18 Lighter Super Bowl Snacks to Enjoy on Game Day
From dips to sandwiches, these recipes are guaranteed winners that you can feel good about.
As game day approaches, you might be wondering if there are any healthy recipes that will win over everyone's hearts like the classics can. No Super Bowl gathering—whatever the size—would be complete without an array of satisfying snacks. Whether you're watching solo or with a select few, making nutritious recipes on game day is a way to ensure everybody wins. We've got better-for-you versions of all the kick-off classics, from dips to wings. It's all about smart swaps and techniques without sacrificing flavor.
A key snack in any Super Bowl menu is chips and dip, but this creamy, delicious staple pairing often comes loaded with heavy ingredients. No cream cheese, mayonnaise, or sour cream in sight when you make our Creamy Broccoli Spinach Dip. A combination of whole-milk ricotta and Parmesan gives this veggie dip its richness, while nutritious broccoli and spinach bring the flavor. Another surefire way to get everyone snacking is to make Martha's Classic Guacamole, which is pictured here. It only takes 15 minutes to come together, and it's unbelievably creamy. We also like that it's packed with good-for-you fats thanks to its avocado base.
Of course, no game day menu is complete without serving up some wings. Forego the fried or breaded recipes for a better-for-you baked version, like our Sriracha-Buffalo Chicken Wings. Signature hot wings get a modern—and minimalist—update thanks to Sriracha hot sauce. The wings are baked in the hot sauce and butter mixture for a hot kick with every bite. Make our Bean-and-Veggie Sliders as a healthy nod to the vegetarians at the tailgate. Not to mention they're ready to eat within 25 minutes. Ahead, explore more mouthwatering Super Bowl snacks that everyone will love.
Sriracha-Buffalo Chicken Wings
Baking is the way to go when it comes to Buffalo wings. Not only is it better for you, but it's also easier than frying and requires less cleanup. Here, the wings are tossed with a little Sriracha butter after they come out of the oven.
Miso Tahini Dip
Simply swap out the asparagus for fresh produce that's in season, and this lovely nutty-flavored dip will run out before halftime.
Creamy Broccoli-Spinach Dip
Nutrient-rich baby spinach is the powerhouse in this delicious dip.
Citrus and Green Olives and Goat Cheese
Easy to make and even easier to eat, this light yet satisfying appetizer is perfect to munch on during the Super Bowl.
No one will miss the meat in these mini veggie burgers! Blended kidney beans and rice, plus grated carrots, broccoli, and ginger, make the patties satisfyingly substantial.
Rutabaga Oven Fries
Potato wedges are so last year! Give underrated (and nutrient-packed!) rutabaga a chance—it's delicious simply roasted with olive oil, smoked paprika, and salt.
Chicken Taco Salad
Just as addictive as nachos but so much better for you. Keep the tortilla chips and cheese but amp them up with ancho chili-rubbed chicken thighs, corn, red onion, pickled jalapeños, black beans, cilantro, tomatoes, avocado, and romaine lettuce—it's a salad, after all!
Creamy Edamame Dip
Protein-rich cottage cheese gives this verdant dip its irresistible velvety texture. Using frozen edamame means you can whip up this dip in just 20 minutes from start to finish.
Slow-Cooker Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are browned before going in the slow cooker, sans oil, and being simmered with aromatics, crushed tomatoes, and flavorings including hot-pepper sauce, Worcestershire, mustard, and molasses. The result? The best pulled chicken you've ever tasted.
Smoky Black-Bean Salsa
Seeking a healthy last-minute Super Bowl snack? Look no further than this easy dip that starts with canned black beans. Jazz them up with chipotle in adobo, lime juice, red onion, and cilantro and serve with sweet-potato chips.
Using turkey instead of beef yields a pot of chili that's lighter but just as flavorful. The secret? Adding cooked smoked turkey as well as ground dark turkey meat.
Sweet Potato Pudding
For a sweet dessert-like snack, this nutrient-packed sweet potato pudding is sure to delight. With almond butter, sweet potatoes, and almond milk, it's a breeze to make for any Super Bowl treat.
Swap out chickpeas for roasted beets for a lighter (and more colorful!) take on hummus. A drizzle of homemade harissa oil really gets the party started.
Sweet Potato Rounds
Instead of baguette slices, try using rounds of sweet potatoes as your crostini base. Here, they make an excellent canvas for black beans, cotija cheese, and cilantro.
Skip the seven-layer dip and serve this tiered salad instead. Be sure to use a glass bowl or trifle dish so that everyone can admire each component: iceberg lettuce, hard-boiled eggs, red cabbage, cherry tomatoes, peas, cheddar cheese, and bacon.
Chicken Satay Skewers
A simple marinade made with sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, and red-pepper flakes delivers big flavor in these lean chicken-breast skewers. Dunk in a spicy peanut dip to take them over the top.
Loaded Sweet-Potato Skins
Russets aren't the only things that can be loaded. Sweet potatoes make an equally delicious candidate, plus they're more nutritious. Here, they're mashed with a touch of buttermilk and paprika and finished with low-fat sour cream, scallion, and bacon (hey, it's still a party!).