9 Recipes for Healthy Game Day Snacks (2024)

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9 Recipes for Healthy Game Day Snacks (1)

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Crunchy Tex-Mex Wrap

The fast-food favorite can be made at home for a fraction of the calories and fat. In this plant-based version,shredded tofu mimics the texture and appearance of ground meat. Tofu is a flavor chameleon and absorbs any flavor you add to it. Swap out the cheese for a plant-based option, and you can make this recipe vegan-friendly.

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5.0 out of 2 reviews

SERVES

5

CALORIES PER SERVING

479

AUTHOR

Roxana Ehsani, RD, CSSD, LDN

REVIEWED BY

Kelly Kennedy, RDN

PREP TIME

10 min

COOK TIME

20 min

TOTAL TIME

30 min

Ingredients

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

14 oz firm tofu, drained, pressed, grated

2 tbsp reduced-sodium taco seasoning

1 15-oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed (optional)

5 large tortilla (10-inch size), preferably whole-wheat

5 small tortillas (4-inch size), preferably whole-wheat

5 tostadas, preferably baked not fried

1 head romaine lettuce, shredded or finely chopped

1 cup fresh diced tomatoes or salsa

1 ¼ cup shredded reduced-fat pepper jack cheese or plant-based alternative

Salsa, guacamole, for garnish (optional)

Directions

1

Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high and add avocado oil and shredded tofu. Sprinkle tofu with taco seasoning, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 10 to 12 minutes.

2

Stir in pinto beans, if using, then transfer to another bowl. Keep the pan hot.

3

To assemble, place 1 large tortilla on a clean surface. Layer on 1 tostada, 1/5 of tofu-bean mixture, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese and top with 1 small tortilla.

4

Fold the large tortilla over the small one, folding and overlapping some of the tortilla over to form a hexagon-like shape. You can use toothpicks to keep them in place.

5

Carefully transfer the tortilla to the hot pan, seam-side down. Cook until golden brown, 1-2 minutes, then flip and cook an additional 1-2 minutes. Repeat steps 2-3 to make four more wraps.

6

Serve hot with salsa and guacamole, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving

Serving size1 wrap

calories

479

total fat

19g

saturated fat

6.6g

protein

24g

carbohydrates

56g

fiber

3.8g

sugar

8.2g

added sugar

1.2g

sodium

702mg

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Dairy, Wheat, Soy, Vegetarian, Vegan, Family-Friendly, Quick & Easy, Lunch, Dinner

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Beef-Mushroom Sliders

Mushrooms are the secret to making lean, moist and juicy sliders. Mushrooms are 92 percent water, per the United States Department of Agriculture, low in calories and have a meaty taste so you may not even notice them in the mix. One systematic review found that a diet rich in mushrooms is linked to a lower risk of developing cancer, possibly due to the fungi’s bioactive compounds. Sandwich your beef-mushroom patties in between a whole-wheat bun for a boost of fiber and whole grains.

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5.0 out of 1 reviews

SERVES

5

CALORIES PER SERVING

300

AUTHOR

Roxana Ehsani, RD, CSSD, LDN

REVIEWED BY

Kelly Kennedy, RDN

PREP TIME

15 min

COOK TIME

10 min

TOTAL TIME

25 min

Ingredients

1 cup button mushrooms

1 lb raw ground beef, 93% lean

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

10 slider buns, preferably whole-wheat

1 cup mixed greens

2 medium tomatoes, sliced

Pickles, for garnish (optional)

Directions

1

Place mushrooms in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.

2

Add ground beef and Worcestershire sauce to the mushrooms and mix until well incorporated. Form into 10 equal patties.

3

Place a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Spray pan with cooking spray and gently place patties on the hot skillet. Cook until browned, about 5 minutes per side.

4

Serve hot on buns with mixed greens, tomatoes and pickles, if using.

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving

Serving size2 sliders

calories

300

total fat

9g

saturated fat

2.7g

protein

27g

carbohydrates

31g

fiber

4.8g

sugar

4.3g

added sugar

2.6g

sodium

407mg

TAGS:

Soy, Wheat, Fin fish, Diabetes-Friendly, Heart-Healthy, High-Protein, Family-Friendly, Quick & Easy, Lunch, Dinner

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Football Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

Score extra points with these game-winning football strawberries, which only use three ingredients. Strawberries are low in calories and rich in vitamin C, per the United States Department of Agriculture. Using bittersweet chocolate ups the health benefits, as the higher cacao percentage yields more heart-promoting flavonoids, according to research.

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PREP TIME

20 min

COOK TIME

1 min

TOTAL TIME

56 min

Ingredients

2 cups (whole) strawberries, with stem, washed and dried

1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

¼ cup white chocolate chips

Directions

1

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2

In a microwave-safe bowl, add chocolate chips. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir, then another 30 seconds, until chocolate has melted, 1-2 minutes total.

3

Holding a strawberry by the stem, dip into melted chocolate, lift and twist, allowing excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Place strawberry on the prepared sheet. Repeat with remaining strawberries.

4

Refrigerate the baking sheet until chocolate has set, about 20 minutes.

5

In a small microwave-safe bowl, add white chocolate chips. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir, then another 30 seconds, until chocolate has melted, 1-2 minutes total.

6

Using a spatula or spoon, carefully transfer melted white chocolate to a plastic baggie or pastry bag. If using a plastic baggie, trim ends of one corner off to pipe out the chocolate. Pipe a line down the middle of the strawberry, then three small lines across.

7

Place strawberries back in the fridge to allow white chocolate to set, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving

Serving size2 strawberries

calories

160

total fat

10g

saturated fat

7.1g

protein

2g

carbohydrates

19g

fiber

2.4g

sugar

13.2g

added sugar

8.9g

sodium

5mg

Tips

Let the strawberries dry completely after washing to allow for chocolate to stick better.

TAGS:

Mediterranean, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Low-Sodium, Family-Friendly, Dessert

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Loaded Sweet Potato Fries

You can make fries crispy and tasty without tons of oil or a fryer. These sweet potato fries can be baked in the oven or in the air-fryer and have a fraction of the fat and sodium compared to a restaurant or fast-food chain. They are seasoned with smoked paprika and a hint of bbq sauce which adds a slightly smoky, robust flavor. Unlike regular potatoes, sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, per United States Department of Agriculture data, which supports eye and immune health.

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5.0 out of 1 reviews

SERVES

4

CALORIES PER SERVING

204

AUTHOR

Roxana Ehsani, RD, CSSD, LDN

REVIEWED BY

Kelly Kennedy, RDN

PREP TIME

10 min

COOK TIME

25 min

TOTAL TIME

35 min

Ingredients

2 large sweet potatoes, skin on, cut into ¼-inch thick strips

2 tbsp avocado oil

½ tsp smoked paprika

¼ tsp kosher salt

¼ cup reduced-fat Mexican style four cheese, shredded

1 tbsp barbecue sauce

2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

1 green onions, finely chopped

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil.

2

Place sweet potatoes in a large mixing bowl and drizzle with avocado oil. Sprinkle with salt and paprika and toss gently until potatoes are evenly coated.

3

Spread fries in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until fries are golden brown and crispy, 25-30 minutes, tossing halfway through.

4

Using tongs, carefully transfer hot fries to a serving plate and sprinkle with shredded cheese, barbecue sauce, cilantro, and green onion. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving

Serving size½ cup

calories

204

total fat

9g

saturated fat

1.8g

protein

4g

carbohydrates

28g

fiber

4.3g

sugar

8.7g

added sugar

0g

sodium

367mg

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Dairy, Mediterranean, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Family-Friendly, Snack, Side Dish

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The Best Healthy Turkey Chili

Lean ground turkey stands in for ground beef and sausage in this twist on a traditional chili. Switching to lean ground turkey is an easy way to cut back on the calories and saturated fat in your chili. For example, switching from 80 percent lean ground beef to 93 percent lean ground turkey will save you 117 calories and 6 grams (g) of saturated fat per 4-ounce (oz) serving, according to the USDA.

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5.0 out of 4 reviews

SERVES

8

CALORIES PER SERVING

400

AUTHOR

Kelly Kennedy, RDN

REVIEWED BY

Lynn Grieger, RDN, CDCES

PREP TIME

10 min

COOK TIME

2 hr 10 min

TOTAL TIME

2 hr 20 min

Ingredients

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

2 lbs ground turkey, 93 percent lean

2 15-oz cans chili beans, drained and rinsed

2 28-oz cans diced tomatoes with juice, no salt added

1 6-oz can tomato paste, no salt added

1 large yellow onion, diced

2 yellow bell peppers, diced

3 ribs celery, chopped

1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped (skip for a more mild chili)

2 cubes beef bouillon

2 tbsp chili powder (use less for a more mild chili)

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp minced garlic

1 tbsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried basil

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground black pepper

Lime wedges and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt, for serving (optional)

Directions

1

Heat a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and turkey to hot pot, cooking until evenly browned. Break turkey into small pieces as it cooks.

2

Add remaining ingredients and stir. Cover and simmer over low heat for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

3

Adjust seasoning as desired and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving

Serving size2 cups

calories

400

total fat

13g

saturated fat

2.8g

protein

31g

carbohydrates

39g

fiber

10.5g

sugar

11.1g

added sugar

1.5g

sodium

628mg

TAGS:

Soy, Wheat, Fin fish, Family-Friendly, Dinner, Diabetes-Friendly, High-Fiber, High-Protein

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Pita Nachos

Nachos loaded with nutrient-rich vegetables and beans in place of cheese and meat make up this healthy meal. Avocado is packed with healthy monounsaturated fats and fiber, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This fat can help lower unhealthy cholesterol levels, according to MedlinePlus. Bake your own pita chips with a touch of extra-virgin olive oil to cut back on the unhealthy saturated fat in deep-fried tortilla chips, according to the USDA.

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5.0 out of 1 reviews

SERVES

4

CALORIES PER SERVING

269

AUTHOR

Kelly Kennedy, RDN

REVIEWED BY

Lynn Grieger, RDN, CDCES

PREP TIME

10 min

COOK TIME

15 min

TOTAL TIME

25 min

Ingredients

2 whole pitas, white or (preferably) whole wheat

1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil

1 pinch kosher salt

1 can low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup corn, fresh or frozen and defrosted

1 cup fresh diced tomatoes

1 jalapeño, sliced (optional)

1 avocado, chopped and divided

3 limes, juiced

¼ cup queso blanco or fresco, crumbled

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

2

Lightly brush outside of pitas with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Slice into even triangles and place in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

3

Bake until pita is golden brown and slightly crispy, about 15–20 minutes.

4

Top pita chips with beans, corn, tomato, andjalapeño (if using) just before serving.

5

In a small bowl, mash together avocado, lime juice, and pinch of salt. Drizzle over nachos and sprinkle with queso.

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving

calories

269

total fat

9g

saturated fat

2g

protein

9g

carbohydrates

41g

fiber

8g

sugar

6g

added sugar

3g

sodium

441mg

TAGS:

Wheat, Dairy, Appetizer, High-Fiber, Vegetarian

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Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

These delightfully spicy cauliflower bites have all the fiery flavor of Buffalo chicken wings, but less than one-quarter of the calories, close to no saturated fat, and almost 6 gof fiber per serving. You just may swear off the real thing for good.

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4.9 out of 12 reviews

SERVES

4

CALORIES PER SERVING

125

AUTHOR

Kelly Kennedy, RDN

PREP TIME

10 min

COOK TIME

35 min

TOTAL TIME

45 min

Ingredients

1 large head cauliflower, washed, dried, and cut into florets

½ cup flour

½ cup water

2½ tsp garlic powder, divided

¾ tsp paprika

¾ tsp ground cayenne pepper, divided

½ tsp kosher salt, divided

¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp chili powder

¼ cup raw apple cider or white vinegar

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Place cauliflower florets in a large, gallon-size plastic storage bag.

2

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, water, 2 tsp garlic powder, paprika, ¼ tsp salt, and pepper. Pour the mixture into the bag of cauliflower, close the bag, and mix with your hands until cauliflower is evenly coated. Spread cauliflower on prepared baking sheet in a single layer with space aroundeach piece. Bake until just browned, about 20 to 25 minutes, flipping cauliflower with a spatula around halfway through.

3

In a small bowl, whisk together chili powder, ½ tsp cayenne pepper, ½ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp salt, and vinegar until completely smooth. Once cauliflower is done baking, brush with Buffalo sauce and return to the oven until the cauliflower is lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Serve with veggies and dressing, as desired.

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving

calories

125

total fat

1g

saturated fat

0.4g

protein

6g

carbohydrates

25g

fiber

5.8g

sugar

4.3g

added sugar

0g

sodium

263mg

Tips

Short on time? Instead of making a sauce from spices and vinegar, you can use your favorite hot sauce instead. Just keep in mind that hot sauce is a high-sodium food, so keep it to a minimum.

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The Best Homemade Guacamole

Guacamole’s star ingredient,avocados, are packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, per theUSDA. And while this delicious combination of flavors is easy to whip up in any kitchen, you’ll pay a premium if you buy it ready-made. For example, you can expect to pay about$5.35 for a 15-oz container of guacamole, while this recipe will save you about a quarter of that cost — and will be 100 percent fresh.

4.4 out of 7 reviews

SERVES

6

CALORIES PER SERVING

121

AUTHOR

Kelly Kennedy, RDN

REVIEWED BY

Lynn Grieger, RDN, CDCES

PREP TIME

10 min

TOTAL TIME

10 min

Ingredients

3 avocados, flesh only

1 lime, juiced

½ tsp kosher salt

1 pinch freshly ground black pepper

¼ red onion, diced (optional)

2 Roma tomatoes, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped

1 jalapeño, stems and seeds removed, minced (optional)

Directions

1

Roughly mash avocados with a fork and add lime juice, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine and then add remaining ingredients. Stir gently to combine. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving

Serving size1/2 cup

calories

121

total fat

10.5g

saturated fat

1.5g

protein

1.6g

carbohydrates

8g

fiber

4.9g

sugar

0.9g

added sugar

0g

sodium

100mg

TAGS:

Appetizer, Diabetes-Friendly, Anti-Inflammatory, Heart-Healthy, Gluten-free, Low-Sodium, Mediterranean, Snack, Quick & Easy, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Healthier Jalapeño Poppers

Jalapeño poppers are a favorite appetizer and game-time snack. While the traditional recipe is made with cream cheese, which is high in unhealthy saturated fat, this healthier version uses protein-rich Greek yogurt in its place for a delicious and guilt-free appetizer.

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5.0 out of 3 reviews

SERVES

12

CALORIES PER SERVING

47

AUTHOR

Kelly Kennedy, RDN

PREP TIME

5 min

COOK TIME

15 min

TOTAL TIME

20 min

Ingredients

12 fresh jalapeño peppers

1 cup low-fat, plain Greek yogurt

4 cloves garlic, grated

1 tsp onion powder

½ tsp paprika

¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper (optional for more spice)

¾ tsp kosher salt

¼ cup finely chopped fresh chives, divided

¼ cup finely grated cheddar or pepper jack cheese

¼ cup panko bread crumbs

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

2

Wearing gloves, cutjalapeños in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to gently remove all of the seeds and membranes from peppers and discard. Place pepper halves on prepared baking sheet.

3

In a small mixing bowl, combine yogurt, garlic, onion powder, paprika, cayenne (if using), salt, 3 tbsp of chives, and all the cheese. Mix until evenly combined. Fill each pepper half with yogurt mixture. Sprinkle each pepper with bread crumbs anddrizzle of olive oil and bake in preheated oven until cheese is melted and bread crumbs begin to brown, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving

Serving size2 poppers

calories

47

total fat

2g

saturated fat

0.9g

protein

3g

carbohydrates

4g

fiber

0.5g

sugar

1.4g

added sugar

0.1g

sodium

99mg

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Dairy, Wheat, Diabetes-Friendly, Appetizer, Heart-Healthy, Low-Carbohydrate, Low-Fat, Low-Sodium, Quick & Easy, Vegetarian

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1. Tofu

Tofu is a popular plant-based protein source made from soybeans. It is often used as a meat substitute in vegetarian and vegan dishes due to its versatility and ability to absorb flavors. In the Tex-Mex Wrap recipe, shredded tofu is used to mimic the texture and appearance of ground meat.

2. Taco Seasoning

Taco seasoning is a blend of spices commonly used in Mexican cuisine to season ground meat or tofu for tacos, burritos, and other Tex-Mex dishes. It typically includes ingredients such as chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and oregano. In the Tex-Mex Wrap recipe, taco seasoning is used to flavor the shredded tofu.

3. Pinto Beans

Pinto beans are a type of dried bean commonly used in Mexican and Tex-Mex cooking. They have a creamy texture and mild flavor. They are often added to dishes like chili, burritos, and refried beans. In the Tex-Mex Wrap recipe, pinto beans can be optionally added for additional protein and flavor.

4. Tortillas

Tortillas are thin, flatbread-like disks made from corn or wheat flour. They are a staple in Mexican cuisine and are used to wrap fillings for tacos, burritos, and other dishes. In the Tex-Mex Wrap recipe, both large and small tortillas are used to create a layered wrap.

5. Tostadas

Tostadas are crispy, fried or baked tortillas that are typically flat and round in shape. They are often used as a base for building layered dishes. In the Tex-Mex Wrap recipe, a tostada is used as a layer in the wrap to add crunch and texture.

6. Romaine Lettuce

Romaine lettuce is a variety of lettuce with long, crisp leaves and a slightly bitter taste. It is commonly used in salads and sandwiches. In the Tex-Mex Wrap recipe, shredded or finely chopped romaine lettuce is used as a filling in the wrap.

7. Jack Cheese

Jack cheese is a mild, semi-soft cheese that melts well. It is commonly used in Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes. In the Tex-Mex Wrap recipe, shredded reduced-fat pepper jack cheese or a plant-based alternative can be used to add flavor and creaminess to the wrap.

8. Guacamole

Guacamole is a popular Mexican dip or spread made from mashed avocados, lime juice, and various seasonings. It is often served with tortilla chips or used as a topping for tacos, burritos, and sandwiches. In the Homemade Guacamole recipe, fresh avocados are mashed and combined with lime juice, salt, pepper, red onion, tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, and jalapeño (optional) to create a flavorful dip.

9. Buffalo Sauce

Buffalo sauce is a spicy sauce made from hot sauce, butter, and other seasonings. It is commonly used in Buffalo chicken wings and other dishes for its tangy and fiery flavor. In the Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites recipe, a homemade Buffalo sauce is brushed onto baked cauliflower florets to create a healthier version of Buffalo wings.

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