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Looking for delicious, crave-worthy ideas for your game day menu? These incredibly tasty and healthy game day recipes are a lighter take on classic Super Bowl foods! These dips, snacks, bite-sized treats, and entrees for a crowd are sure to impress your friends and family!
Super Bowl party menus can often be a land of temptation – who can resist mozzarella sticks, 7 layer dip and fries?
I’m all for those foods in moderation, but I also want to be able to enjoy all of my favorite game day treats, totally guilt-free.
This game day menu has all of your favorite Super Bowl dishes, but they are all completely made over to be much healthier than the original versions. They still taste amazing though, so you won’t notice the difference!
How To Plan Your Game Day Menu
Food is one of the best things about Super Bowl Sunday! And this selection of amazing snacks, appetizers, and meals for a crowd are definitely going to be a hit with your family and friends. Here are my tips for planning out your game day menu, to make the day as easy and stress-free as possible!
Prep The NightBefore: There is nothing worse than feeling like you’re crunched for time the morning of a big party or gathering. I like doing as much as possible ahead of time so that on the day of, all I have to do is pop a few things in the oven and cook any hot items on the stove. But as far as prep goes — here is what I like to do the night before: chop all veggies for all items – salads, entrees, etc and store them in the fridge; bake all desserts; and pre-cook any items like pasta or pizza dough.
Plan for Lots of Finger Foods: Snacking throughout the super bowl is one of the best parts about game day! Finger foods are a win-win – they’re super easy to prep, and also easy to serve. You can even forgo entrees for the most part and make the entire menu finger-food-friendly.
Plan Communal Meals: If you’re doing to add some entrees, plan meals that can be served family style, so people can just take as much as they like without you having to do anything in the kitchen!
Get Organized! Depending on how many people you’re serving, I like to get all of my plates/cups/drinks/silverware etc. ready and organized a day or two before game day.
How To Make Healthy Game Day Recipes
Making traditional Super Bowl Party recipes healthier is actually really easy to do with just a few simple swaps! No matter the recipe, here are my tips for lightening up those game day classics:
Use Less Butter and Oil: In most recipes, you can get away with cutting the amount of butter or oil in half and still getting great flavor. Cutting out the butter/oil reduces the total fat and calories in the dish.
Swap in Some Whole Grains: Replace any refined white grains with whole grains! Switch out white bread for whole wheat or sprouted wheat bread, white tortillas for corn or whole wheat, white rice for brown rice or quinoa, etc. This will increase the fiber and nutritional value of the dish!
Reduce the Sugar: In all baked goods, you can likely cut the amount of sugar down by 1/2 or 1/4 and still get a really sweet treat!
Add in Some Veggies: Certain veggies like baby spinach or cauliflower virtually melt into most dishes so that you can’t taste them. Add them to stews, casseroles, tacos, or even dips!
Healthy Game Day Recipes: Appetizers and Dips
This selection of appetizers and dips are super easy to make, are rich in flavor, and perfect for feeding a crowd!
Mushroom Toast with Spinach and Roasted Garlic
When you sink your teeth into this mushroom toast, you’ll know you’ve found your next favorite lunch, breakfast, or snack combination! Soft tofu, roasted garlic, mushrooms, onion, and baby spinach are sautéed with spices, then topped with parmesan cheese on a whole wheat baguette toast.
This healthy guacamole recipe is easy and simple to make. It's a great variation on the authentic Mexican recipe. It's perfect to serve as a topping on tacos and enchiladas, or great as a dip with some chips.
This incredible Vegan Aioli is going to be your new go-to sauce. It’s paired with mushroom nuggets that have been coated in breadcrumbs and garlic and then baked to perfection. This homemade aioli sauce has a rich and delicious flavor.
This healthy, seven layer taco dip is a party table's best friend! Lightened up from the traditional bean dip recipes but with all of the same great flavor, you'll love how this bean dip tastes with chips, veggies or even on its own. Ready in just 20 minutes and kid-friendly too!
If you want a salad for your Super Bowl spread, try one of these refreshing recipes below. They’re all served in a “chopped salad” style, so they’re easy to serve and combine with a variety of other foods on your plate!
Easy Recipe for Grape Salad
This refreshing recipe for grape salad brings sweet and savory together to create the perfect side dish! With a bit of added kick from the addition of jalapeño peppers and creaminess from the avocado and cojita cheese, the sweetness of the grapes are nicely balanced.
It wouldn’t be a super bowl party without a bunch of snacks! From air fryer sweet potato fries and chips, to healthier mozzarella sticks, and lightened up nachos – these recipes are decadent and drool-worthy bites that everyone will love!
Air Fried Sweet Potato Fries
These Air Fried Sweet Potato Fries are spicy, crispy, and bake up to a perfect golden brown. Easy and quick they're a healthy alternative to traditional fries!
One of America’s favorite snacks just became healthier with these air fryer mozzarella sticks. This recipe is so easy and full of delicious flavor. Makes a great snack, or appetizer for your next party.
Healthy Game Day Recipes: Delicious Entrees for Feeding A Crowd
What’s a super bowl party without burgers, pizza, mac and cheese, and chili? We’ve also included some classic crowd favorites like lasagna, tacos and chilaquiles if you want to mix things up a bit!These healthy game day recipes will make you forget they’re actually good for you!
The Best Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili
This recipe blew my husband, the veggie-chili-skeptic, away. He no longer responded with “this isn’t chili,” but instead said “this is really good!” He even went back for seconds. It’s got the deep flavor of traditional meat chilis, but is much healthier and vegetarian friendly.
These healthy vegan chipotle black bean burgers are protein packed and perfect for summer cookouts, barbecues and easy family dinners! Simple substitutes make the patties gluten-free, and the creamy, delicious tahini sauce makes this the ultimate veggie burger!
Lentil Falafel Burger Recipe with Creamy Feta Sauce
This lentil falafel burger recipe is made from tiny, quick cooking beluga lentils. Sweet potato is the sneaky ingredient that beefs up these patties and gives them a slightly sweet flavor. Spices like cumin, sumac, and oregano take you straight to the Mediterranean. It's finished with a creamy feta sauce!
Healthy Mac and Cheese is the comfort food you have been craving! It’s so creamy and decadent, and is filled with whole wheat macaroni, veggies, and a rich, cheesy sauce. It's lower in calories and fat than your typical mac and cheese recipe, but still super satisfying and absolutely delicious!
This healthy homemade pizza is loaded with veggies, made with a whole grain crust, and topped with gooey mozzarella and fresh parmesan. Ready in 30 minutes and guaranteed to please even the pickiest eaters!
Vegetarian BBQ Flatbread (Black Bean Pizza)
This healthy, flavorful BBQ Flatbread pizza with corn, black beans and red peppers is easy to make at home and is low in calories. Loaded with fresh veggies, this black bean pizza recipe is a fun twist on traditional pizza and keeps in the fridge for up to 4 days!
A crispy whole wheat crust is topped with melty mozzarella and fresh pesto to create this mushroom flatbread pizza that makes for a family friendly meal any day of the week! It's a truly authentic artisan flatbread pizza, that rivals anything you'd order in a restaurant!
Melted brie and taleggio cheese, sliced pear, arugula, and honey are sandwiched between a whole wheat baguette and pressed to perfection to create this gourmet grilled cheese sandwich. Ready in just 15 minutes and kid-friendly too!
This super satisfying veggie lasagna is a hearty, healthy version of the classic Italian recipe. Made with whole wheat noodles, fresh herbs, packed with veggies and a mixture of cheeses, this is a one dish meal that will soon become a favorite among your family and friends.
If you love Mexican food, then you’re going to adore chilaquiles rojos! This classic Mexican dish is filled with black beans, peppers, tomatoes, and spices with layers of corn tortilla smothered in a rich tomato sauce. It’s a vegetarian-friendly Mexican casserole the whole family will love!
These healthy and delicious vegan tacos are great for an easy weeknight meal. Packed with black beans, veggies, and spices, they're full of flavor, ready in 30 minutes, and perfect for the whole family!
These healthy desserts are sweet heavenly confections. From brownies, to cookies to pies and more, we’ve got you covered! They’re so good, you won’t believe they’re actually healthy too!
Cherry Crumb Pie
This delicious Cherry Crumb Pie with frozen cherries is packed with fruit and is topped with a crumble made from almonds and oats. This is a great dessert for any get together: for picnics in the summer to Halloween to Christmas!
There is nothing more decadent, fudgy, and delicious than these Gluten Free Brownies. They are made with simple ingredients and yield an unforgettable brownie that you will want to make time and time again.
This is the best Healthy Vegan Carrot Cake recipe you'll ever make! This dairy free, lightened up carrot cake is soft, moist, and beautifully sweet. Lots of cinnamon, allspice, and walnuts in every bite!
You don't have to sacrifice great flavor when you make lightened-up baked goods! This simple, healthy, chocolate chip banana bread recipe is super moist and tastes delicious. Kid-friendly, and can be made gluten-free or vegan too!
Because all of us won’t be hosting our own super bowl parties, you may not have control over what’s available to eat at any game day gathering you attend! So while you’re watching the game, keep these 5 tips in mind:
1. Eat Mindfully: Don’t graze at the buffet table at every commercial break. Take one small plate of food and stick to it. Try to fill up 2/3 of it with healthier/nutritious options, leaving 1/3 for indulgences. If you want a bit of everything, take a small (golf ball-sized) portions of each item – think small bites. Also, sit as far away from the buffet as possible so you’re not tempted after you’re done with your plate!
2. Try to stay away from the fried stuff: And if you have to, just take one chicken wing or one mozzarella stick for an indulgent taste.
3. Remember that drinks have calories too! 1 glass of beer has 100 calories, as does 1 glass of wine. Mixed drinks have way more calories and sugar, so stick to beer and wine if you can!
4. Work out on game day: The players are working hard, why shouldn’t you too? I like going for a run in the morning before I head out for the day – it energizes me and gives you a bit of wiggle room if you’re trying to stick to a healthy diet.
5. Don’t overdo the sweet treats: Again, if you want a bit of everything, take literally 1 bite of each dessert – about 1-2 Tbsp worth. Or, if you’re feeling really healthy – go for some fruit salad instead!
These vegetarian dishes are filled with protein and fresh ingredients. Family and friends will love my best vegetarian chili ever; it has all the flavor and smokiness of the traditional version, but it’s loaded with veggies and is totally meat-free.
Many of my vegetarian recipes can also be made into vegan versions with smart swaps and easy alternatives.