7 Healthier Super Bowl Appetizers


Whether you’re tuning in for the football or the commercials, odds are good that you’re going to want some championship-worthy snacks for your Super Bowl party. But fueling up on cheesy dips and greasy grub will leave you feeling like your stomach’s as packed as the MetLife Stadium. According to the Calorie Control Council, a typical Super Bowl snack session — including pizza, nachos, chips and soda — can rack up more than 2,000 calories and 81 grams of fat per person. Time for a new game plan! This year, try your hand at one of these appetizers that put a healthy spin on game day favorites.

5 Layer Dip
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1. Healthy Five-Layer Dip
A zesty blend of spices and subtle heat give this supersized dip plenty of flavor. Nobody will even notice that you’ve substituted black beans for refried beans, or Greek yogurt for sour cream. Invite a crowd and get dipping!

Sweet Potato Fries
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2. Sweet Potato Fries and Avocado Dip
Tofu and avocado come together brilliantly for a vegan and gluten-free dip that just won’t quit. Pair it with homemade sweet potato fries, rich in iron, magnesium and vitamins A and C. Potato, po-tah-to, there’s no arguing this appetizer will bring home a win.

Artichoke Dip
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3. Vegan Artichoke Dip
Get a healthy serving of fiber in this appetizer that’s packed with antioxidant-rich artichokes and creamy white beans. This recipe has half the fat and double the fiber of your average artichoke dip. Step up the flavor by adding garlic and lemon.

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4. Homemade Hummus with Olives
Kickoff approaching and no time to cook? It’s easy to whip up this Middle Eastern-inspired dish in a pinch. Peel your chickpeas if you want smoother hummus, or skip the extra prep and tune right in.

Chicken Satay
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5. Chicken Satay and Peanut Sauce
Guilt-free skewers with a savory sauce will please kids and adults alike. The peanut dip gets its creamy texture from coconut milk — no heavy cream or dairy required!

Spicy Chickpeas
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6. Spicy Baked Chickpeas
Replace bar peanuts or potato chips with this finger-friendly snack that’s low in fat. The fiber and protein in chickpeas will keep you satisfied through halftime, so you won’t be reaching for extra snacks during every commercial.

Popcorn Balls
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7. Coconut Curry Popcorn Balls
Talk about a triple threat! This recipe is sweet, spicy and savory. Since microwaved popcorn can have added oil and sodium, use air-popped popcorn to make these balls even healthier. Bonus: It only takes 15 minutes to whip these up.

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