5 fresh & healthy snacks for the big game

Don’t want to binge on carbs and sugar this Sunday for the big game? Try these lighter appetizers.

From left to right: Roasted Cauliflower Bites with Vegan Nacho Cheese Dip. Photo courtesy of Fat Free Vegan. Southwest Chicken Pinwheels. Photo courtesy of Sparrows and Lily. Mexican Street Corn Nachos Elise Bauer | Simply Recipes

This Sunday verges on something like a “holy day” for sports fans—and large media corporations and advertisers—alike. Yep, it’s already time for the Super Bowl, which is the most-watched sporting event on television, and draws over one hundred million viewers each year. Some of us (myself included!) enjoy the annual tradition simply because of the tasty treats and hearty appetizers that are usually served up with a side of football and funny ads. But all too often game-day snacks can break the calorie bank, leaving you feeling too full or sluggish.

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To help you enjoy yummy sides without the Doritos-hangover, we’ve compiled some fresher, healthier (but still super delish) recipes that to bring to this Sunday’s Superbowl parties!

Mexican Street Corn Nachos

Elise over at Simply Recipes knows how to keep things feeling fresh, light, and full of flavor, without being too complicated. These Mexican Street Corn Nachos are nothing like your ordinary store-bought chips and queso. The corn and herbs add tons of flavor (and they look so pretty, too!), and you can easily add shredded meat, avocado, cabbage or any other favorite Mexican-inspired topping to make this dish a little heartier.

Elise Bauer | Simply Recipes

Prep time: 15 minutes

Serves: 8


2 Tbsp canola oil (or other high smoke point oil)
1 pound frozen corn (about 3 cups), still frozen
2 Tbsp mayonnaise
14 ounce bag low salt tortilla chips
1 pound monterey jack cheese, grated (do not buy pre-grated, it won’t melt properly)
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup milk
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup crumbled Cotija cheese (can sub crumbled feta)
1/8 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (can use regular chili powder or smoked paprika)
2 Tbsps of Mexican crema or 2 Tbsp sour cream that have been slightly diluted with water
1/2 lime, sliced into wedges
2 Tbsp chopped cilantro

Read more: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/mexican_street_corn_nachos/#ixzz4XTSoDVXS

Southwest Chicken Pinwheels

Lindsay from Sparrows and Lily knows how to make addicting appetizers and this is definitely one of them! With a little extra protein (and flavor), this snack is a great one for beefing up your game-day plate. Check out the super simple recipe here.

Photo courtesy of Sparrows and Lily

Teriyaki Salmon Bites

Wait, salmon at a Super Bowl Party? Yes! These scrumptious little morsels are a unique twist on typical Super Bowl food and yet, somehow they look delicious. A great way to get some extra Omega-3s into your diet, while still enjoying the whole finger-food aspect of the big game. Find the recipe (and a whole bunch of other healthy appetizers!) here.


Photo courtesy of The Beachbody Blog

Skinny Sriracha Chicken Potato Skins

Priscilla at She’s Cookin’ cautions us: don’t let the “skinny” part of this recipe fool you—what could be better than crispy potato skins with butter-less chicken wings, topped with a fresh jolt of Sriracha? This recipe uses lots of flavors and colors, from Greek Yogurt to gorgonzola to ginger. Find the bold (yet healthier!) recipe here.

Photo courtesy of She’s Cookin’

Roasted Cauliflower Bites with Vegan Nacho Cheese Dip

Got a vegan in the family who’s unlikely to be able to munch on anything but a raw veggie tray this weekend? Susan at Fat Free Vegan has a got a dip that’s guilt-free and completely vegan! Try it with roasted cauliflower bites and you’ve got yourself a healthy appetizer that will simultaneously squeeze in a serving of those precious veggies! Check out the recipe here.

Photo courtesy of Fat Free Vegan


Ashley Jonkman
Ashley Jonkman
Ashley is a freelance writer and editor. She lives with her husband, two sons and two rambunctious dogs in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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