With football season in full swing, it’s the perfect time to chow down on game day favorites like crispy chicken wings, jalapeño poppers and guacamole. Contrary to popular belief, enjoying your favorite treats doesn’t have to mean sabotaging your health! Score major points with one of these healthier game day recipes, all under 330 calories per serving.
1. Slow Cooker Jalapeño Popper Chicken Chili | Skinnytaste
Simply throw the ingredients for this dangerously delicious (and paleo-friendly) chili in the pot, and let the slow cooker do all the work for you! To reduce the fat without sacrificing flavor, this unique version uses half lean ground chicken and half ground beef. For less spice, omit the red pepper flakes or balance the heat with diced avocado. Recipe makes 8 servings at 1 cup each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 285; Total Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 83mg; Sodium: 350mg; Carbohydrate: 20g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 25g
2. Spicy Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dip| Clean Eating Magazine
What’s a football game without chicken wings? Skip the deep fryer (plus all the fat and calories that come along with it), and bake the wings in the oven instead. This hot and crispy recipe uses high-protein cottage cheese and low-fat yogurt to lighten up the classic blue cheese sidekick. Recipe makes 4 servings at 3 skinless wings and 1/4 cup of dip each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 203; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 53mg; Sodium: 605mg; Carbohydrate: 3g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 23g
3. Sweet Chipotle Snack Mix | Cooking Light
Sweet, salty and downright addicting, this blend of pepitas, almonds, cashews and spices is the perfect treat for kids and adults alike on game day. Munch on fresh leftovers throughout the week by storing the mix in a mason jar. Recipe makes 3 1/2 cups total at 3 tablespoons per serving.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 130; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 175mg; Carbohydrate: 7g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 5g
4. Baked Mozzarella Bites | Cooking Light
This kid-friendly baked alternative to the traditional fried cheese sticks will have everyone begging for seconds—game day or not! Aside from being finger-licking good, these bites also pack in the protein and calcium (all for 100 calories per serving!). For an extra antioxidant boost, serve with a lower-sodium marinara sauce dip. Recipe makes 4 servings at 3 mozzarella bites each +1 tablespoon marinara sauce.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 100; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 14mg; Sodium: 210mg; Carbohydrate: 7g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 7g
5. Black Bean Guacamole | The Lean Green Bean
This versatile dip takes traditional guacamole up a notch by adding protein-packed Greek yogurt and fiber-rich black beans. Pair it with baked tortilla chips or chopped veggies for a crunchy and satisfying snack anytime. For an added kick, top with sliced jalapeños! Recipe makes 9 servings at 1/4 cup serving each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 123; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 39mg; Carbohydrate: 11g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 5g
6. Spinach Goatichoke Dip | MyFitnessPal’s Original Recipes
Who says appetizers have to pack on the pounds? This classic cheesy dip gets a healthy makeover by swapping traditional high-fat cream cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream for tangy goat cheese, fiber-rich artichokes and high-protein Greek yogurt. These simple swaps save you half the fat and nearly 40 calories per serving, not to mention also give you an additional 7 grams of protein! Recipe makes 12 servings at 1/4 cup each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 88; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 13mg; Sodium: 98mg; Carbohydrate: 5g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 7g
7. Cheesy Buffalo Quinoa Bites | Hummusapien
Whole-grain quinoa may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think football snacks, but these easy, cheesy bite-size snacks will make the perfect addition to your spread. Baking them in a mini muffin tin helps make portion control a breeze. Recipe makes 8 servings at 2 bites each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 89; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 13mg; Sodium: 98mg; Carbohydrate: 5g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 7g
8. Parmesan Chicken Tenders | Cooking Light
Nibble on these moist, oven-baked chicken tenders before, during or after the game for a snack that’s sure to satisfy! Parmesan cheese and cornmeal create a crispy crust while nonfat buttermilk tenderizes the chicken. For a zesty dipping sauce, mix together a pinch of curry powder with store-bought ketchup. Recipe makes 4 servings at 2 tenders each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 326; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 128mg; Sodium: 581mg; Carbohydrate: 15g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 35g
9. Cheddar Quiche Potato Skins | Maebells
The best part about these rustic tater skins is that they double as breakfast the next day! Feel free to customize them by adding spinach, tomatoes or whatever veggies you have on hand. As an added bonus, these scrumptious skins are totally gluten-free. Recipe makes 10 servings at 1/2 potato plus quiche filling each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 185; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 114mg; Sodium: 473mg; Carbohydrate: 14g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 13g
10. Baked Zucchini Sticks | Skinnytaste
Zucchini is low in calories and high in nutrients like vitamin A, potassium and antioxidants. Rest assured that you’re getting your vitamins in on the big day with this simple baked snack. For added fiber, swap traditional bread crumbs for the whole-wheat version. Recipe makes 4 servings at 16 sticks each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 175; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 3mg; Sodium: 231mg; Carbohydrate: 29g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 9g