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40 Healthy Game Day Recipes

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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!

assortment of healthy game day recipes for the super bowl

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 Night Before: 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 on a wooden cutting board
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. 
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mashed potato fritters with onions and kale, served on a white plate, top view
Mashed Potato Fritters with Kale and Onions
These mashed potato fritters are perfect to use up things in the fridge. I also love that they fit as a snack, appetizer, or meal.
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Low calorie healthy guacamole recipe served in a bowl with a tortilla chip garnish.
Healthy Guacamole Recipe
This easy, homemade healthy guacamole recipe is packed with flavor and is so simple to make! Serve it as a topping on tacos, nachos, and enchiladas, spread it on sandwiches or toast, or enjoy it as a dip. Ready in just 15 minutes, this low calorie guac also just happens to be vegan and gluten free friendly too!
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2 minute vegan aioli recipe in a glass jar
Vegan Aioli
This creamy Vegan Aioli takes any vegan sandwich and makes it better! It's made with 5 basic ingredients and tastes just like garlic mayo. This is my go-to sauce for veggies, french fries, and roasted salmon.
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healthy cheese dip - easy kale dip recipe with pita chips in a white bowl
Healthy Kale Dip with Cream Cheese and Smoky Onion
This healthy kale dip made with smoky onion and cheese is packed full of flavor. It's a lightened up sharing dip, perfect for pot lucks, BBQ's and parties!
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Guilt-Free, Healthy 7 Layer Taco Dip
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!
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Easy Salads for Game Day

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!

recipe for grape salad with avocado and cojita cheese in a white bowl
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.
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tomato avocado cucumber salad in a white bowl
Tomato Avocado Cucumber Salad
This tomato avocado cucumber salad recipe is super simple. It’s full of fresh veggies, summer tomatoes, chickpeas, feta and spices. No cooking required: just chop your veggies, toss and serve.
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feta salad with lentils, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn in a bowl
Simple and Fast Lentil and Feta Salad
This simple and quick Lentil and Feta Salad is made with cucumbers, juicy grape tomatoes, red onion, corn, and bell pepper for a high protein, nutrient-packed salad hearty enough to make a meal!
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Spinach and Arugula Salad with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese
This salad is bright, light, and peppery – the perfect summer salad! Pair it with any entree for an easy and healthy dinner.
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Healthy Super Bowl Recipes: Bite-Sized Snacks

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 in a yellow basket
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!
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baked and crispy courgette chips with parmesan, stacked on an oven rack
Baked Courgette Chips With Parmesan
Crispy and cheesy oven baked courgette chips are a healthy alternative to fries or potato chips.
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air fryer mozzarella sticks served on a wooden cutting board with tomato dipping sauce, top view
Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks
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.
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air fryer ravioli on a white plate
Crispy Air Fryer Ravioli
Air Fryer Ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta are dipped in breadcrumbs then air-fried until crispy. Enjoy with a spinach marinara sauce for a healthy, satisfying, and easy weeknight meal or party appetizer!
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crispy easy vegan air fryer buffalo cauliflower wings recipe in a bowl
Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower
Spicy, crispy, air fryer buffalo cauliflower is paired with creamy ranch dressing and celery sticks. It's a simple appetizer or snack that's perfect for game day!
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Loaded veggie nachos piled with veggies, jalapenos, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, olives served on a white platter.
Loaded Veggie Nachos
Making loaded veggie nachos has never been easier! Layers of chips, melty cheeses, and the best toppings come together to make the perfect side dish or main dish. These nachos are easily customizable making them great for the whole family. Enjoy them for cinco de mayo, game day, or movie nights – this no meat nacho recipe is delicious any time of year!
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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 served in a white bowl topped with green onions and cheese
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.
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chipotle black bean burgers with tahini sauce and sweet potato fries
Chipotle Black Bean Burgers with Tahini Sauce
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!
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falafel burgers pictured against a marble background, topped with tomatoes and lettuce and a feta sauce
Lentil Patties with Creamy Feta Sauce
These lentil patties are 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!
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Homemade vegetarian black bean burger on whole wheat bun, topped with baby spinach, tomato, onion and served with home fries on the side
Black Bean Quinoa Burgers
These vegetarian black bean quinoa burgers are easy and quick to make, so they are perfect for a healthy weeknight meal. 
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healthy mac and cheese with broccoli served in a white bowl
Healthy Mac and Cheese
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!
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Healthy Homemade Pizza (Vegetarian, Kid Friendly)
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!
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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!
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closeup of Mushroom Flatbread with Roasted Vegetables
Mushroom Flatbread Pizza Recipe
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!
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top view of garlic bread grilled cheese on a wooden cutting board
Gooey Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese Sandwich
This Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese with French Onions is the ultimate gooey cheesy indulgent sandwich with a healthy twist. Packed with flavor and done in minutes, it's comfort food at its best!
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Sourdough grilled cheese sandwich with apple and brie cut and stacked on a plate with fresh herbs.
Sourdough Grilled Cheese
This irresistibly delicious sourdough grilled cheese is ready in just 10 minutes. Melted brie, thinly sliced apple, and honey are layered between two slices of sourdough, then grilled until golden. This is guaranteed to be the best sourdough sandwich you'll ever eat! 
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Mexican bean soup served in a bowl topped with avocado and tortilla chips.
Mexican Bean Soup
This delicious, comforting Mexican Bean Soup topped with avocado and tortilla chips is full of authentic Mexican flavors. Easy, healthy, and versatile, this soup can be made vegan and is naturally gluten free!
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slice of easy hearty italian healthy vegetable lasagna recipe (low calorie, low fat, kid friendly vegetarian lasagna) on a white plate
Hearty Healthy Vegetable Lasagna (Easy, Kid-Friendly!)
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. 
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chilaquiles rojos in a white casserole dish
Chilaquiles Rojos
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!
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vegan tacos with black beans, avocado, veggies, and cilantro, served on a white plate
Vegan Tacos with Black Beans and Avocado
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!
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Game Day Desserts

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 crumble pie against a white background, top view
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!
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healthy chocolate chip cookies stacked on a cutting board, with one cookie broken for a closeup inside and milk in the background
Secretly Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sinking your teeth into one of these healthy chocolate chip cookies is so satisfying and delicious. With only 100 calories per cookie, they are sweet, chewy, and the perfect dessert for all occasions! 
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Keto Peanut Butter Cookies dipped in chocolate and nuts, on white plate
Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies
These super easy Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies require only 6 simple ingredients. They're low-carb, sugar-free, gluten free, and a total treat!
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gluten free brownies stacked on top of each other against a white background
Delicious Flourless, Gluten Free Brownies!
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. 
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vegan carrot cake with cream cheese frosting on a white plate
Vegan Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
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!
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easy, healthy, gluten free vegan lemon tart recipe on a white plate
Vegan Lemon Tart
A vegan lemon tart with a nutty crust and sweet but tangy lemon curd filling. It's a simple but elegant dessert even dairy-lovers can't resist. Sweetened with maple syrup & dates, this tart is vegan, gluten-free, & refined-sugar-free too!
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closeup of cheesecake bites topped with fresh raspberries
Cheesecake Bites (Healthy + Easy!)
You’ll want to savor every taste of these rich Cheesecake Bites! They are velvety smooth, creamy, and the best decadent dessert for all occasions.
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Healthy, gluten free chocolate chip banana bread sliced on parchment paper.
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (Healthy Recipe!)
You don't have to sacrifice great flavor when you make lightened-up baked goods! This healthy chocolate chip banana bread recipe is super moist and tastes delicious. It's kid-friendly, gluten-free, and can easily be made vegan too!
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no bake peanut butter bliss balls on a white platter
Peanut Butter Bliss Balls
These healthy, 100 calorie peanut butter bliss balls are easy to make, super delicious, kid-friendly, and decadent; but are also vegan, gluten-free and low in sugar!
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Mexican Fruit Salad with cubed melon, mango, jicama, dragon fruit, lime juice, and a hint of spicy chili - served in a blue bowl
Mexican Fruit Salad
A simple Mexican Fruit Salad with cubed melon, dragon fruit, jicama, kiwi, lime juice, and a hint of spicy chili. It's an unexpected and delicious take on the traditional fruit salad.
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Can’t Control The Game Day Menu?

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!

Looking For More Healthy Game Day Recipes?

Try some of these fun and festive recipes!

Hope these tips are helpful to you, and if you’re throwing your own super bowl party – try some of these recipes! You and your guests will love them!

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Vegetarian Recipes ·

These easy, quick, plant-based vegetarian recipes are healthy, made with whole foods, and are filled with protein and fresh ingredients!

Here you’ll find delicious, mouth-watering appetizers, drinks, side dishes, soups, salads, pastas, casseroles, breakfast dishes, snacks and more – all completely vegetarian friendly!

Many of my vegetarian recipes can also be made into vegan dishes with smart swaps and easy alternatives.

Family and friends will love my instant pot vegetarian chili; it has all the flavor and smokiness of the traditional version, but it’s loaded with veggies and is totally meat-free. Some other favorites include this mushroom soup without cream, my low calorie omelette, these vegetarian wontons, and this veggie burrito bowl!

26 responses to “40 Healthy Game Day Recipes”

  1. I appreciate your tips to prepare for game day and these delicious looking healthier options for snacking.

  2. I love that these are healthy, because I often will mindlessly eat everything while watching! Thanks for the roundup, I am going to be sure to make some of these soon 🙂

  3. You have such a gorgeous baby!!!! I’m glad you have a great support system, it helps so much. I remember my mother-in-law constantly making sure I was eating, since I would only think about baby she made sure to think of me too.

    • Awww thank you so much Jesse!! And yes – I don’t know what I would do without my support system! It’s funny I’m having the same experience with eating/showering/basic necessities for myself – I need to be reminded to do it otherwise it doesn’t happen!

  4. Aww Anjali I love the pic of Layla! I’m so impressed that even while just being a new mom, you are still posting amazing and healthy recipes and tips! You are seriously Super Mom now lol! Can’t wait to read and see more of Layla! I hope you and your family are doing well also cherishing every moment with Layla! <3 you!

    • Awww thanks Eisha!! Your support means a lot 🙂 I still feel like I’m in newborn lala land for the most part! hehe. We are doing great — definitely trying to soak in every minute!

  5. I hope you and Layla are doing well! She’s such a cutie pie! And I love all of your tips – will definitely have to keep in mind when I’m watching the game. Thanks!

  6. thanks for all the recipes….but the center of attraction is layla..OMG she looks super cute in her attire..she is sure a bundle of joy for you guys :-))….i am glad your dad is helping you out with baby and house hold stuff…..take care and enjoy the motherhood…

    • Awww thank you so much Jyo! Yes that photo was from our newborn photo shoot that we did a couple days ago 🙂

    • haha!! if you really do end up serving your carnivorous friends these burgers, I’d love to know what they thought! You might want to start with the chili recipe to ease them into it 🙂

  7. I am going to try the arugula and corn salad for our Superbowl party. My mom and dad always host and it’s usually is a giant carb-fest. I think this salad will add a nice healthy choice. Thanks

    • Haha I totally hear you on the carb fest. Most super bowl parties are! 🙂 Hope the salad adds a nice light touch to your menu!

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