8 Healthy Game Day Snack Recipes
8 Healthy Game Day Snack Recipes
Between the entertaining commercials, the gridiron rivalry, and everyone’s favorite, the snacks, Sunday’s game is sure to be a great time spent with family and friends. We’ve scoured the web to find these 8 unique, tasty snack recipes that are sure to please your party's crowd, and are also good for everyone's waistline!
Denver-Inspired Elk Sliders
Colorado is known for its cattle and wild game, and we think that Broncos fans (ok, and Seahawks fans, too) will enjoy these elk sliders with pancetta and smoked mozzarella. Of course, add or subtract whatever toppings you like for your burgers; if wild game isn’t your thing, opt for turkey burger sliders or your meat of choice. The smaller size of this slider burger means that you can enjoy the taste you love without going overboard. Elk is generally lower in fat, cholesterol, and calories than ‘traditional’ red meats, and offers a unique taste. These sliders are sure to be a win amongst your meat-eating guests!
Seattle-Inspired Smoked Salmon Crostini
If you’ve ever visited Seattle, near Precor headquarters, you most likely ventured to Pike Place Market and witnessed the world-famous fish throwers. Even if you haven’t been (although you really should), you're probably aware that Seattle is well-known for its seafood. In honor of the Seahawks big season, we thought it’d be applicable to share a delicious seafood snack inspired by our coastal city! Smoked salmon crostini make a great game-day recipe – they are easy to prepare, and can be garnished a variety of ways. Salmon is a heart-healthy powerhouse of vitamins and nutrients, too! Not into eating bread? No worries; forgo the baguette in favor of cucumber slices.
7-Layer Bean Dip
It’s a staple at any good game party. This version, made with refried beans, avocado, and Greek yogurt, contains only 133 calories per serving (not including the chips or veggies that you dip with!), which is significantly less than more traditional layered dips. Oh, and no need to limit your layers to seven – pile on those veggies to add more color and flavor to your dip!
Baked Sweet Potato Chips
For some super simple chips to eat with your bean dip from above, we suggest making these baked sweet potato chips. Baking your chips is a better alternative than frying them, and you can add a variety of herbs and spices for flavor. For extra crispiness, let them sit in the oven after turning off the heat.
Honey Garlic Chicken Wings
Put a spin on your normal chicken wings by fixing up these tasty honey garlic ones. They’re baked, so they’re healthier, and using honey instead of a thick sauce keeps things light and refreshing.
Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Or, try swapping chicken for cauliflower with this vegan approach that offers a little kick to the taste buds. Fast and easy to make, these cauliflower bites come in hot at only 120 calories per 1-cup serving. (Psst – cauliflower can also be used to make a superb low-carb pizza crust. You won’t be able to tell the difference between real pizza crust!)
Whole Wheat Avocado Brownies
It’s hard to resist a little chocolate during game day. No one would ever guess that these gooey brownies actually are made with avocado, yogurt, and whole wheat flour, making them a healthy alternative to traditional butter-packed brownies. Can you say “Yum?!”
Don’t worry – not all nachos out there are unhealthy. These dessert nachos are really out of this world, and you can be as creative as you want with them. Experiment with adding Nutella, more kinds of nuts and fruit (we think sliced bananas or strawberries would be good additions!), or whatever healthy goodies please your palate. If you would like to explore other recipes for Sunday’s big game, or in general, know that Pinterest has an awesome new tool that allows you to filter your recipe search options for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, paleo, and all recipes. There’s also an option to “indulge” for less-healthy options.
What are your favorite healthy recipes for game day? Be sure to share them with us in the comments and find our Pinterest board with all of these recipes right here! Photo courtesy of Flickr user Ron Dollette.