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

Easy Vegetarian Chili

4.32 from 44 votes
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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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.

Mexican Sweet Potato Chicken Soup

4.84 from 6 votes
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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Two bowls of Mexican sweet potato chicken soup with avocado, radishes, and cilantro. Half an avocado, limes, and cilantro on the side.

Healthy Turkey Chili

4.82 from 33 votes
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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Bowls of turkey chili served with avocado, sou cream and cornbread.

Chicken Fajita Soup

4.45 from 52 votes
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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Bowl of chicken tortilla soup with avocado, line, jalapeno and chips as garnish.

Healthy Brunswick Stew

4.22 from 76 votes
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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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.

Vegan Cornbread

4 from 22 votes
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

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

3.62 from 26 votes
These buffalo cauliflower wings are baked instead of fried! They're perfectly crunchy and delicious dipped in ranch dressing.
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Plate of buffalo cauliflower wings served with vegan cashew ranch and celery sticks.

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

4.60 from 25 votes
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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Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos

4.79 from 14 votes
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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Healthy 7 Layer Dip

4.67 from 3 votes
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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Square dish of Mexican layer dip with tortilla chips in the dip.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

5 from 11 votes
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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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.

Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos

4.79 from 14 votes
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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A hand scooping up a sweet potato round topped with black beans, cheese, avocado slices, and fresh cilantro.

Zucchini Pizza Bites

3.70 from 23 votes
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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Cauliflower Pizza Crust

4.58 from 90 votes
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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Healthy Sweet Potato Skins

5 from 1 vote
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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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

4.62 from 13 votes
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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Four leaves of lettuce with a ground chicken Asian filling.

Baked Jicama Fries

3.79 from 46 votes
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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Golden Gut Baked Jicama Fries with Turmeric and Black Pepper and a dish of guacamole.

Baked Turnip Fries

4.67 from 3 votes
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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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

4.80 from 5 votes
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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Crispy baked sweet potato fries on parchment paper next to a small bowl of ketchup.

Baked Zucchini Fries

4.18 from 45 votes
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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Plate of crispy zucchini fries on a plate with a creamy dip topped with chopped parsley.

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

4.07 from 15 votes
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 Sweet Potato Chips

3.84 from 42 votes
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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Baked homemade sweet potato chips on a bowl and topped with flakey salt. A bowl of herby creamy dip is beside the chips.

Baked Pita Chips

5 from 2 votes
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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Party Nuts

3.54 from 71 votes
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

Everything Bagel Dip

3.40 from 63 votes
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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Plate with veggies and pita chips. On the plate is a bowl of everything bagel dip and a pita chip is in the dip.

Easy Black Bean Dip

4.13 from 8 votes
Healthy and easy black bean dip that's perfect for parties, game day or Mexican night. Serve with veggies or tortilla chips! Vegan and gluten-free.
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Ceramic bowl of black bean dip, garnished with cilantro and purple onion. A persons hand is holding a tortilla chip with bean dip in front of the bowl. A smaller bowl of round carrot slices, cans of La Croix and some tortilla chips are in the background.

Healthy Guacamole (with Frozen Peas)

4.34 from 21 votes
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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Vegan Queso

5 from 4 votes
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 Sauce or Dip

3.50 from 28 votes
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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Beet Hummus

4.20 from 10 votes
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

3.68 from 34 votes
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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Creamy hummus with olive and spices on top in a black serving bowl with celery and chopped veggies displayed around the bowl.

Lima Bean Hummus

3.45 from 9 votes
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 lima bean hummus garnished with olive oil, pepper and basil and served with cucumbers, carrots and crackers.

Easy Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt Cucumber Sauce)

4 from 4 votes
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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Bowl of tzatziki topped with fresh dill. The bowl is on a striped cloth and surrounded by cucumber, lemon, and dill.

Black Bean and Corn Salad

3.87 from 90 votes
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

Healthier Peanut Butter Balls

4.02 from 93 votes
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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Healthy Monster Cookies

4.43 from 7 votes
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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35 Healthy Game Day Recipes (7 Layer Dip)

5 from 1 vote
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!
Square dish of Mexican layer dip with tortilla chips in the dip.
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
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Healthy Game Day Recipes

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    3 comments
    1. gotheglobals
      November 8, 2022 AT 3:49 am

      thank you so much

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 8, 2022 AT 11:04 am

        Of course! Enjoy!

    2. Suja
      January 26, 2019 AT 2:30 am

      It is really too good notice such a different recipe of healthy food in sucj acceptable way.

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