37 Healthy Game Day Recipes

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Hosting a gathering to watch the big game? Here are a few healthy game day recipes that are sure to be crowd-pleasers!

The Super Bowl is riiiight around the corner! Whether you’re in it for the football, the commercials, the halftime show or it’s just a regular ol’ Sunday for you, I wanted to round up some healthy game day recipes for you! I’ve got everything from appetizers and snacks to sides and main dishes. And they are all crowd-pleasers, promise.

The Super Bowl is one of those days that can lead to overeating if you are mindlessly snacking all day. No matter whether you’re enjoying your Sunday at home or heading to a friends house, my best tip is to make sure there are plenty of veggies on the table to snack on.

This doesn’t necessarily mean veggies and dip (it can!) but it can be something more “exciting” like buffalo cauliflower wings, jicama fries, etc. Besides getting veggies in, make sure you are drinking plenty of water and trying to be mindful of how many times you’re visiting the food table. Most importantly? Don’t stress! This is often a time to gather with friends and family and indulge a little. 😉

Let me know if you try any of these healthy game day recipes! Tag me on Instagram (@eatingbirdfood) so I can see your creations.

Healthy Game Day Soups and Sides

Overhead shot of a bowl of chili topped with avocado slices, cheese, and a lime wedge. A silver spoon rests inside the bowl. There are lime wedges and a bunch of cilantro around the bowl.
4.37 from 47 votes

Easy Vegetarian Chili

The best vegetarian chili recipe made with three different beans, veggies and sweet corn. It's thick and hearty, comes together quickly on the stovetop and has such a rich, robust flavor thanks to a few secret ingredients.
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Two bowls of Mexican sweet potato chicken soup with avocado, radishes, and cilantro. Half an avocado, limes, and cilantro on the side.
4.89 from 9 votes

Mexican Sweet Potato Chicken Soup

This hearty Mexican sweet potato chicken soup is loaded with veggies, lean protein and has a smoky, sweet flavor from dried guajillo Mexican peppers. Grain/gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo and whole30 friendly.
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Bowls of turkey chili served with avocado, sou cream and cornbread.
4.85 from 38 votes

Turkey Chili

This lightened up turkey chili is made with a blend of kidney and black beans as well as corn. It’s the perfect meal to serve for game day or as an easy dinner!
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Bowl of chicken tortilla soup with avocado, line, jalapeno and chips as garnish.
4.49 from 56 votes

Chicken Fajita Soup

Whip up this slow cooker chicken fajita soup for a comforting and healthy meal that’s packed with flavor and a hint of spice.
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Three bowls of Brunswick stew. A bottle of hot sauce as well as a small bowl of fresh parsley are nearby for topping alongside two metal spoons.
4.25 from 80 votes

Healthy Brunswick Stew

This healthy Brunswick stew is just like the southern classic, but made with simple and wholesome ingredients – no ketchup or BBQ sauce needed!
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A closeup photo of two pieces of vegan cornbread stacked on top of each other drizzled with maple syrup and topped with a pat of vegan butter.
4 from 22 votes

Vegan Cornbread

This vegan cornbread is fluffy, moist and has just the right amount of sweetness. It comes together quickly and is the perfect comforting side to a big bowl of soup or chili.
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Healthy Game Appetizers

Healthy buffalo chicken dip.
5 from 3 votes

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip

This healthy buffalo chicken dip is the perfect game day appetizer and sure to be a crowd favorite. It's made lighter with Greek yogurt and cottage cheese, but is still creamy, spicy and absolutely delicious.
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Plate of buffalo cauliflower wings served with vegan cashew ranch and celery sticks.
3.80 from 30 votes

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

These buffalo cauliflower wings are baked instead of fried! They're perfectly crunchy and delicious dipped in ranch dressing.
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An overhead photo looking at a plate with air fryer buffalo cauliflower, celery sticks and a bowl of ranch for dipping.
4.72 from 35 votes

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

Air fryer buffalo cauliflower results in crispy and crunchy cauliflower bites every time. It's the perfect game day appetizer or snack!
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A hand scooping up a sweet potato round topped with black beans, cheese, avocado slices, and fresh cilantro.
4.83 from 17 votes

Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos

These sweet potato nachos are loaded with black beans, tomatoes, cheese, jalapeño peppers and plenty of spices. They're absolutely delicious, customizable and make for an awesome weeknight dinner or game day snack.
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Square dish of Mexican layer dip with tortilla chips in the dip.
4.84 from 6 votes

Healthy 7 Layer Dip

This layer dip starts with a base of refried beans and is packed with fresh veggies. It’s the perfect dip for healthy game-day snacking!
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An overhead view of a bowl of buffalo chicken meatballs. A small bowl of blue cheese dip rests in the bowl with the meatballs and that bowl is on a plate surrounded by celery sticks.
4.96 from 23 votes

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

These baked buffalo chicken meatballs are loaded with flavor and such an easy and delicious appetizer for game day or any party.
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A hand scooping up a sweet potato round topped with black beans, cheese, avocado slices, and fresh cilantro.
4.83 from 17 votes

Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos

These sweet potato nachos are loaded with black beans, tomatoes, cheese, jalapeño peppers and plenty of spices. They're absolutely delicious, customizable and make for an awesome weeknight dinner or game day snack.
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Zucchini pepperoni pizza bites on a plate.
3.70 from 23 votes

Zucchini Pizza Bites

Satisfy your pizza craving with these healthy zucchini pizza bites. They're coated in an almond flour mixture, baked and then broiled with the sauce, cheese and toppings.
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Close up photo of cheese cauliflower crust pizza.
4.60 from 94 votes

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Love pizza, but want to keep it healthy? Make this low-carb cauliflower pizza crust. Only 6 ingredients and so easy!
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Up close shot of sweet potato skins filled with vegan cheese, vegan bacon, sour cream and chives.
5 from 1 vote

Healthy Sweet Potato Skins

Healthy sweet potato skins with cashew sour cream, dairy-free cheese and tempeh bacon. Crispy and loaded with cheesy, smoky flavor, no one will guess these are plant-based!
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Four leaves of lettuce with a ground chicken Asian filling.
4.62 from 13 votes

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These healthy Asian chicken lettuce wraps are so easy to whip up! They’re like the PF Chang’s lettuce wraps but better for you and still just as delicious.
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Golden Gut Baked Jicama Fries with Turmeric and Black Pepper and a dish of guacamole.
3.86 from 49 votes

Baked Jicama Fries

Low-carb, gut-friendly baked jicama fries with turmeric and black pepper. Serve with guacamole for a delicious summer side. Paleo, vegan and keto-friendly.
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A white plate of turnip fries and a jar of ranch dip on top of a purple napkin.
4.80 from 5 votes

Baked Turnip Fries

Fries made from turnips? Yup! If you’ve never tried a turnip, now is the time. These flavorful baked turnip fries are the perfect way to get more vegetables on your table.
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Crispy baked sweet potato fries on parchment paper next to a small bowl of ketchup.
4.80 from 5 votes

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Satisfy your craving for fries with healthy baked sweet potato fries that are actually crispy! Perfect for serving alongside a burger or sandwich.
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Plate of crispy zucchini fries on a plate with a creamy dip topped with chopped parsley.
4.22 from 47 votes

Baked Zucchini Fries

These baked zucchini fries are breaded with almond flour and parmesan to create a crispy and delicious side dish! Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
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Overhead shot of a plate with fries, there is a ramekin of salt in focus.
4.07 from 16 votes

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Air fryer sweet potato fries are crispier than baked sweet potatoes fries and much healthier than deep-fried ones! Plus, they cook up in 10 minutes.
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Baked homemade sweet potato chips on a bowl and topped with flakey salt. A bowl of herby creamy dip is beside the chips.
3.87 from 43 votes

Baked Sweet Potato Chips

These baked sweet potato chips are crunchy, addictive and made with only three simple ingredients. Skip the store-bought chips and make these instead!
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Hand dipping a pita chip into a bowl of hummus.
5 from 2 votes

Baked Pita Chips

Homemade pita chips made from just four ingredients. You won’t want to go back to store bought pita chips after making these!
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An overhead photo looking at a bowl of sweet and savory party nuts.
3.54 from 71 votes

Party Nuts

These sweet and savory party nuts are lightly sweetened, have a touch of spice and are absolutely addicting. They are the perfect snack to serve at a holiday party or make for an easy DIY gift. 
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Dips and Sauces

Plate with veggies and pita chips. On the plate is a bowl of everything bagel dip and a pita chip is in the dip.
3.43 from 64 votes

Everything Bagel Dip

This three ingredient everything bagel dip is the perfect appetizer to serve with fresh veggies, chips or crackers. It only takes about 10 mins to whip up and it can easily be made vegan.
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A dish of healthy spinach artichoke dip with chips.
5 from 8 votes

Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip

This healthy spinach artichoke dip is made with Greek yogurt, cottage cheese and avocado mayo. It's lighter, super creamy and delicious served as an appetizer with tortilla chips or bread.
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A bowl of black bean dip surrounded by tortilla chips.
4.37 from 11 votes

Easy Black Bean Dip

Healthy and easy black bean dip that takes only 15 minutes to make. It's the perfect appetizer or snack served with veggies and tortilla chips for game day. It's creamy, packed with flavor and vegan!
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Hand dipping a tortilla chip into a bowl of guacamole.
4.37 from 22 votes

Healthy Guacamole (with Frozen Peas)

This healthy guacamole with frozen peas is lower in fat and calories, but tastes just as delicious as the real deal. The peas add a subtle sweetness and give the guac a vibrant green color!
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A bowl of vegan queso.
5 from 5 votes

Vegan Queso

Creamy vegan queso made with cashews, sweet potatoes, nutritional yeast, green chilis and a blend of spices. Drizzle it on your favorite dish or serve it as a dip with tortilla chips! 
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Almond pesto dip in a bowl on a tray surrounded by almonds, crackers and cucumber slices.
3.50 from 28 votes

Almond Pesto Sauce or Dip

This creamy almond pesto dip (or sauce) is made with just seven delicious ingredients. Trust me, you’ll want to dip everything in it! Vegan, gluten-free, low-carb and high in protein.
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Overhead photo of a bowl of beet hummus surrounded by various veggies for dipping.
4.20 from 10 votes

Beet Hummus

This bright and creamy beet hummus is made with roasted beet, chickpeas, tahini, garlic and lemon. It's subtly sweet, full of flavor and super easy to whip up. Serve it as a healthy appetizer or snack with veggies, crackers or pita or use it as a sandwich spread.
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Creamy hummus with olive and spices on top in a black serving bowl with celery and chopped veggies displayed around the bowl.
3.68 from 34 votes

Creamy Hummus

Here's how to make perfectly smooth and creamy hummus at home! It's super easy to whip up — no peeling of chickpeas required. Serve with fresh veggies and pita for a delicious appetizer or snack.
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Bowl of lima bean hummus garnished with olive oil, pepper and basil and served with cucumbers, carrots and crackers.
3.60 from 10 votes

Lima Bean Hummus

A new twist on an old classic, this lima bean hummus is creamy, sweet and super easy to make!
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Bowl of tzatziki topped with fresh dill. The bowl is on a striped cloth and surrounded by cucumber, lemon, and dill.
4 from 4 votes

Easy Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt Cucumber Sauce)

An easy and delicious tzatziki sauce recipe that is perfect for enjoying with fresh veggies, pita chips or in a Mediterranean bowl. 
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Serving bowl with black bean and corn salad. Spoon is in the bowl.
3.90 from 92 votes

Black Bean and Corn Salad

Meet your new go-to cookout dish! This colorful black bean and corn salad is super healthy and takes only minutes to prepare.
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Healthy Game Day Desserts

Plate of healthy peanut butter balls covered in chocolate. One has bite taken out of it.
4.06 from 97 votes

Healthier Peanut Butter Balls

Make healthier peanut butter balls with only 5 simple ingredients: peanut butter, oats, dates, chocolate and coconut oil! No powdered sugar or butter needed. These peanut butter balls are dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan!
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Hand holding a stack of three gluten-free peanut butter monster cookies made with oats and colored candies.
4.50 from 8 votes

Healthy Monster Cookies

These gluten-free monster cookies are made with rolled oats, peanut butter and chocolate chips. They’re thick, chewy and so easy to make!
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5 from 1 vote

35 Healthy Game Day Recipes (7 Layer Dip)

This layer dip starts with a base of refried beans and is packed with fresh veggies. It’s the perfect dip for healthy recipe for game day snacking!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients  

  • 1 15 oz can refried beans
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • 1 cup guacamole store-bought or homemade
  • 1 cup pico de gallo or salsa store-bought or homemade
  • cup shredded Mexican cheese or crumbled queso fresco
  • 1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
  • ½ jalapeño deseeded and chopped
  • ¼ cup diced cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup sliced black olives optional
  • tortilla chips for serving

Instructions 

  • Mix yogurt with 2 teaspoons of taco seasoning in a small bowl.
  • Spread refried beans evenly into the bottle of a square (8 x 8) dish to create the first layer. Add seasoned yogurt on top and gently spread to create the second layer. Then add the guacamole and spread.
  • Scoop salsa with a slotted spoon. This step is optional, but it helps to remove extra liquid from the salsa.
  • Add pico de gallo on top of the guacamole and then add remaining ingredients in the order listed: shredded cheese, romaine lettuce, jalapeño pepper, cherry tomatoes, cilantro and black olives, if using.
  • Serve immediately or store in the fridge until ready. Serve with tortilla chips, crackers or fresh veggies for dipping. Best served the day you make it, but will keep in the fridge for 1-2 days.

Notes

  • Vegan option: Buy vegan refried beans and skip the cheese or use a vegan cheese.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/8 of recipe | Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 256mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Healthy Game Day Recipes
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