It starts with a coin toss—not to determine who gets the ball first, but whether you stick to your diet while watching the big game or indulge in fan favorites. Heads, it’s a green salad with spicy dressing. Tails, you get juicy, drool-inducing buffalo wings. This time, you don’t have to leave it up to chance. You just need a spread that can do both: satisfy your diet and your appetite! Not sure how to make it happen? We got your back whether you’re vegan, gluten-free, paleo or flexitarian. Here’s your guide to healthier game-day eating.
Appetizers & Snacks
There’s never a bad time to eat potatoes. Whether your team is winning big or struggling to keep up, you’re going to want these twice-baked potatoes on your plate. Top them with hemp sour cream, coconut bacon bits and green onions for a dish that’s sure to score.
Prefer sweet potatoes? This Sweet Potato Fries Recipe offers perfectly sliced fries, crispy but not overcooked, and thick, creamy roasted onion dip. No forks necessary!
Chickpeas are not just for grinding into hummus; they make a great snack on their own. Simply roast them with turmeric, cumin, garlic powder and onion powder, and you’ve got a snack made for munching.
Your spread is not complete without this party staple. Dress up the usual combination with a luxurious and savory cream cheese mixture tossed with salmon and spices.
When it comes to snacks, it’s hard to top crisp, salty potato chips. But you know better than to indulge. For a healthy-foodie-approved alternative that won’t fumble, go with carrot chips! Don’t be fooled by their crunchiness or zesty, finger-licking flavor—these richly seasoned bites come without excess fat and calories.
Bacon is not just for breakfast, of course. Combined with beef and bulked up with breadcrumbs, these bite-sized balls will fill you up if you’re not careful!
There’s a lot to love about nachos. When they’re made right and piled high with toppings, they can be more of a meal than an appetizer. Rather than fill your plate with conventional potato chips, opt for ones made from sweet potatoes.
This easy-to-make dish is a culinary win! It’s the hearty mixture of pineapples, beans, salsa and jalapenos that will get your guests in a huddle.
Throw a game-winning pass with this creamy, can’t-stop-eating dip. No dairy means no foul play, so your guests can keep eating to their hearts’ content. You may want to keep more than one can of kidney beans on hand for this one.
If you’re drooling over the thought of hot wings, this buffalo hummus will get you in the game. Add more hot sauce if you dare! Serve this dip along with crunchy Everything Flaxseed Crackers.
You can’t have football without wings! Instead of conventional hot sauce, these wings are baked with honey, nutritional yeast and spices giving them a mouthwatering kick. If you want greens with your spicy chicken, try this chopped salad.
Maybe burgers are more your style. How about a Chickpea Hemp Burger? Loaded with good-for-you ingredients like hemp seeds, flax, chickpeas and TigerNut flour, these plant-based patties are perfect for those who partake in Meatless Monday every day.
If you’re busy prepping your game day feast and making your home guest-ready, you’ll welcome this slow cooker recipe. While you’re running around, a delicious dinner will be simmering away on the stove. Plus, this classic is even more simple thanks to a seasoning mix.
Want a vegan version? This Easy Meatless Sweet Potato Chili has a quick-cooking method that comes in handy when there’s no time to spare.
Let’s face it, chocolate chip cookies are a must for any party or get-together. While there’s nothing wrong with coveting traditional versions, we think it’s time to branch out. Start with a few healthy swaps, such as using coconut oil in place of butter, and you might end up with a new favorite you’ll use for football parties and tailgates to come!
Here’s a game you can play with your guests: ask them to guess the “secret ingredient” in these brownies, and see what they come up with. We bet no one will suggest black beans!
Find your favorite chocolate-to-peanut-butter ratio and make these easy-peasy cups all your own. They fall somewhere between dessert and candy, but luckily, there’s no added sugar, preservatives or artificial colors unlike your favorite childhood candy cups.