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6 Healthy Snacks and Recipes for the Super-Duper Bowl

It’s almost time for the big game, and you know what that means—lots of really unhealthy treats and snacks around, particularly of the fried variety. But instead of not eating at all during the game (that’s no fun!), why not pick up some of the snacks below or make one of these fab recipes? Here’s to a healthier Super-Duper Bowl!

Healthy Snack Tips for the Big Game

Sweet potato fries with rosemary oven-baked ready for snacking. Shallow depth of field.

1. Swap out your normal tortilla chips. Instead of using tortilla chips in those nachos or worse, those flavored nacho-cheese chips for munching, try these healthier chips instead! High in protein, fiber and good fats, you still have to watch your portion size, but you get way more nutritional bang for your caloric buck! Or, try using crunchy veggies such as carrots, celery and jicama sticks as dippers.

2. Serve healthy dips. Your guests won’t miss those creamy, fatty dips when you have this kicky black-bean hummus around. It’s not only more filling than your usual dip, it’s a breeze to make! Or try this Acorn Squash Dip with Roasted Pumpkin Seeds on Wasa crackers. Yum!

3. Bake your usual fried foods. If we’ve learned anything from the Hungry Girl books we’ve reviewed, it’s that you can turn any fatty food into a lower-calorie version that tastes just as darn good. Take these jalapeño poppers or this recipe for low-fat chocolate cupcakes as proof!

4. Sub Greek yogurt for sour cream. We absolutely love Greek yogurt’s high-protein, no-fat nutritional profile. And with its thick creaminess that tastes somewhat sour, it makes for the perfect sour cream substitution with way fewer calories. Use it in dips or top nachos, chili or baked potatoes with it! Deeelish!

5. Flavor with herbs—not salt. So many appetizers and snack foods are so high in sodium! Sodium can increase your blood pressure, leave you bloated and just make you feel like poo. So instead of salting your foods at the big game or buying overly sodium-filled snacks, follow these low-sodium tricks!

6. Watch the drinks. If you’re like me and can’t bear to think about watching the big game without a big mug of beer (and you’re of the legal drinking age), know that it’s all about moderation—and information—when it comes to drinking. Stick to just one or maybe two drinks, and be sure to choose one of these lower-calorie drink choices or try making this fruity cocktail! It’s a bit girlie for the big game, but who cares!

Don’t forget that you can always burn those calories off with our interactive football game workout! What’s your favorite healthy snack to have while you watch the big game? —Jenn

*We’re calling it the super-duper Bowl and the “big game” because a certain football league doesn’t like the words Super and Bowl to be used together by people other than the certain football league.

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26 Comments
  1. Snack Girl says:

    Great tips! I redid Kettle Corn on my website with peanut butter and maple syrup. I think it makes an awesome Super Bowl Snack.

  2. Andy says:

    Yay! Those are great alternatives! Tried the jalapeñopoppers and they are delightfully good!

  3. Denmark says:

    Thank you for sharing these really helpful tips. If you’re in keto diet check these good food choices to try.

  4. Lynn says:

    We can always have a healthy food to take, but I think we can also have healthy dips to make.

  5. Mark says:

    Baking is typically healthier than frying.

  6. Lynn says:

    It’s really important to watch the drinks we take because drinking is more easier and faster than cooking and we tend to forget to check on its nutritional facts.

  7. Mayumi Liwayway Espina says:

    Sometimes people tend to overlook nutritional value and just binge eat junk food. I can’t blame them though because junk food usually goes hand-in-hand with watching super bowl. These tips are very helpful. Instead of the unhealthy store-bought snacks, these suggestions are way better alternatives.

  8. alan says:

    Crunchy veggies dipped in black-bean hummus is so so good! Throw out those chips and dip, you don’t need them. And yeah, drink moderately. Low-cal is okay, it’s the company you keep is what’s important .

  9. I like your idea of swapping flavor with herbs and not with salt. Really interesting but truly healthy!

  10. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  11. Lynda says:

    I would definitely prefer baking than frying.

  12. Denver says:

    Thank you for sharing these tips! Will surely try some of these recipes.

  13. Stella says:

    It’ll be nice to have a healthy snack for once. Game Day foods need not be junk all the time. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Sharon says:

    Great alternatives! Crunchy veggies is what I want to try, then next is jalapeño poppers. Now it’s fun! Thanks!

  15. Alen says:

    Who says Superbowl food should be greasy? These new ideas certainly gives it a healthy twist! Great post!

  16. Joaquin says:

    Great twist to old favorites! This is why Superbowl events are always a favorite of mine.

  17. Denmark says:

    Really good for watching movies or just talking with friends also. Great work!

  18. Jessalyn says:

    I really like the ideas presented. Next time my friends come over I might serve one of these.

  19. Dean says:

    Really great ideas!

  20. Lynnxie says:

    A great snack for a great game. Thanks. Hopefully I can make one or else where back at just chips.

  21. Pete says:

    This information is very useful. Living a healthy lifestyle and eating foods rich in amino acids will provide the nutrients you need in your body.

  22. Pete says:

    I love this healthy tip. Thank you so much for sharing.

  23. Anon says:

    Thank you for sharing this delicious recipes. I love how you incorporate these ingredients to turn it to a better recipe.

  24. Pete says:

    I love this recipe it looks pretty tasty. This one is my favorite because it has amino acids that help me build protein and also it has many beneficial effects.

  25. Gerdz says:

    Wow, this recipe will be totally delicious. This one is my favorite because it has amino acids that help me build protein and also it has many beneficial effects.