18 Healthy Super Bowl Snacks

Fill up on Game Day Without the Guilt

Vegan Tofu Veggie Burgers

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The Super Bowl is traditionally a time for eating indulgent foods like nachos, wings, and beer with abandon. It's a fun gathering that can totally bust your diet. Instead of opting for mountains of meat and cheese and carbs, whip up some healthy snacks and appetizers this year for the big game. They're satisfying and delicious enough that your guests won't miss a thing, but without all of the calories.

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    Vegan Oven-Roasted Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

    Vegan Oven-Roasted Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

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    Cauliflower is a versatile veggie that can stand up to flavorful sauces and even stand-in for meat. Here it replaces chicken for a Buffalo wing that's low in fat. It's got all of the flavors you want without a trip in the deep fryer.

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    Quick Vegetarian 7-Layer Dip

    Quick Vegetarian 7-Layer Dip
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    Meat-free and packed with heart-healthy beans and avocado, 7-layer dip is a classic game day snack. To make it healthier, leave out the sour cream and cheese layer or use half the amounts called for and add extra beans and avocado. You'll still get the tasty creaminess with less dairy.

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    Baked Avocado Chips

    Baked Avocado Chips

    The Spruce / Elaine Lemm 

    Swap the standard potato chips for something totally different this year: avocado chips. Made with mashed, ripe avocado, almond flour, and Parmesan, they're a delicious, gluten-free snack.

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    Easy Breaded Tofu Nuggets

    Easy Breaded Tofu Nuggets

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    Instead of chicken tender or chicken nuggets, try tofu nuggets. Pressed, seasoned tofu is tossed with a crispy coating before being pan-fried or baked. Serve with ketchup or barbecue sauce.

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    Carrot Hummus

    Carrot Hummus

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    Give plain old hummus a nutrition and flavor boost with the addition of roasted carrots. The veggie, along with whole garlic cloves, gets browned and soft in the oven before being puréed with chickpeas, tahini, and lemon. Serve carrot hummus with whole wheat pita or chips.

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    Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken

    Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken

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    Pulled pork is a delicious game day main dish, but why not try pulled barbecue chicken? Made in the slow cooker, this chicken is flavorful and moist. Use it for sandwiches, nachos, or simply serve it as is. Use all white meat chicken for a lighter version.

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    Vegan Lentil Meatballs With Gluten-Free Flour

    Vegan Lentil Meatballs With Gluten-Free Flour

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    Meatballs are always a fun party food, but they're not always the healthiest option. Enter lentil meatballs. The tasty vegan version won't hold together quite as well as true meatballs, so you can't toothpick them, but they're just as satisfying. Serve with tomato sauce or a sweet and sour teriyaki.

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    Vegan Thai-Style Spring Rolls

    Vegan Thai-Style Spring Rolls

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    Fresh veggie spring rolls are a perfect handheld snack for a Super Bowl gathering. Cabbage and bean sprouts add crunch, while rice noodles lend a nice chew. You can add a couple of cooked, peeled shrimp to each roll if desired. Serve with dipping sauce.

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  • 09 of 18

    Low-Fat Turkey Chili

    Low-Fat Turkey Chili

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Mocanu

    For a main dish, serve bowls of piping hot chili around halftime. Packed with veggies and spices, this turkey chili is low in fat, but high in flavor. Feel free to swap the black beans for pinto or white beans and top with sliced green onions and cilantro.

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    Baked Sweet Potato Fries

    Baked Sweet Potato Fries

    The Spruce / Emily Hawkes

    Instead of tater tots or French tries, bake sweet potatoes for a crisp side dish or appetizer. Tossed with spices and roasted, sweet potato fries are naturally sweet, salty, and a little spicy. Serve with ketchup for dipping.

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    Nachos with Homemade Vegan Cheese Sauce

    Nachos with Homemade Vegan Cheese Sauce

    The Spruce / Laurel Randolph

    Don't let the long list of ingredients fool you. You'll already have most of them in your pantry and fridge and the process for making these vegan nachos is actually quite simple. The vegan cheese sauce is made with cashews and non-dairy milk and gets its cheesy flavor from healthy nutritional yeast.

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    Vegan Tofu Veggie Burgers

    Vegan Tofu Veggie Burgers

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    Add some tailgating fun to your Super Bowl party with burgers. These tofu burgers are deliciously savory with a nice texture, but are much healthier than the meat version. Serve with lots of topping options like grilled and raw onion, tomato, lettuce, avocado, and condiments.

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    Keto Pretzels

    Keto Pretzels

    The Spruce / Laurel Randolph 

    For those on gluten-free, low-carb, and keto diets, game day can be a bit of a bummer. Throw these grain-free keto pretzels in the mix and everyone will be happy. Plus, they're quicker and easier to make than bready soft pretzels.

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    Whole Wheat Vegan Pizza

    Whole Wheat Vegan Pizza

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    Instead of ordering delivery this year, make this quick and easy whole wheat pizza. Store-bought dough is easy to shape and bake and you can add your choice of toppings. With enough delicious veggies on top, you won't miss the cheese.

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    Easy Vegetarian "Hot Wings" with Seitan

    Easy Vegetarian

    The Spruce / Emily Hawkes

    Seitan is a surprisingly meaty tofu product that mimics boneless wings well, especially when coated in hot sauce. Browning the vegetarian wings in a pan helps give the seitan flavor and texture before coating in hot sauce.

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    Easy Vegan Southwestern-Style Chili

    Easy Vegan Southwestern-Style Chili

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    TVP (textured vegetable protein), beans, and mushrooms give this vegan chili tons of savory umami flavor. Meat-eaters and vegetarians alike will love this dish.

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    Falafel Sliders

    Falafel Sliders

    The Spruce / Anita Schecter 

    For a fun and flavorful slider, use crispy falafel patties instead of beef. Homemade falafel comes together quickly in a food processor and the delicious tahini sauce just takes a quick mix. Bake the patties instead of frying for a healthier falafel slider.

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    Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

    Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

    The Spruce / Jennifer Perillo

    These chicken meatballs have Buffalo flavor baked right into them for a fun game day appetizer. For an even healthier version, use lean chicken and replace more or all of the sour cream with yogurt in the dip.