5 Super Bowl Snacks You Won't Be Ashamed to Serve

Super Bowl Sunday often means eating a super-large bowl of junk. Here are 5 recipes to include this year that give the flavors you want and none of the questionable ingredients you don't!

Let's cut right to the chase. For many of us, America's biggest unofficial holiday has more to do with the grub (and of course commercials) than the score. But too often, Super Bowl feasts are ruled by, well, junk. All the trashy sausages, calorie-bomb dips, and piles of miscellaneous nacho toppings pile up around us, making it seem like healthy food simply isn't welcome on game day. It should be!

This year, call an audible and take game day food into your own hands. Pack your table with snacks that are undeniably nutritious, but also dish out enough salty, creamy, and decadent flavors to keep the H-word (healthy) from being uttered.

Here are five I've found to be popular enough that you may see people fighting over the final scoop by the end of the halftime show!

1

Smoked Salmon Dip




Smoked salmon provides a dynamic duo of high-quality protein and those overachieving fats known as omega-3s. It's also just straight-up delicious, especially when paired with dill, lemon juice, and something creamy.

That store-bought seven-layer dip can't hold a candle to this in taste or ingredients! To defend against the blitz of caloric overload, opt for reduced-fat Greek yogurt and sour cream, instead of the full-fat versions or mayonnaise.

Ingredients

Smoked salmon: 12 oz.


Nonfat Greek yogurt (plain): 1/2 cup


Reduced-fat sour cream: 1/2 cup


Lemon juice: 2 tbsp


Dill, chopped: 2 tbsp


Horseradish: 2 tbsp


Capers: 1 tbsp (optional)


Black pepper: 1/4 tsp


Directions
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until well combined. No food processor? Finely dice the salmon, and then stir it with the other ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Serve garnished with chopped chives alongside sliced vegetables and whole-grain crackers.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/4 mixture
Recipe yields: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 197
Fat12 g
Carbs3 g
Protein23 g

2

Jerky Snack Mix




Jerky is a stellar source of protein that shouldn't be limited only to road trips. The parched meat is a perfect way to jazz up a game-day snack mix. Popcorn adds some low-calorie volume, which makes this snack extra-filling, so you won't feel compelled to OD on the sketchy fare your friends brought to the soiree.

In fact, this sweet-and-salty riff on trail mix has a powerful combination of protein, fiber, and healthy fats to help quell hunger and any risk of stuffing yourself silly. A bit of dark chocolate should help curb cravings for your neighbor's chocolate chip cookies.

Ingredients

Plain popcorn: 4 cups


Low-fat beef jerky: 3 oz.


Unsalted almonds: 3/4 cup


Dried cherries: 2/3 cup


Soy nuts, roasted: 1/3 cup


Pumpkin seeds (pepitas): 1/3 cup


Coconut flakes, unsweetened: 1/3 cup


Dark chocolate chips: 1/3 cup


Directions
  1. Toss all ingredients together, mix, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/8 recipe
Recipe yields: 8 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 205
Fat9 g
Carbs24 g
Protein8 g

3

Sweet Potato Protein Hummus




Sure, you may be able to pick up a container of hummus at your local store, but you can just as easily whip up your own protein-packed version. The flavor of sweet potato lends itself well to the nutty tahini, making this a must-dip for any vegetable, cracker, or finger! Plus, you take the macros to another level with the inclusion of flavorless protein powder. Don't worry, this won't taste like hummus that someone spilled a protein shake into!

Ingredients

Sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed: 1 lb.


Chick peas: 1 14-oz. can



Tahini paste: 1/4 cup


Olive oil: 3 tbsp


Lemon juice: 2 tbsp


Garlic, minced: 1 clove


Chili powder: 1/2 tsp


Cumin powder: 1/2 tsp


Salt: 1/2 tsp


Directions
  1. Steam or boil the sweet potato, then drain and let cool several minutes.
  2. Blend together all ingredients until smooth.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/8 recipe
Recipe yields: 8 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 206
Fat11 g
Carbs13 g
Protein8 g

4

Yogurt-Stuffed Peppers




This creamy finger food is certain to satisfy the salty, spicy, crunch you expect around the TV on Sundays. Greek yogurt paired alongside a hint of heat lives well within a crunchy pepper, and is reminiscent of your favorite nacho dish.

Plus, these low-calorie bites take next to no time to make, which will help ensure you don't miss the oh-so-funny commercials preparing food.

Ingredients

Nonfat Greek yogurt, plain: 1 cup


Fresh thyme: 1 tbsp


Lemon zest: 1 lemon's worth


Garlic, minced: 1 clove


Olive oil: 2 tsp


Red pepper: 1/2 tsp


Salt: 1/4 tsp


Black pepper: 1/4 tsp


Mini bell peppers: 20


Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, stir together Greek yogurt, fresh thyme, lemon zest, garlic, red pepper, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Cut 1/2 inch from the stem end of about 20 mini bell peppers. Remove the seeds and veins with a paring knife.
  4. Toss peppers with 2 teaspoons oil and spread out on a baking sheet. Bake until peppers begin to soften, about 12 minutes.
  5. Let peppers cool, then stuff with yogurt mixture.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 3 mini bell peppers
Recipe yields: 7 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 45
Fat0 g
Carbs6 g
Protein4 g

5

Asian Tuna Balls




These portable protein balls are stuffed with star-studded tuna, which will ensure you're reeling in high-quality protein with each bite! Plus, they've got just enough Asian-inspired zing to get you out of your seat yelling for your team—and then heading back to the table for more.

Try to prep these guys ahead of time, aiming to have them finished cooking 15 minutes before kickoff so everyone can enjoy them warm.

Ingredients

White potato: 1 medium


Canned albacore tuna: 2 5-oz. cans


Large egg: 1


Sesame seeds: 2 tbsp


Scallion, chopped: 1 medium


Lime juice: 1 lime's worth


Soy sauce: 2 tbsp


Ginger, minced: 1 tbsp


Fish sauce: 1 tbsp


Chili sauce: 2 tsp


Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Steam or boil potato until tender.
  3. Place potato in a large bowl and mash.
  4. Stir in all other ingredients.
  5. Form into balls slightly smaller than a golf ball. You should have about 16 balls.
  6. Arrange on a lightly greased or parchment-paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until browned and crispy on the outside.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 4 tuna balls
Recipe yields: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 146
Fat3 g
Carbs3 g
Protein22 g