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There is a chill in the air, leaves are starting to change and pumpkin-flavored everything is all the rage. That means it’s time for football! With football season comes viewing parties with lots of great food.
Greasy wings, fatty cheese dips and decadent desserts are typical game day fare, but you don’t have to let football season undo your entire year of healthy eating! Here are 10 delicious game day recipes that will give you all the flavor you’re looking for without all the unhealthy ingredients.
Baked Honey Sriracha Wings
If you’re having a football party, you have to have wings. To make them healthier, pass on the deep-fried breaded wings and go for some flavor-packed baked wings. Honey adds a touch of sweetness to these Sriracha-spiced wings.
Thin Crust Margherita Flatbread Pizza
Pizza is another game day must-have, but skip the greasy delivery and make your own flatbread pizza. This fresh thin-crust recipe will satisfy your craving for pizza while keeping your carb count low.
Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Harvest Chex Mix
Fall is the perfect time for pumpkin-flavored everything, and this homemade Chex mix will become your new favorite. Sweet, crunchy and easy to make, this recipe should be a game day staple in every home.
Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip
Warm and gooey spinach and artichoke dip is one of my favorite things to make for potlucks and parties. Unfortunately, the classic recipe can be laden with heavy cream and fatty cheese. This recipe subs out part of the cream cheese with yogurt, making for a lighter, guilt-free version.
7-Layer Chicken Taco Dip
I’ve been known to make an entire meal out of taco dip, and why not, really? It has meat, cheese, veggies and whole grains. OK, so calling tortilla chips a whole grain might be a foul, but lightening up the traditional recipe with avocados and low-fat sour cream is a touchdown.
Baked Zucchini Sticks and Sweet Onion Dip
If you like blooming onions, you’ll love this fresh twist. Baked instead of deep-fried, breaded zucchini sticks make the perfect vessel for the delicious sweet onion dip. It tastes so good you’ll forget that it’s good for you.
Sriracha Teriyaki Meatball Bowls
What’s a football party without meatballs? This healthy recipe calls for ground turkey instead of beef or pork, which makes it leaner. By using a homemade teriyaki sauce, you can easily control the amount of sweetness and heat. To make the dish even lighter, keep the sauce on the side for dipping instead of coating the meatballs completely.
Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower
To satisfy the craving for buffalo sauce without reaching for greasy chicken, try buffalo roasted cauliflower. Dipped in ranch or blue cheese, you won’t even miss the chicken. Making your own dip with Greek yogurt will further reduce the amount of fat and calories in this recipe.
Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
Chili is the comfort food of fall. There’s nothing like sitting down with a warm bowl of chili piled high with cheese and sour cream to get you in the mood for football. This slow-cooker recipe uses ground turkey instead of beef or pork for an overall leaner meal.
Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Footballs
You’ve got to have something sweet to celebrate your team’s victory, and these chocolate-covered strawberry footballs are the perfect treat. There’s just enough chocolate to feel like you’re treating yourself, but the fresh fruit keeps it guilt-free.
Don your team jersey, gather your friends and get ready to cheer. Now you can celebrate and enjoy all the game day food you’ve come to know and love without all the extra calories.