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Healthy Super Bowl Snack Recipes to Kick Off Game Day

Super Sunday 2021 is February 7, which means it’s time to start planning  your Super Bowl festivities. While you may not be hosting a big party this year, you and your family can still enjoy football, fun, and (of course!) food. I’ve put together a list of healthy Super Bowl snack recipes I know you’re going to love. Believe it or not, your game-day eats can be both delicious and good for you!

3 men cheering while watching super bowl. What are super bowl snack ideas?
Super Sunday is February 7 (Image Source: Shutterstock)

The Best Super Bowl Party Food

Is your usual Super Bowl menu pretty standard? If so, check out these lighter takes on traditional game-day fare. You can enjoy all your favorite foods in more nutritious and satisfying recipes.

Buffalo Bacon Lettuce Cups

For a healthier take on buffalo wings with blue cheese dip, a Super Bowl staple, check out these light and delicious bacon lettuce cups. You’ll enjoy the tastes of traditional wing sauce and crispy bacon without loading up on deep-fried chicken, leaving you more room for other yummy snacks. With lettuce and grape tomatoes, you’ll get in a healthy serving of veggies without feeling like you’re eating a lackluster salad.

Loaded Chicken Nachos

No game day is complete without a generous helping of nachos loaded with tasty toppings . . . but they’re not always the healthiest choice. This may be the best nachos recipe you’ll ever try, and it packs tons of good-for-you ingredients, too. The chicken and beans make for a nice serving of protein, and the cheese provides both protein and calcium. Add peppers for a dose of vitamins A and C, potassium, iron, and folate. You’ll never bother with heavier takeout nachos again!

Cchicken nachos on a serving plate.
Loaded Chicken Nachos (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Turkey Sausage Pizza Pockets

Ordering pizza on Super Sunday can be tricky. Everyone has the same idea, so you could wait two hours or more for it to arrive. This year, instead of calling for delivery, try serving these easy pizza pockets with marinara sauce for dipping. With turkey sausage, arugula, Parmesan, and a perfectly crispy crust, they’re packed with flavor and are super satisfying. They’re also the perfect way to enjoy the great taste of pizza in a smaller portion size.

Healthy Turkey Chili

Chili is one of my favorite winter recipes. It’s warm, hearty, and filling, and it’s easy to make it nutritious with a few simple ingredients. Check out this healthy turkey chili with fiber-rich kidney beans, which you can prepare in advance in your slow-cooker to make life easier. If you prefer, you can use ground chicken in place of the turkey. Either way, it’s rich in protein and full of delicious flavor—and you can make it as spicy or mild as you like!

Homemade Turkey Chili with beans and scallions.
Healthy Turkey Chili With Fiber-Rich Kidney Beans (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Vegetarian Super Bowl Snack Recipes

If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, it’s easy to feel left out on Super Sunday, when everyone else is loading up on chili and wings. This year, give these awesome veggie dishes a try.

Skillet Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Who doesn’t love a yummy dip? This creamy skillet spinach and artichoke dip will be a runaway hit, especially when served with crispy fire-roasted bread. Spinach is an excellent source of vitamins A, B2, C, and K, as well as iron and folate, and artichokes are rich in antioxidants and dietary fiber. Choose whole-wheat bread for added fiber and nutrition, and you have a winning combo. This dish is a great choice for vegetarians, but don’t be surprised if it’s popular with everyone.

Savory Vegan Pepita Guacamole

Speaking of dips everyone loves, I think I’ve found the best guacamole recipe for chips, chili, and nachos. This recipe features pepitas (pumpkin seeds), which are an excellent source of heart-healthy fat, protein, manganese, magnesium, and iron. (Who knew the stuff you cleaned out of your jack-o-lantern last Halloween was so good for you?) With chopped white onions, cilantro, lime, and jalapenos, this tasty guac is full of flavor and entirely plant-based.

Guacamole in a bowl and nachos on the side, avocado sliced in half, sliced lime and 2 chilis.
Savory Vegan Pepita Guacamole (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Crispy Zucchini and Pecorino Fritters

Craving something crispy? Try this super-easy oven-baked zucchini fritters recipe. With Pecorino cheese and panko bread crumbs for flavor, you won’t miss heavier fare like fries or onion rings. Feel free to add a little garlic powder if you like! Cooked zucchini is particularly rich in vitamin A, which is important for your immune system.

Zucchini fritters in a plate with a dip on the side.
Crispy Zucchini Fritters – Image Source: Shutterstock)

Vegan Sweet Potato Quesadillas

If you need another vegan option for your Super Bowl menu, check out these flavor-packed sweet potato quesadillas. Okay, “quesadilla” translates to “little cheesy thing,” so these aren’t true quesadillas, but they’re tasty all the same. Sweet potatoes are full of fiber and nutrients, and they’re much lower in calories and fat than traditional cheese-and-meat quesadillas.

More Healthy Snack Ideas

Do you feel like your Super Sunday menu is still incomplete? You might think about trying some tasty barbecue recipes, like marinated and grilled seasonal vegetables, glazed chicken, and even barbecued dessert. If it’s too cold to venture outside, you can prepare these recipes on a cast-iron grill pan on your stove. Be sure to preheat it for about five minutes before you begin cooking, and don’t forget to reseason it after washing.

Air Fryer Football Foods – Cillas’s Stuff & Things

Another great option for meal prep is air-frying, which is a healthier method of preparation than deep-frying, in large part because it requires less oil. You can air-fry just about anything you would deep-fry, like chicken, veggies, and desserts. If you’re in the market for an air fryer, I recommend this NewAir air fryer, which works well at a great price.

Enjoy Your Super Sunday!

It’s been almost a year since we began practicing social distancing, and life hasn’t been easy for any of us. That’s why I think it’s so great that we can safely enjoy a time-honored tradition like Super Sunday. Although most of us can’t gather for big parties, we can spend time with the people in our “quarantine bubbles,” enjoying the game and some good grub. After months of strange news, it’s nice to do something that feels so normal.

What are your favorite Super Bowl snacks? What are you doing to make Super Sunday 2021 fun? Let me know in the comments.

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