Truth: The Super Bowl is baaasically synonymous with fried, cheesy and salty food. While we have nothing against those classic comfort foods, there's nothing wrong with sneaking in a few vegetables and delicious, fresh ingredients into an otherwise indulgent spread. It's all about balance! Try swapping in homemade ingredients for store-bought, preservative-filled snacks or turn to healthier alternatives of your favorite football nosh. Get the same delicious satisfaction with a few extra nutrients thrown in. Doesn't sound so bad, does it?
One way to easily lighten any Super Bowl snack is to focus on how you're preparing your meal. Could you fire up the oven rather than deep fry? Or possibly use your air fryer instead? Even heading outside to fire up the grill could help you create a tasting menu of healthy appetizers — from salsa to kebabs — that won't leave you feeling greasy long after halftime is over.
Bonus: Whipping up well-balanced snacks for the whole family doesn't require too much time or effort. Our best healthy Super Bowl recipe ideas can be made in as little as 10 minutes; others, like our crispy zucchini tots, can be prepped days before the game is on. Whether you're looking for feel-good dips, hearty chilis, bite-sized treats or sharable entrées, these better-for-you recipes will surely please any diehard football fans this season. Round out your Game Day feast with these vegetarian, heart-healthy and even vegan Super Bowl recipes.
Broil English muffins with cheese and fresh tomatoes for a healthier alternative to your favorite slice.
Someone call Dwight Shrute, because this pretty purple greek yogurt dip might be the best way to eat your beets.
This light pick is all about the veggies:
In a bowl, whisk together 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice and 1/4 tsp honey to dissolve. Stir in 1 tsp grated fresh ginger and 1 tsp olive oil, then toss with 1 small Persian cucumber (cut into 1/4-inch pieces), 1 small red chili (finely chopped) and 1 small ripe mango (cut into 1/4-inch pieces). To serve, spoon into endive leaves and top with black sesame seeds, if desired.
Stuffed with protein and veggies with the option to serve on whole-wheat bread, sandwiches make a nutritious choice for the Super Bowl. Try the Cali Club made with whole-grain bread, avocado, grilled chicken cutlets, arugula and green goddess dressing.
Why buy a bland dip from the store when this spicy, zesty dip is ready in just 15 minutes? And since you're the one making it, you can control how much sodium ends up hidden away.
Flaky white fish and crunchy green cabbage stuffed into corn tortillas makes for a healthy and filling main.
Because you're ditching a deep fryer, you'll be able to enjoy more of these saucy wings! The bourbon glaze feels like an inspired new way for buffalo-lovers to enjoy a spicy, zesty sauce.
Serve this zesty app of shrimp, fresh citrus, jalapeño and herbs with plantain chips — lots of 'em!
Once you remove the pit from a halved avocado, you're left with a space that's the perfect size to house zesty shrimp and Asian-fusion dressing.
Cut out the carbs by replacing wheat wraps with lettuce! The cool crunch of the lettuce perfectly offsets the spicy Thai flavors.
You won't be missing ground beef in these light and tasty veggie-based tacos. With savory mushrooms and tangy asparagus, these tacos might just become your new go-to Mexican grub.
With crumbled feta and sweet butternut squash, you won't be able to put down these delicious bite-sized tarts.
These portobello mushroom-based burgers prove that veggie burgers can be just as hearty and satisfying as their meat-based cousins.
The perfect snack for a large group, you can easily sneak some healthy zucchini in these tasty, bite-sized dumplings.
Before you roll your eyes, this isn't made with a faux cauli-crust — we simply lightened a classic pie with piles of crunchy veggies and a light coating of gruyere cheese.
Fresh avocado, corn, peas — what's not to love? This healthy dip is the easiest way to ensure your first round of apps won't derail any mains that are coming down the line.
Hello, low-carb heaven! If you're trying your best to ditch bread or chips (keto diet, perhaps?), these 4-ingredient elegant hors d'oeuvres are a welcome addition to any spread.
If you're planning on serving more than just snacks for the big game, our healthier take on burger night clocks in at just 675 calories — fries included!
Swap out the guac for this special green dip infused with peppers and tons of lime juice.
Don't have time for a full cheese plate? Cream cheese can be fashioned into a unique flavor with the right seasonings.
Get a bite of your favorite veggies all in one go! These insanely colorful treats are a great way to keep a Super Bowl menu light without the need for a fork and knife.
You'll earn points for gorgeous presentation, but your guests will be asking for more fresh cucumber to nab the last bits of this flavor-packed cheese dip. It's ready in 10 minutes flat!
Pizza doesn't have to be a slice of grease. Try baking it at home and topping your dough with an assortment of veggies for a healthier approach to delivery.
At only 300 calories per serving, a slice of this Mediterranean diet-inspired flatbread is refreshing for both your taste buds and your diet.
Stick avocados on the grill for a smoky, flavor-packed variation. Don't forget the chips!