Healthy Game-Day Snacks That Are a Guaranteed Touchdown
Air-Fryer Jalapeño Poppers
An air fryer is the perfect appliance for all kinds of healthy game-day snacks. One taste of these poppers is all the proof you need. Two kinds of cheese plus chicken for protein combine with green onion, dill, and hot pepper sauce for a hearty filling. Whole wheat panko and a few minutes in your air fryer create the crispy exterior. Go ahead and double the recipe if you're serving a crowd; keep the first batch warm in the oven while you fry the second.
Italian Parmesan Pretzels
Make your favorite mall snack into homemade game-day food by rolling and folding bread dough into individual pretzel shapes. Pop 'em in the oven, then brush with buttery garlic and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Better than buffalo wings? You'll have to try these buffalo cauliflower bites for yourself to see what you think. After being baked twice in a mix of spices and hot sauce, these bites are plenty crispy and have a fiery flavor that keep you coming back for more. And you can indulge in these guilt-free, unlike most buffalo wings recipes.
Pizza Lettuce Wraps
Extinguish the hunger of your game-day guests with this fast and fresh spin on pizza. Crisp lettuce leaves stand in for the crust; cherry tomatoes, cannellini beans, and turkey pepperoni provide the flavors of classic pizza toppings without all the calories.
Sweet Potato Fries
If oven-baked sweet potato fries aren't on your list for game-day food, it's time to reevaluate. Using sweet potatoes versus usual potatoes adds more healthy vitamins and nutrients, and, obviously, baking instead of frying eliminates the excess calories from fat. They also require only five ingredients, most of which you already have in your kitchen.
No-Bake Peanut-Apple Balls
No time to prepare before the big game? No problem. These easy, apple-flavor appetizers require just five pantry ingredients and a quick chill in the refrigerator. They're a great quick recipe to add to your list of healthy game-day snacks!
Test Kitchen Tip: Wet your hands to make these sticky peanut butter treats easier to handle.
Your party guests will be reaching for more of these crispy corn nachos. We've covered this healthy game-day food in slightly healthier versions of all your favorite fixings: reduced-fat melted cheese, chunky salsa, peppers, and black beans for protein and fiber.
Cauliflower is rich in nutrients and surprisingly adaptable. Transform the old-school veggie into a satisfying homemade hummus with fresh herbs and spices.
Blue Cheese Apricot Balls
When swirled with dried apricots and toasted walnuts, reduced-fat cream cheese and blue cheese make for a sweet and tangy mini cheese ball surprisingly low in calories. Serve these cheesy bites alone or with your choice of crackers.
No spread of healthy football snacks should be without a stuffed-mushroom recipe. This one uses unexpected hazelnuts and avocado in the filling for healthy fats that will keep you full from kickoff until (at least) halftime.
Kick off game day with a classic fan favorite: spinach dip. Bake artichoke hearts, onions, and spinach until tender, then stir in the works: sour cream, gooey cheese, and lemon juice for tang. Be sure to make two batches; this healthy football appetizer will go quick!
Barbecue Spice Roasted Chickpeas
Set out small bowls of roasted chickpeas for guests to munch on during the game. We baked these in a savory coating of barbecue spice, paprika, chili powder, and an assortment of salts for a nutritious alternative to bags of chips.
Mini Margherita Pizzas
Skip the pizza and include these mini bites with your healthy game-day foods instead. Topped with fresh mozzarella cheese and juicy roma tomatoes, these irresistible pizzas will be gone before kickoff! Plus, at only 85 calories, these mini bites make a guilt-free snack.
Air-Fryer Pickle Chips
We've never met a pickle chip we could pass up, but this sriracha-spiced version is downright irresistible. And because the pickles are air fried, there's no shame in lining up for seconds. With this healthy game-day food in your lineup, everyone at your party wins.
Edamame and Ricotta Toasts
Better than bruschetta, this all-star appetizer features mashed edamame and rich ricotta on crunchy slices of toasted French bread. Heighten the flavor of the spread by stirring in garlic and fresh basil.
Spiced Apricots in Dark Chocolate
Chocolate craving kicking in? Instead of reaching for a candy bar, sub in healthy game-day snacks. Dip dried apricots in rich dark chocolate, then sprinkle with ground chipotle chile pepper for a low-calorie, guilt-free snack.
Cheesy Snack Mix
Coated in Parmesan cheese and zesty Italian dressing, this garlic-cheese mix makes an easy-to-scoop snack for any party. A bowl of this crunch snack mix completes any game day.
Mango Pico de Gallo
Fellow fans will love this gluten-free fruit salsa. It's low in fat and bursting with vitamin C. Add a pinch of cumin for sharp Mexican flavor in this healthy game-day snack.
Strawberry Margarita Cheesecake Minis
Sink your teeth into tiny bites of strawberry and lime. And you might want to make a double batch; these rich and creamy low-cal treats might be gone before halftime!
Mango-Habanero Pulled Chicken Bites
Touchdowns aren't the only thing that will get you fired up on game day. Habanero peppers, featured in these sweet-and-spicy mango chicken bites, add a hint of heat and some extra excitement to your spread.
Broccoli-Cheese Dip with Potato Dippers
Make a better version of baked potatoes with a creamy, cheesy, crowd-pleasing dip instead. Scoop up all your favorite toppings—cheese, bacon, and broccoli—in one savory bite of this healthy game-day snack.
Air-Fried Brussels Sprouts
Air frying Brussels sprouts may be our new favorite way to cook them. (Though we love roasted Brussels sprouts too.) We get all the crispy pieces we love from frying for way less fat and calories. In more good-for-you news, each serving of this healthy football snack has 4 grams each of fiber and protein.
Confetti Peanut Butter Munchies
Add even more flavor to your puppy chow with bits of dried mango, pineapple, and other delicious fruits. Pretzels coated in peanut butter and powdered sugar give crunch to this fan favorite.
Spiced Tofu Spring Rolls
Everyone will be grabbing these zesty favorites for a healthy game-day snack. The recipe is easy: Wrap a mixture of spicy tofu, shredded cabbage, carrots, and cilantro in translucent rice paper.