Football Recipes

14 Healthy Superbowl Food Swaps

Getting your menu ready for the big game?  If so, we’ve got you covered.  These satisfying recipes make great, healthier swaps for traditional Superbowl fare.  It may even inspire you to get your own flag football game going!

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INSTEAD OF: Sour Cream Based Spinach Dip

TRY:  Creamy Greek Yogurt Spinach Dip from Slim Sanity

While spinach dip sounds healthy, most recipes are made with sour cream which means fat and calories add up quickly.  Instead, use Greek yogurt to keep the creaminess and get a dose of protein without feeling weighed down.

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INSTEAD OF: Fried Wings

TRY: Baked BBQ Wings from My Healthyish Life

We know you love wings!  But fried wings are loaded with unhealthy trans-fat.  Lighten things up by making these paleo and gluten-free baked BBQ wings.

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INSTEAD OF: Traditional 7-Layer Dip

TRY: Healthy 7-Layer Dip from The Picky Eater

While absolutely delicious, 7-layer dip is often high in fat.  A few healthy swaps are made in this recipe to reduce fat and boost the protein.

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INSTEAD OF: Spicy Chip Dip

TRY: Sriracha Hummus from Om Nom Herbivore

When you’re all caught up in the excitement of the game (or simply waiting for the half time show), it can be easy to overload on the chips and dip. This spicy sriracha hummus is a great swap because it’s creamy and spicy but high in protein and fiber, too.

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INSTEAD OF: Supreme Nachos

TRY: Healthy Chicken Nachos from A Healthy Life for Me

Bring on the nachos! This healthy option is loaded with chicken and black beans and gets plenty of flavor from the chipotle sauce, avocado and cilantro.

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INSTEAD OF: Beef Chili

TRY: Crockpot Black Bean Acorn Squash Chili from This Runner’s Recipes

With this hearty option, we promise you won’t even miss the meat!  This chili is also easy to make and cooks in a crockpot, leaving you free for other festivities.

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INSTEAD OF: Buffalo Wings and Bleu Cheese Dip

TRY: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites and Garlic Greek Yogurt Sauce from A Healthful Heart

If you love buffalo sauce, why not lighten things up by pairing it with cauliflower?  These delicious bites are paired with a creamy garlic Greek yogurt sauce.

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INSTEAD OF: Sliders

TRY: Sweet Potato Bacon Burger Bites with Maple Chipotle from Paleo Running Mama

Paleo-friendly and grain-free, these sliders eliminate the bun and replace it with a sweet potato round for a delicious burger bite.

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INSTEAD OF: Swedish Meatballs

TRY: Cranberry Meatballs from The Lean Green Bean

Because they’re typically served in a gravy sauce, Swedish meatballs can be high in fat and sodium.  Instead, try these cranberry meatballs served with guacamole or cranberry sauce for dipping.

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INSTEAD OF: Potato Skins

TRY: Loaded Sweet Potato Skins from The Balanced Berry

While traditional potato skins lack nutrition, these sweet potato skins are high in vitamins and minerals, get plenty of protein from the addition of beans and Greek yogurt, plus are full of veggies!

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INSTEAD OF: Mini Pizzas

TRY: Mini Egglant Pizza Bites from Young and Rungry

Go low-carb on pizza bites with this Whole 30-friendly pizza recipe made with eggplant.

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INSTEAD OF: Fried Curly Fries

TRY: Garlic and Rosemary Baked Sweet Potato Curly Fries from Simple Fit Foodie

Cut the fat with these crispy and flavorful sweet potato curly fries baked in the oven.

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INSTEAD OF: Jalapeno Poppers

TRY: Cauliflower Hummus Bites from Food Pleasure and Health

These hummus bites are spicy and creamy, but totally healthy!  Everything is coated with whole wheat bread crumbs and baked for added crisp.

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INSTEAD OF: Football Cupcakes

TRY:  Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Dip from The Fit Foodie Mama

Looking for a little something sweet?  This football-inspired pudding dip is made with almond milk and vegan protein powder to help satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way.

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