The Super Bowl is still more than a week away, but it still feels like a pretty good excuse to explore party food on Pinterest and start collecting recipes for sliders and wings. But if all those recipes have you worried about your saturated fat intake, we’re here to help. One day of indulgence isn’t going to kill you, of course (and if your family’s secret seven-layer dip recipe is an annual tradition, we want you to enjoy it). But supplementing your spread with healthy super bowl recipes that aren’t deep-fried and heavy as a brick isn’t a bad idea, either–both in terms of your health and in terms of taste.
Don’t get us wrong: We’re not going to pretend that kale and smoothies are game day favorites, and we fully realize that “healthy nachos” is basically an oxymoron (or the name of a really disappointing recipe). But there are a few ways you can lighten up a few favorite dishes so that you can enjoy the game instead of your bottle of TUMS.
Check out these (somewhat) healthy super bowl recipes and tell us what your Super Bowl snack ideas are for this year:
Greek Nachos (BecauseIf you want traditional nachos with fewer calories, swap out full-fat cheese for low-fat, use white meat chicken instead of fatty ground beef, and use a dollop of Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Done. You don't need a recipe. We're more intrigued by these Greek "nachos" from Iowa Girl Eats; they're piled with healthy ingredients and, while they're not at all like the traditional dish, they're kind of a cool alternative that doesn't require subbing normal ingredients for diet food. Yum. GET THE RECIPE, via Iowa Girl Eats
Pomegranate Glazed ShrimpWings are a go-to football party food, but if it's the salty-sweet combo you're craving, try some jumbo shrimp for a lot less fat and tons of flavor. The recipe calls for serving with rice; we think they'd go well with fingers and a napkin. GET THE RECIPE, via Healther Christo Cooks
Superfood Grilled CheeseGrilled cheese is pretty easy to dress up with a slice of tomato (pretty healthy) and whole grain or even gluten-free bread (also: pretty healthy). But this one is full of kale, cabbage, avocado, garlic, sweet potato, and even parsley, which leads to our favorite way of making traditional recipes healthy: Adding lots of vegetables, instead of replacing real food with things like aspartame. GET THE RECIPE, via Tastespotting
Caramelized Onion DipLet's be honest: Hummus is not the same as onion dip. And while we love a good baba ghanoush, it just doesn't say "football" like a pot of allium-flavored dairy. This recipe uses real onions and a combination of sour cream and greek yogurt...so you get your favorite dip without the synthetic flavor. GET THE RECIPE, via 101cookbooks.com
Spinach Artichoke Deviled EggsIf you're a deviled egg person, rejoice: Your favorite part food recipe just got a little more interesting, and a lot more healthy. Vegetables and a mix of greek yogurt, light mayonnaise, and cream cheese make the filling in these deviled eggs a lot like spinach-artichoke dip, and a little less like a full-fat condiment. GET THE RECIPE, via Ari's Menu
Sweet Potato SkinsPotato skins are one of those party food recipes that we rarely get to eat, so we don't really like to mess with them too much. But if we had to go healthy with them, we'd opt for these: Sweet potato, cheese, and guacamole make for a slightly more nutritious version of the classic snack, without messing with it too much. GET THE RECIPE, via Girl Makes Food
Curried Quinoa Samosas with Cilantro-Ginger SauceSuper bowl snacks like pigs in a blanket and frozen eggrolls aren't just unhealthy; they usually don't even taste that great. Prep these samosas before the game and you'll have a new favorite party food recipe. GET THE RECIPE, via Olives For Dinner
Bourbon Tempeh SlidersIf you're serving vegetarians and vegans, or just want to dish up a little less fatty meat, consider making tempeh sliders. They're really good, we swear. GET THE RECIPE, via Brian L. Patton's Sexy Vegan Cookbook
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