Game Day is often associated it with cheesy nachos, greasy finger foods, and beer galore. In the case that all these things don’t quite get you going, there are alternatives! After scouring the internet, here is your list of 20 healthy game day food ideas.
1. Sweet Potato Sliders
Let me start off by saying that Lexi’s Clean Kitchen is my new go-to for healthier alternatives. Many of the options on here are credited to her and for good reason! We all enjoy sweet potato fries when given the choice so having it as a slider seems like the logical next step. Skip out on those greasy little patties and try out these sweet potato sliders for your healthy game day meal.
2. Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms
Is there anything better than food stuffed inside other food? You can enjoy these spinach dip stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer or you can just fill up on these throughout the entire first half of the game!
3. Oven Baked Zucchini Fries
Lately, zucchini fries in general have been my go-to. I feel better for having consumed some form of vegetable throughout the day and that extra kick of flavor is a must. When it came to game day foods, I had never thought of zucchini fries, but I have been persuaded. Consider pairing these oven baked zucchini fries with a roasted garlic dipping sauce and you may kick those french fries for good!
4. Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip
In case you don’t want to go the stuffed mushroom route, you can just indulge in the healthy spinach artichoke dip! Utilize cashew cream or leave off cheese for a completely dairy-free option. There are few things better than dip while the game is on and now you can feel better about it too.
5. Chicken Bacon Ranch Hummus Dip
Another combination of two things that crowds indulge in, this chicken bacon ranch hummus dip can be paired with gluten free crackers as an alternative to typical chips & dip. Ditch the potato chips and store-bought dip for this one instead!
6. Pecan Popcorn Chicken
As an avid fan of pecan pie and popcorn chicken, my fingers are crossed for this to be a staple of healthy game day foods. With a cajun garlic dipping sauce, these pecan popcorn chicken bites will make you forget about all those past nuggets.
7. BLT Pasta Salad
Pasta salad is a must have at any gathering and most people enjoy a good BLT. This gluten-free BLT pasta salad can be your next side dish for game day so you can avoid any sandwich making.
8. Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
Any option to make chicken tenders healthier sounds good to me! Whether you want to utilize an air fryer or bake, you will want these chicken tenders on your list of healthy game day food.
9. Lemon Bars
You might spend the whole game avoiding junk food but sometimes things seem to crumble when it comes to dessert. The good news is that these paleo lemon bars will prevent that fall! It may not be summer anymore, but these bars are perfect for a healthy game day food alternative.
10. Gluten-Free Edible Cookie Dough Dip
If you are like me and have that instinct within you to eat cookie dough, this is automatically the treat for you. You can transform your healthy game day food table into an experience that your guests will never forget with this cookie dough dip.
11. Light Shrimp Cocktail Bites
Shrimp cocktail can get pretty dense so having the option of light shrimp cocktail bites will fit well into your game day menu. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing but this appetizer will leave your guests wanting more!
12. Cilantro Lime Roasted Shrimp
I may have fell into a little shrimp rabbit hole but for good reason! As a fan of shrimp scampi but never the aftermath of the oil, these cilantro lime roasted jumbo shrimp seem like the perfect solution. Healthy game day food doesn’t have to completely separate from your usual favorites and for that I am extremely excited.
13. Baked Spicy Maple Chicken Wings
If you are just hopping on the healthy game day food train and aren’t ready to plunge too deep, these baked spicy maple chicken wings could be the perfect introduction. These wings are coated with flavor and you don’t have to step anywhere near the fryer!
14. Sweet Potato Skins
Sports bars often capitalize on the popularity of potato skins during game days. Why not cut out the middle man and make these sweet potato skins for your next event? You can eat as many as you want!
15. Mini Deep Dish Pizzas
Anything with pizza mini deep dish pizzas in it is bound to grab my attention. For those of you who are experts with a muffin tin, this is right up your alley. These will not only be full of fresh ingredients, but they will be a conversation starter as well!
16. Simple Gluten-Free Apple Crisp
If lemon bars or cookie dough dip is not your preference, here is the chance for granny smith apples to shine! You can serve this apple crisp hot or at room temperature and it will still be a healthy game day food hit.
17. Shrimp Ceviche
Shrimp ceviche is great because there are so many ways to eat it. By itself, with tortilla chips, or on a tostada will make this a worthwhile meal.
18. Teriyaki Salmon Bites
As many of my friends will tell you, I will choose teriyaki salmon off every single menu. These teriyaki salmon bites are great for those party guests who don’t want to indulge in a whole fish and they are something not typically found on game day spreads. Here’s your chance to step outside the box!
19. Cheesy Cauliflower Nachos
For those game days when you just can’t escape that cheesy impulse, these cheesy cauliflower nachos will satisfy that craving. You might even trick a few guests into eating cauliflower that they swear will never touch their lips!
20. Rainbow Veggie Flatbread Pizza
Not only is this rainbow veggie flatbread pizza full of color but it is full of flavor as well! Feel free to mix up your vegetables and adapt this recipe to fit your healthy game day food needs.
Here’s hoping your healthy game day is full of great food and lots of points! What are your healthy game day food ideas? tell us in the comments!
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Rebecca was born in Hayward, CA and still resides there today. She received her BA in English Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and is the first in her family to graduate from university. She is a Poetry student in the MFA program at Saint Mary’s College of California and is furthering her involvement in the literary community. In her spare time, she likes to lose her voice at Giants games, read Young Adult novels, make lists, and aims to cross become a writer off it.