18 Delicious Super Bowl Snacks That Are Secretly Healthy

Super Bowl Sunday comes in second place, only to Thanksgiving, as the biggest eating day of the year in the United States. Americans consume an estimated 64 million pounds of fat during the big game thanks to processed chips and frozen apps that teem with calories. Even if you nosh on homemade fare, the usual suspects are often oozing with cheese and fattening condiments like mayo and sour cream. This year, whip up some of these healthier Super Bowl snacks for your football party. They’re lightened-up versions of some of your favorite dishes, packed with all the flavor without the extra fat and calories. Game on!

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18 Winning Super Bowl Snacks

1. Chipotle Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Nothing says game day feast like loaded potato skins. Lighten up your celebration this year by using sweet potatoes and black beans instead of white potatoes and bacon. A drizzle of creamy chipotle sauce makes this appetizer next-level amazing! 

Photo and recipe: Alexa Schirm / Life by Daily Burn 

2. Sinless Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs might seem innocent enough, but at five grams of fat per half-egg, those little devils can start adding up. This recipe replaces some of the egg yolks with nonfat Greek yogurt, keeping the filling rich and smooth, while reducing some of the fat and none of the protein.

Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 

3. Cheesy Portobello Pizzas

These inventive personal pies are built on portobello mushrooms, which are rich in fiber and much lower in carbs than regular pizza dough. Topping your mini ‘zas with spinach and ham adds extra iron and protein. Best of all, your pizza will be ready in less than 30 minutes. It’s faster (and healthier) than delivery, folks! 

Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

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4. Healthy Turkey Chili

Lean turkey and beans provide the base for this low-fat take on traditional chili (which can get greasy). The warmth from a bowl of this — not to mention the protein and fiber — will fill you up and keep you from mindlessly munching. 

Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

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5. Beet Hummus

Hummus is already a healthier, protein-packed alternative to creamy dips. Skip the processed options and whip up your own in minutes with this simple recipe. It takes traditional chickpeas and tahini and adds the ruby-colored root vegetable for antioxidants, plus potassium and vitamin C. 

Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn 

6. Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Dip

With oven-roasted peppers, feta and spices, this spicy red pepper dip packs flavor without weighing you down. And luckily, it’s a cinch to roast your own at home. Serve this spicy roasted red pepper dip with pita or veggies like carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, and celery. 

Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

7. Bite-Size Mexican Chicken Tacos

Nachos have nothing on these bite sized taco bowls. By swapping some of the queso and sour cream for mashed avocado and a homemade salsa fresca, these tacos have all of the Mexican flavor but with way fewer calories — only 150 for three! 

Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

8. Rosemary Beet Chips

Reach for these instead of potato chips during half time. Beet chips are surprisingly easy to make, and they satisfy that craving for something crunchy and salty. Super Bowl snacks that are OK to attack! 

Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 

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9. Crispy Jalapeño and Corn Fritters

Unlike traditional fritters, which are battered and deep fried, this corn fritters recipe calls for just a tablespoon of flour per batch. Plus, they’re pan fried to keep the oil in check. Since fresh corn isn’t readily available during winter, use canned corn to enjoy these fritters year-round! 

Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

10. Crispy Oven “Fried” Chicken

Baking your birds in the oven gives it the traditional crunchy texture you crave, while slashing fat and calories. A two-piece serving has just seven grams of fat! Even better: Chicken provides protein to help you stay full, so you don’t feel like munching all the way ’til the final whistle. 

Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

11. Spicy Sweet Potato Fries and Avocado Dip

Baked sweet potato fries are much more nutritious than the usual football fare, packed with vitamins A and C, iron, and magnesium. We spiced these ones up with some Cajun seasoning and whipped up a creamy, low-fat avocado dip for a cool finish.

Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 

12. Cranberry Chicken Meatballs

Meatballs might seem innocent because they’re so small — but don’t let their size deceive you. Eat several and the fat and cals stack up. These alternatives are made with lean ground chicken and the antioxidant-packed homemade cranberry sauce gives an additional pop while letting you sidestep the added sugar of processed sauces. 

Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 

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13. Baked Green Bean Fries with Sriracha Yogurt Dip

French fries don’t have to be a guilty pleasure, especially when they’re made with vitamin-rich green beans and baked in the oven rather than fried. We coated the fiber-packed beans with gluten-free breadcrumbs and cornmeal for added crunch. Unlike other fries, these green bean fries don’t get soggy, so you can make a big batch and still enjoy their crispy crunch hours later. 

Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

14. Healthy Five-Layer Dip

It’s hard not to revisit this Mexican-inspired five-layer fiesta! But you can do that and not feel guilty about it with this good-for-you recipe full of fresh ingredients. You’ll get some healthy fats from the avocado and satiating fiber from the black beans and corn. And substituting low-fat Greek yogurt for the usual sour cream layer cuts calories like crazy. 

Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 

15. Brie Sirloin Sliders

There’s no such thing as a Super Bowl party without some tasty sliders. These decadent brie and sirloin mini burgers feature lean cut beef that’s seasoned in flavorful herbs. Brie is a soft, creamy cheese, but this recipe gets even smoother with a flavorful avocado spread. You might be thinking, “How is this healthy?” Well, according to The Ketogenic Bible, which is where this recipe is from, you can actually lose weight following a high-fat diet.

Photo: Courtesy of Victory Belt Publishing; Recipe: Dr. Jacob Wilson and Ryan Lowery

16. Sriracha-Lime Popcorn

Step away from the microwave and try this homemade popcorn on for size. With a mix of sweet and salty, this inventive recipe hits all the right flavor notes. Sriracha adds a spicy kick, and lime zest balances the heat with some citrus. 

Photo and recipe: Alexa Schirm / Life by Daily Burn

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17. Vegan Artichoke Dip

We made over this crowd-pleasing appetizer without any dairy, drastically reducing its fat and calories. Our healthier version is loaded with fiber-rich artichokes, creamy white beans for texture, and plenty of lemon, herbs, and spices for flavor. The dip can’t get any easier — just throw everything in a food processor and snack away.

Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

18. Baked Zucchini Fries with Garlic Herb Dip

Crunchy on the outside and deliciously warm and soft in the middle, you’d never guess these baked zucchini fries have just three grams of fat per serving! Fast food fries usually pack around 10 grams of fat per serving because of that pesky deep frier. You can pass on the sugary ketchup, too — these no-fry fries will taste even better when paired with fresh garlic and herb yogurt dip. 

Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

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Originally posted January 2015. Updated February 2018 and February 2022. Additional writing by Perry Santanachote

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