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10 Healthy Game Day Favorites

When I married the daughter of a small-town Texas football coach, I had to learn a thing or two about football. Over the years, I’ve become something of a convert to the sport, and I’ve come to appreciate that the pleasures of game day are all about tradition. 

I’ve also learned a thing or two about creating crowd-pleasing spreads for game day. In my experience, it’s important to respect football’s culinary traditions. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t put a healthy twist on your crew’s faves.

With that in mind, here are my top ten picks for healthy game day grub:

Kick Off with a Meal

Bison Chili

Lentil Sloppy JoesBlack Bean Tostadas with Pickled Veggies

Halftime Snacks

Green Pea GuacamoleFresh Salsa

Beet HummusCreamy Cucumber Dip

Nutty Red Pepper and Basil DipCreamy Spinach Dip

Once you’ve whipped up some of these delicious dips, don’t forget healthy dippers! Think raw veggies, whole-wheat pita wedges, whole grain crackers or baked tortilla chips.

Touchdown Treat

At the end of the day, whether you’re celebrating a victory or mourning a loss, guests will be glad when you pass around a plate of easy-to-make Lemon Treats or Pumpkin-Peanut Butter Cocoa Cookies.

Lemon TreatsPumpkin-Peanut Butter Cocoa Cookies

Do you have a healthy food that always scores points on game day? Share your tips!

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Wanda Abraham says …

I love all these recipes. I am trying to follow the Mediterranean way of eating. I love that these recipes do not have a lot of sugar, white flour, eggs, etc. and use a lot of grains, beans and veggies. Got to try the Lemon Treats first. That sounds like a fabulous treat to eat on this diet. I am so adding these to my Pinterest :) Thank you !!!

Marian Wilcoxson says …

I am getting ready to start The Daniel Plan by Pastor Rick Warren. The Plan recommends eating real, whole foods, which creates a challenge planning my Super Bowl menu. I visited your website and wham, problem solved with your 10 healthy game day favorites. Thank you for helping people eat healthy.

barbara_matt2006 says …

Thanks so much Whole Foods for such great tasting interesting, quick meals and snacks. I am having so much fun preparing, serving and eating a variety of foods everyday. My transition to a whole grains, nuts, fruits, and veggie diet is so very easy. Its so rewarding to learn not only about different menus, but also, I'm learning how they impact my health! This knowledge is so powerful!! Your web site is super great!!!!