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Touchdown! Family-Friendly Game-Day Favorites

Dan Marek is the School Programs Educator for Whole Kids Foundation®. Prior to joining their team he was a Whole Foods Market® healthy eating specialist where he educated his community about healthy food.

Getting ready for Sunday’s big football game can be tricky if you are trying to keep things healthy. Greasy snacks can weigh you down and make you sluggish by half time. But we have some solutions that will keep your energy going until the trophy is handed to the winner.

Finger Foods

Finger foods are a favorite that everyone can rally around and we’ve assembled some of our best recipes to get you and the kids inspired.

Creating personal pizzas can be a fun activity for kids and adults to assemble before the game and they can be customized to meet finicky palates. This recipe for Hummus Veggie Pizzas will fill you up and introduce the kids to cooking in a fun, healthy way.

Give these Baked Fries a try and mix up seasonings like curry powder, paprika or chili powder to get the game going (you can also sweeten the deal by switching from russet to sweet potatoes). After cutting the potatoes, have the kids mix the ingredients in a big bowl and lay them out on the parchment paper to gain extra yardage in the kitchen.

Although these Edamame Ginger Sliders might be a little more complicated, your little ones can assist by throwing all the ingredients into the food processor and forming the patties into football shapes.    

Dips

Dips are always a crowd favorite. And with a food processor, they’re so simple to make, too. Here are a few of our favorites that can be made in the time it takes for a commercial break.

Pair them with pita bread cut into wedges and baked at 350 degrees F until crisp. Cut up red peppers, jicama, cucumbers and carrots are also great crunchy dippers.

Whatever team you’re rooting for, make sure to stay in the game with these simple, healthy recipes that will keep your family cheering.

What healthy snacks do your kids love?