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Healthy Super Bowl Party Menu

A healthy Super Bowl party menu will be a godsend to your New Year resolution-keeping friends. And they won’t hate themselves Monday morning for over-eating junk food.

But when we turn down the calories, we need to turn up the flavor. So this menu is full of South of the Border spice your guests will devour. From appetizers to desserts, these dishes might make them forget there’s a game on.

Sweet & Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

This recipe from Danelle at Let’s Dish is the perfect snack game-day snack. If your team’s performance makes you mindlessly stick your hand in the snack bowl, you’ll actually be doing your body a favor. And your taste buds will thank you.

Just be sure to take Danelle’s tips seriously. Dry those chickpeas out before they go in the oven and don’t take them out till they’re crispy.

Weight Watchers Taco Dip

This is a classic Weight Watchers recipe that Sadie from Slap Dash Mom has beautifully presented.

Do be careful what you serve as a vehicle for this dip so you don’t undo the low-cal benefit. Baked tortilla chips are the way to go.

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

You must have a pot filled with something amazing for guests to ladle into a bowl. This slow cooker chicken enchilada soup from Lisa at Tiny Kitchen Capers is that something amazing.

Lisa likes to add toppings such as cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips. If you want to make these available to your guests, offer the low-fat varieties.

Cauliflower Crust Garlic Breadsticks

Every delicious soup needs breadsticks to go with it. This recipe from Mike at The Iron You fills the bill nicely, though they’re not bread at all. These breadstick-shaped mashed cauliflower treats are full of cheesy, garlic-y goodness baked to crispy perfection.

The recipe only makes 10 sticks so you’ll want to increase the measurements according to the number of guests you’re expecting X at least 2 or 3 pieces each. (Also, I won’t tell anyone if the egg you use doesn’t meet the free-range organic qualification stipulated in the recipe. That’ll just be our secret.)

For other menu ideas, you may like some of these – especially the Caprese salad skewers.

Santa Fe Chicken Salad Wraps

This recipe for Santa Fe Chicken Salad Wraps is from Jessica at Together As Family. Made with rotisserie chicken, the chicken salad is flavored with lime juice, chili powder, cumin, and fresh cilantro. It’s a flavor fiesta in a wrap.

To keep it really low-cal, you may want to use fat-free mayo and light sour cream in the dressing.

Apple Nachos With Peanut Butter & Chocolate

It’s a “nacho” if an edible utensil delivers tasty toppings to your mouth. Kelly at Trial and Eater has come up with this simple and healthy dessert nacho that employs naturally sweet apples (she recommends Fuji) as a vehicle for a drizzle of protein-packed peanut butter and chocolate.

It only takes 5 minutes to assemble, so I recommend making and serving it sometime after half-time and the previous menu items have been consumed. That way you don’t have to worry about preserving the apple slices in that annoying lemon juice bath. It’ll be eaten right away.

Healthy Brownie

It’s not a Super Bowl party without brownies. That’s actually a law. These healthy brownies from Chelsea at Chelsea’s Messy Apron are made with Greek yogurt and oat flour. (Don’t stress about where you get oat flour – you make it yourself with regular rolled oats in your food processor.)

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Finally, to accompany your healthy Super Bowl party menu, I recommend serving all the above with an assortment of LeCroix and light beer.

And may the best team win. As they usually do.

  • Nicole Saunders

    This is SUCH a good wrap up of super bowl party foods! I just want to host a party to make these dishes now! ha!

  • Gemille Sleweon

    ive never hosted a Super Bowl party before, but this year might be the year I do so. Thanks for sharing!

  • Susannah Fields O’Brien

    I love roasted chickpeas! Quick, easy, delicious, and healthy!

  • That enchilada soup… I’m longing for it now! I’m glad someone wrote about healthy eating at football viewing parties. Sometimes, when I go to gatherings like this, I feel so guilty about what I’m eating!

    • Wife Sense

      Same here, Lisa! I just hate myself the next day. Not this year.

  • I love these tips for Super Bowl with a healthy twist! I cannot wait for the big game and hosting a small party for it with a few of these food items!