular low-carb, low-sodium snack solution you can find in most grocery aisles.
Keep an eye on the sodium levels, again, remember if you want to add flavor it’s better to select a healthy dip or salsa to pair.
This popular meal replacement bar maker has branched out into the world of savory snacks. If you’re having trouble locating them, come to your local Project LeanNation. We carry them as well as an assortment of other sensible snack options.
Whether a bag or homemade, this superfood will give you a satisfying crunch without the guilt.
A light and airy snack that is healthiest, lightly seasoned, and air-popped.
The Veggie Tray Division
On their own or grouped together on one glorious tray these snacks are fresh and filling. As with any store-bought snack, monitor the ingredients to make sure you’re choosing a healthy option.
Red bell pepper with guacamole
Red bell peppers are extremely healthy, and we know that avocados are a superfood. You can pair most veggies with guacamole for a great snack, but the red bell pepper compliments the southwestern flavors best.
Celery sticks with whipped cream cheese
You know, I used to be a chef, but I quit…I wasn’t happy with my ‘celery’. That’s obviously a joke because I love celery, it is the only snack that is actually a net negative in calories, meaning you burn more calories chewing this healthy product than you do ingesting it. Pair this snack superstar with a whipped version of Philadelphia’s famous for an easy dipping experience.
PRO TIP: If you can’t find pre-whipped cream cheese, it’s easy to make on your own with a stand mixer. Just add a block of the famous bagel topping to the mixer, whip it on the highest level with the whisk attachment for 5 minutes, and add a tablespoon of sparkling water for the last 20 seconds. Transfer to an airtight container, it will stay for 3 days.
PRO BOWL TIP: If you want to take it to the next level, you can add things like minced garlic and minced onion for more flavor!
Cucumber slices with hummus
Hummus is a real Mediterranean delight, and as one of the go-to vegetables of Mediterranean cuisine, cucumbers are a match made in heaven. However, don’t be shy to make this chickpea puree the center of your veggie tray. Read on for an easy 3 minute homemade hummus recipe.
Baby carrots with blue cheese dressing
Blue cheese dressing on its own is not extremely healthy which is why I’d suggest this is the only pairing of the “Veggie Tray” division that should play on its own so to speak, meaning you should only pair it with carrots.
Carrots contain carotenoids which may reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, and cataracts; they also serve as an excellent source of Vitamin A. When you pair carrots with a creamy dressing or dip the fat actually increases your absorption of the carotenoids.
The Cheese Division
Maybe you’re a Green Bay fan, or you’re just a regular “cheese head” because you know it is a healthy substitute for sugar cravings that activates the same pleasure centers in the brain. While cheese on its own is healthy, it is usually paired with the boring carb bomber you may know as the “cracker”. Here are some healthy cheese pairings for your Super Sunday.
Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella
Tomatoes and mozzarella are an elegant filling snack, add some fresh basil for bonus points.
Cranberries and Mozzarella
If you like mozzarella but aren’t a big fan of tomatoes try dried cranberries. However, you’ll want to get the cranberries from a natural store, because most dried cranberries are packed with excess sugar.
Cheddar and Apples
Replace the crackers with a cheese pairing that will also keep the doctor away. Mild or sharp, cheddar and apple are a great well-rounded snack.
Apple and Brie
This is a fancier cheese and apple pairing. You can make a tray with apples, brie, and cheddar giving your guests more options.
Parmesan and Pineapple
The tropics meet the Mediterranean in this unlikely pairing of salty and sweet. Pineapple made our list of the 10 healthiest fruits you should be eating. Here’s one outside of the box way to get pineapple in your diet.
High-Cacao Dark Chocolate and Swiss
The naturally sweet and nutty cheese pairs well with bitter foods; high-cacao Dark Chocolate is a great option for the flavor profile pairing.
Bleu Cheese and Pears
Speaking of ‘pairs’, match gorgonzola with pears for an elegant snack solution
Pro Bowl Snacks
So you’re ready to put in the work? These healthy recipes will have you receiving recognition from your peers like a true Pro Bowler.
The Savory Conference
These mouth-watering snacks are not only delicious but allow you to wear jeans without busting your belt. Skip the sweatpants and stay classy with these healthy super bowl snacks.
Healthy 3 Minute Hummus
As we mentioned earlier hummus is a super healthy super snack. Step up your game and make your own!
Garlic Bean Dip
A great recipe to follow if you want a dip that will pair well with veggies and your healthy crunchy snacks.
Sweet Potato Skins
Upgrade your potato skins with sweet potatoes, spinach, and chickpeas for added protein and just enough cheese to make you forget you’re being healthy. Get the recipe here.
Air Fryer Carrot Fries
If you have an air fryer there are a ton of creative healthy snacks you can make. This carrot fry recipe will impress your guests.
The Chocolate Conference
Craving chocolate? These recipes will scratch that itch without scraping your weight loss plans.
Ants on a Log for Adults
Update this childhood favorite with nut or seed butter and replace the raisins with dark chocolate chips. High in protein, healthy fats, and antioxidants, this healthy super bowl snack is dietitian-approved.
Dark chocolate-dipped Frozen Bananas
For a cool treat that’ll satisfy the sweet tooth but won’t break the calorie bank: Peel bananas, insert popsicle sticks into them and melt 70 percent cacao or greater chocolate chips in a double boiler. Dip, freeze, and enjoy.
PRO TIP: Sprinkle with coconut chips or nuts after dipping to add texture
Hall of Fame Snacks
Make your Super Bowl Sunday so memorable they’ll be putting your plaque on the wall and telling stories of your culinary creativity.
Jim Kelly Recipes
Named after Buffalo’s most popular Hall-of-Famer; these healthy takes on the city’s famous chicken wing are great options for healthy Super Bowl snackers.
Everything Bagel Baked Chicken Wings
Even if your favorite team has a zero on the scoreboard this take on the classic bagel will leave you delighted.
Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower
The Bills didn’t make the big game but you can bring Buffalo to Super Bowl Sunday with this super easy recipe.
Healthy Garlic Parmesan Wings
We’ve already noted Parmesan is a healthy cheese option, and garlic has quite a few benefits as well. Bake these wings to control the fat.
Healthy Flavor-your-Own Wing Bar
If you’re feeding a crowd and want to offer several options, here’s a great idea. Simply bake a bunch of wings, make an assortment of healthy sauces and let your guests choose their flavor!
Baking your Chicken Wings is an easy process:
- Heat oven to 425 degrees
- Top wings with vegetable oil and lightly salt
- Place wings in the oven on a wire rack with a dripping tray
- Cook for 35 minutes, flipping once
Healthy Sauce Recipes
Create these healthier sauces to accompany the wings. Scale the recipes to your needs:
3 tbsp Melted Butter, 1 Tbsp Cider Vinegar, 2 tsp Sriracha, 1 clove minced garlic
Fresh Green Heat
½ cup Salsa Verde, zest of 1 lime, ½ tsp ground cumin; garnish with chopped cilantro
¼ cup coconut cream, 2 tsp sesame oil, 2 tsp curry powder, zest of 1 lime; garnish with sliced scallion
⅓ cup light mayo, 2 tbsp rice vinegar, 1 tbsp minced ginger, 1 tsp wasabi paste; garnish with black sesame seeds
Walter Payton Recipes
Here are a few healthy recipes inspired by the 1985 Super Bowl Champion nicknamed “Sweetness.”
Avocado Chocolate Mousse
Skip the heavy cream and excess sugar found in traditional mousse with this delectable dish. Make avocado chocolate mousse with 1 avocado (which is high in fiber and heart-healthy fats), ¼ cup of honey, ¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of unsweetened almond milk, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Top it off with fresh berries and a sprinkle of nuts.
Healthy No-Bake Snack Bars
Whip up these delicious snack bars and be your super bowl party’s superstar.
The “effort to ‘wow’ factor” ratio is in your favor with this healthy snack your kids and friends alike will love.
Prep ½ a cup of strawberries, mango, and blueberries in separate, microwave-safe bowls. Microwave each for about 1 minute. In a blender, separately blend each ½ cup of fruit with 1 cup of plain, 0% Greek yogurt and a pinch of stevia if you’d like.
On a lined baking sheet, add large dollops of each colored yogurt and use a spoon to swirl the colors together. Top with coconut flakes, freeze, break into pieces and enjoy. With Greek yogurt and fruit as the base, unicorn bark provides protein, fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients like vitamin C.
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