Super Bowl Sunday is nearly upon us! If you’re hosting this year’s party, we want you to be prepared with a list of delicious finger foods that will power you and your guests through disappointing fumbles and thigh slapping victories. Our collection includes both healthy snacks and lightened up versions of some classic game day must-haves–all under 300 calories per serving.
FINGER LICKIN’ GOOD
1. Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders | Eating Bird Food
Enjoy this healthy and crispy alternative to greasy chicken tenders! This recipe for baked chicken tenders uses crispy brown cereal and tangy Greek yogurt for a gluten-free crunch minus the deep frying. Spice up the chicken with harissa or any hot sauce of your choice, but you can also eliminate the hot sauce if there are little ones enjoying the Super Bowl with you. Recipe 4 servings at 4 tenders each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 172; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 47mg; Sodium: 585mg; Carbohydrate: 12g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 25g
2. Sticky Honey Buffalo Hot Wings | Carl’s Bad Cravings
Sweet, sticky and spicy–these buffalo wings will hit the spot if you’re craving classic game day food! They are marinaded in a dry rub then baked to a crisp in their own skin. The recipe comes with instructions for 3 different sauces but we suggest tossing ’em in the “buffalo honey hot wing sauce.” Recipe makes 12 servings of 2 whole wings or 4 wingettes each. We suggest holding off on the baking powder if you’re trying to cut back on sodium.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 299; Total Fat: 19g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 9g; Cholesterol: 110mg; Sodium: 906mg; Total Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugars: 14g; Protein: 17g
3. White Cheddar Chicken Sliders | Simply Scratch
Feel the heat this Super Bowl season with yummy chicken sliders! White cheddar cheese with flecks of chipotle pepper are melted over ground chicken sliders mixed in with fresh cilantro, spices and more chipotle peppers! Nutrition information is for 100% whole grain slider buns and 6 slices of white cheddar cheese. Recipe makes 12 servings of 1 slider each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 200; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 74mg; Sodium: 380mg; Total Carbohydrate: 14g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 19g
4. Skinny Baked Jalapeno Poppers | Skinnytaste
Tasty jalapeno poppers are cute but can really pack a punch! Cream cheese oozes with flavor from sharp cheddar, chicken and green scallions in this lightened game day snack. Recipe makes 10 servings of 2 jalapeno peppers each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 98; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 21mg; Sodium: 112mg; Total Carbohydrate: 7g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 8g
5. Southwestern Potato Skins | Clean Eating
Take classic potato skins and infuse them with a southwestern flair using hearty black beans, cilantro and kick of spicy jalapeno! Both the potatoes and the filling can be made in advance and simply assembled and baked the day of your party. Recipe makes 8 servings of 2 Southwestern potato skins each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 104; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Sodium: 257mg; Total Carbohydrate: 9g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugars: 4g; Protein: 6g
6. Five Minute Guacamole | According to Elle
Out of snacks at half time? Grab that avocado and make this simply refreshing guacamole using just 6 ingredients. Then split open a bag of baked tortilla chips and enjoy the game! Recipe makes 6 servings at 4 tablespoons each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 83; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 403mg; Total Carbohydrate: 5g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 1g
7. Smoky Chili Popcorn | Dietitian Debbies Dishes
Let’s get it poppin’ for the game with this recipe for smoky chili popcorn! Smokiness, garlic and spice coats each fragrant kernel of popcorn using this stove-top recipe. If you’re looking to lower the calories and fat just omit the butter and eat it air-popped. Nutrition information is with butter. Recipe makes 3 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 275; Total Fat: 18g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 20mg; Sodium: 591mg; Total Carbohydrate: 26g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugars: 0g; Protein: 4g
8. Spinach Goatichoke Dip | MyFitnessPal
Classic spinach artichoke dip is lightened up with this recipe which uses goat cheese and Greek yogurt. The recipe boasts cutting nearly 40 calories, trimming half the fat and bumping protein by 50% compared to the traditional spinach artichoke dip! Recipe makes 12 servings at 1/4 cup each. Serve with pita crackers for a little crunch!
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 88; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 13mg; Sodium: 98mg; Total Carbohydrate: 5g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 7g
9. Guacamole Deviled Eggs | Healthy Nibbles & Bits
Hardboiled lean egg whites is the perfect delivery vessel for the creamy guacamole-yolk center. Check out this recipe if you want a devilishly delicious game day snack. Recipe makes 8 servings at 1/2 deviled egg each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 62; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 106mg; Sodium: 70mg; Total Carbohydrate: 3g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 4g
10. Baked Mozzarella Sticks | Cooking Light
Serve this quick snack to your buddies as an alternative to traditional fried cheese sticks. Each serving of 3 mozzarella bites packs 7 grams of protein and is less than 100 calories. Recipe makes 4 servings at 3 bites + 1 tablespoon sauce each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 98; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 11mg; Sodium: 186mg; Carbohydrate: 7g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 7g
11. Baked Zucchini Sticks | Food Fanatic
Low calorie zucchini bakes up nicely with a cheddar cheese and bread crumb crust. They’re a healthier alternative to fries contributing 5g of fiber and 9g of protein per serving. Recipe makes 4 servings of 16 sticks each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 175; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 3mg; Sodium: 231mg; Total Carbohydrate: 29g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugars: 3g; Protein: 9g
MORE SUBSTANTIAL SNACKS
12. BBQ Chicken Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella + Pickled Jalapenos | Cooking Light
Nothing is fresher than fresh baked pizza when it comes piping hot out of your own oven. This party-worthy pizza is packed with flavor as well as protein. Pair it with a whole wheat pizza crust (optional) and you have a high fiber meal option. Milky fresh mozzarella helps tame the bites of tangy pepper in this recipe. Skip the red onion and jalapenos for a kid friendly family meal. Recipe makes 6 servings of 1 slice each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 295; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g ; Cholesterol: 45mg; Sodium: 648mg; Total Carbohydrates: 33g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 22g
13. Slow Cooker Turkey Chili | Skinnytaste
This mild crockpot chili is made with lean ground turkey, corn, bell pepper, tomatoes and spices. Top with with crunch baked tortilla chips and watch your friends gobble it up. This chili can also be made in large batches for freezing and reheating. Recipe makes 5 servings at 1 cup each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 222; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 74mg; Sodium: 719mg; Total Carbohydrates: 20g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 7g; Protein: 32g
14. Crispy Vegetable Quesadilla | Cooking Light
These crispy vegetable quesadillas are easy and delicious! Poblano chile gives these veggie-filled wedges a spicy kick while mashed beans and savory cheese holds the quesadilla together. Serve with lime and light sour cream. Recipe makes 6 servings at 4 quesadillas each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 297; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 20mg; Sodium: 829mg; Carbohydrate: 40g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 13g
15. Baked Eggs with Buffalo Chicken Hash | Food Fanatic
Craving some comforting game day food? This recipe for buffalo chicken hash will fuel you throughout the day. Chunky potatoes, savory chicken sausage, runny eggs and melted cheese are served with fragrant onions and bell peppers. Don’t forget to pass the buffalo hot sauce and don’t forget to kill it out there on the field!
Nutrition (per serving):Calories: 243; Total Fat: 16g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g ; Cholesterol: 185mg; Sodium: 374mg; Total Carbohydrates: 11g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 16g