Healthy Game Day Recipes

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’re 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

An overhead shot of a bowl of vegetarian chili, topped with avocado, shredded cheese, and a lime wedge.

Vegetarian Chili – My go-to healthy and easy vegetarian chili recipe. It’s so easy to make and has a rich, robust flavor thanks to a couple secret ingredients, peanut butter and cocoa powder. Vegan + gluten-free.

Mexican Sweet Potato chicken soup topped with cilantro, avocado and radishes.

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, diary-free, paleo and whole30 friendly.

Bowl of turkey chili with sour cream, avocado and cornbread.

Healthy Turkey Chili – This healthy 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!

Bowl of chicken tortilla soup with avocado, line, jalapeno and chips as garnish.

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajita Soup – Craving Mexican? Simply toss all the ingredients for fajitas in your slow cooker and a few hours later you’ll have a comforting soup that’s packed with flavor and a hint of spice. This fajita soup is gluten-free and paleo.

Homemade healthy Brunswick stew in a pot. Shredded chicken, lima beans, corn and tomatoes.

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!

Healthy Game Day Dips and Appetizers

Plate of buffalo cauliflower wings served with vegan cashew ranch and celery sticks.

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings – These buffalo cauliflower wings are absolutely delicious and easy to whip up. Serve with a creamy cashew dressing. Vegan + gluten-free.

Cauliflower nachos baked on a sheet pan and topped with beans, cheese, onions, peppers and cilantro.

Cauliflower Nachos – These low-carb cauliflower nachos are cheesy, delicious and loaded with extra veggies like tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, onions and avocado.

Zucchini pepperoni pizza bites on a plate.

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.

Vegan sweet potato skins with tempeh bacon, vegan cheddar and sour cream.

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!

A hand using a jicama fry to scoop guacamole out of a bowl.

Jicama Fries – Gut-friendly baked jicama fries with turmeric and black pepper. Serve with fresh guacamole for a delicious game day side! Vegan, paleo, low-carb and keto.

Baked turnip fries with creamy greek yogurt ranch dip.

Turnip Fries – Fries made from turnips? Yup! If you’ve never tried a turnip, now is the time. These flavorful turnip fries are the perfect way to get more vegetables on your table.

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

Baked Sweet Potato Fries – Satisfy your craving for fries with healthy baked sweet potato fries that are actually crispy! Perfect for serving on their own or alongside a burger.

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

Everything Bagel Dip – This three ingredient everything bagel dip is the perfect appetizer to serve with fresh veggies, chips or crackers. It’s gluten-free, low carb and vegan, but can easily be made with dairy products if desired.

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.

Easy Black Bean Dip – Healthy and easy black bean dip that takes only 15 minutes to whip up. Perfect for parties, game day or Mexican night. Just serve with veggies or tortilla chips!

Hand dipping a chip into a bowl of frozen pea guacamole.

Pea Guacamole – 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!

Almond Pesto Dip in a dish next to crackers, almonds, peppers and cucumber sticks for dipping.

Almond Pesto Dip –  This creamy almond pesto dip 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.

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

Smooth Hummus – You’ll love this basic hummus recipe. It’s extra delicious made with dried chickpeas but you can use canned if you’re rushed for time! Added bonus: I’m sharing my secret tip for making super smooth hummus at home.

Bowl of lima bean hummus garnished with olive oil, pepper and basil and served with cucumbers, carrots and crackers.

Lima Bean Hummus – Move over chickpeas, this lima bean hummus is creamy, sweet and unique! The flavor is bright and refreshing with a hint of sweetness from the lima beans and basil.

Square dish of Mexican layer dip with tortilla chips in the dip.

Healthy 7-Layer Dip – This healthy layer dip starts with a base of refried beans and is packed with fresh veggies. It’s the perfect dip for parties and/or game day snacking!

BBQ baked tempeh chips dipping into a bowl of hummus.

BBQ Baked Tempeh Chips – A chip snack that’s high protein? Yup, it’s possible! These BBQ baked tempeh chips are packed with plant-based protein and super satisfying.

Hand dipping a pita chip into a bowl of hummus.

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!

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

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!

Healthy Game Day Desserts

healthy no bake cookies made with oats, coconut oil, peanut butter and cocoa.

No Bake Cookies – Peanut butter chocolate healthy no bake cookies made with half the amount of sugar in traditional no bake cookies and coconut oil instead of butter. Dairy-free, vegan and refined sugar free.

Healthy peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate. Dairy free and gluten free.

Healthy Peanut Butter Balls – Make healthy 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!

Plate of homemade Samoas.

4-Ingredient Samoas – It’s Girl Scout cookie season and I’ve got a treat for you. Healthy and simple (but incredible!) 4-Ingredient Samoas that might just taste better than the real deal. Shh…. don’t tell the Girl Scouts. Vegan, gluten-free and paleo-friendly.

Gluten free and vegan sweet potato brownie bites stuffed with nut butter. Brownie bites are on a plate.

Sweet Potato Brownie Bites – Sneak some veggies into your brownies with these vegan + gluten-free sweet potato brownie bites. No one has to know the secret ingredient.

S'mores dip plated with strawberries and graham crackers for dipping.

S’mores Dip – Bring your favorite campfire dessert inside with this easy and healthy s’mores dip, made with brownie batter hummus and oven-toasted marshmallows.

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    1. 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.

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.

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