10 Easy Healthy Game Day Snacks That Will Elevate Your Party

Air Fried Buffalo Cauliflower
Photo: Matthew Clark

Score big with these speedy and skinny snack ideas. With fewer than 250 calories per serving, these appetizers won't cause you to feel an ounce of guilt during overtime. Since each of these game-day recipes requires 30 minutes or less of prep time, you won't miss a minute of the action.

01 of 10

Air-Fried Buffalo Cauliflower

Air Fried Buffalo Cauliflower
Matthew Clark

The next time you're craving wings, head to the produce department. Cauliflower florets dressed in a hot sauce-based "uniform" make a stellar substitute for chicken drumsticks. This easy, healthy game-day snack recipe scores its superior, crunchy texture after a 10- to 12-minute shift in an air fryer.

02 of 10

Arugula BLT Pizzas

Arugula BLT Pizzas
Jason Donnelly

Remember this classic after-school snack? Give the English muffin pizza concept an adult upgrade with a sprinkle of turkey bacon for protein. Arugula leaves bump up the vitamins in this healthy pizza that cooks to bubbly perfection quicker than many time-outs.

03 of 10

No-Bake Energy Bites

No-Bake Energy Bites on white background
Blaine Moats

What's faster than something that cooks in one minute? A snack that's 100% no-bake. That's what we can promise if you select this easy, healthy game-day snack recipe. Simply stir together heart-healthy, protein-rich nuts, seeds, sunflower butter, and honey, and shape into round or football-shaped bites depending on the sport of choice. If you like, you can shape your squad of these just-sweet-enough bites up to 7 days ahead.

04 of 10

Trail Mix 4 Ways

four bowls of trail mix
Blaine Moats

Walk on by the supermarket party mixes. We can coach you through a better option with this customizable fast, healthy game-day snack. Start with low-calorie air-popped popcorn, then assemble snack mix selections to please all of your guests. Our four variations include options for sweet (banana nut, berry), savory (Italian), and spicy (wasabi peanut).

05 of 10

Hot and Chunky Guacamole

Hot & Chunky Guacamole
Andy Lyons

The good news about avocados: They're chock-full of healthy fats. The bad news about avocados: All that fat means the green fruits are calorie-dense. Enjoy the rich, creamy texture in a lighter way by stretching this party-perfect avocado recipe with peas. Fellow fans will never notice the difference in this homemade guacamole.

06 of 10

Pretzel-Crusted Air-Fryer Crab Cakes

Pretzel-Crusted Crab Cakes on board with lemon wedges and dill garnish
Jason Donnelly

Savor two snack favorites—pretzels and crab cakes—in one air-fryer recipe. Lump crab meat, mustard, a hint of mayo, and Old Bay seasoning join forces in these Baltimore-inspired cakes. A salty, crunchy coating of crumbled pretzels crisps up beautifully in just 8 minutes to complete this crowd-pleasing and easy, healthy game-day snack.

Buy It: PowerXL Vortex Air Fryer ($70, Target)

07 of 10

Pickle Poppers

Pickle Poppers
Hannah Bigot

These cheese-stuffed low-carb snacks are like pickle wraps 2.0. Bake a batch at halftime and prepare to watch them disappear before the teams leave their locker rooms. To trim a few more calories and offer a bonus protein boost, opt for Greek yogurt cream cheese instead of traditional cream cheese.

Buy It: Green Mountain Farms Cream Greek Cheese & Greek Yogurt ($2, Walmart)

08 of 10

Layered Greek Dip

Layered Greek Dip
Andy Lyons

If your schedule is looking a little time-crunched for the actual game day, turn to this quick, healthy game-day snack instead of your standard queso. In just 20 minutes, you can assemble this Mediterranean diet-friendly dip up to 24 hours before the whistle blows—the flavors get even better as they meld. Don't forget to call pita wedges or sturdy veggie sticks off the bench for maximum dipping.

09 of 10

Air-Fryer Spiced Walnuts

glass dish of spiced walnuts on blue background
Jason Donnelly

Fans of pecan pie will cheer especially loudly for this easy, healthy game-day snack. That's because a dusting of cinnamon, cloves, and just a pinch of sugar helps each walnut taste like a bite from the top of the classic holiday pie. In other cheer-worthy news, each 8-serving batch of these toasted nuts takes a mere 9 minutes to whip up.

10 of 10

Two-Tomato Bruschetta

Two Tomato Bruschetta
Karla Conrad

You might be more familiar with bruschetta as a restaurant appetizer or cocktail party snack. Stick with slices of romas rather than diced tomatoes for chowing down while holding your game-day drink in the other hand. Fans with hearty appetites will appreciate the fact that a pair of topped toasts come as part of each single easy, healthy game-day snack serving. Slice up a whole wheat baguette for a gram of fiber per bite.

Was this page helpful?
Related Articles