Game On! 5 Healthy Game Day Recipes

'Tis the season to eat game day goodies and watch pro players toss the pigskin. Whether your team wins big or loses hard, you can score a touchdown with this stellar game day spread!

Football season is upon us! Parking lots are packed with high-powered RVs loaded to the rails with coolers, HD televisions, and satellite dishes. Bars are boisterous scenes of cheer and dismay. Friends with outdated jerseys huddle around televisions to kick off Monday Night Football. I live for this time of year. I love the house parties, tailgating, and camaraderie. I also love football season food, which doesn't have to be greasy pizza and wings.

The food you serve is nearly as important as the scoreboard at the big game. It's easy to get caught up in the moment and lose sight of your fitness goals, and no one wants to snack on carrots and hummus. Don't worry! This year, treat your guests properly.

Make healthier, tasty choices that please your buddies and help you score your goals. Here are five game day party foods you can add to your kickoff menu!


1
Turkey-Wrapped Asparagus

Hands down, this is one of my favorite snack foods—game day or any day. I guarantee you and your guests will love this high-protein finger food that's both delicious and easy to make.

Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Set oven to 450 F.
  2. Chop bottom stems off asparagus.
  3. Wrap each asparagus with 2 oz of sliced turkey lunch meat.
  4. Set a skillet on medium-high heat and spray with Kelapo coconut oil.
  5. Place the wrapped asparagus in the skillet with the turkey flap end down. Sear the wrapped asparagus. While it's cooking, add seasoning.
  6. Once all sides of the turkey are seared, remove from the skillet. Place the wrapped asparagus in the oven on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 4-5 minutes.
  7. Serve while warm. Boom!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 asparagus wrap
(recipe makes 12)
Amount per serving
Calories 66
Total Fat 1g
Total Carbs 2g
Protein 12g

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2
Anabolic Kiwi-Lime Popsicles

Refreshment: It's just what your throat needs after hours of watching football. Whether you're hoarse from yelling at the bad calls, chanting your school's fight song, or rejoicing when your favorite player lives up to his nickname, hydration is essential.

Instead of chugging down an alcoholic beverage, why not feed your body and prime your muscles so they'll be ready for a nice post-game workout? Try this easy Popsicle recipe using plastic Dixie cups.

Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Remove skin from 8 kiwis.
  2. Add pieces of Hica-Max candy to a blender and blend until it becomes a powder.
  3. Add peeled kiwi pieces to the blender and squeeze in the juice of one lime. Pulse blend until the mixture is relatively smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture into the Dixie cups, filling to the top.
  5. Make six semi-thick lime slices using the remaining limes. Insert a Popsicle stick into the lime to create the "cap" for the Popsicle.
  6. Place the lime with the Popsicle stick directly into the top of the Dixie cup. Make sure to push the Popsicle stick all the way into the cup.
  7. Place the cups with the Popsicle sticks into the freezer for at least 4-5 hours to allow the fruit to freeze.
  8. After it's frozen, set the Dixie cup in warm water to help remove the Popsicle. Simply grab the bottom of the cup firmly and twist. The Popsicle should come out with ease.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Popsicle (recipe makes 6)
Amount per serving
Calories 64
Total Fat 1g
Total Carbs 17g
Protein 1g

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3
Shrimp Sliders

I can eat sliders by the dozen. There's something about mini-hamburgers that brings out the honey badger in all of us, which isn't a good thing when you're munching for three hours while watching sports. Here's a high-protein, low-fat option that will have you building muscle without all the guilt.

Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Remove tails and shell from the raw shrimp. Dry the shrimp with a paper towel.
  2. Add the shrimp to a blender and pulse blend until you're left with a chunky, thick, sticky paste.
  3. Remove the shrimp from the food processor and season with your choice of seasonings. Mix using your hands. Form three 2 oz patties.
  4. Add Kelapo coconut oil to a skillet and place on medium heat. If you are placing the shrimp on the grill, be sure to grease the rack. Place the shrimp sliders on the skillet and cook until the shrimp patties turn pink.
  5. Assemble the sliders using a small leaf of lettuce and a slice of Roma tomato.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 slider (recipe makes 3)
Amount per serving
Calories 135
Total Fat 2g
Total Carbs 13g
Protein 14g

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4
Lime Spinach Dip with Naked Blue Tortilla Chips

Going to a watch party sans spinach dip is like showing up to the gym without your workout clothes. I mean, you could jog in a suit, but it'd be awkward for you and everyone else. Don't be that person, especially when you don't have to.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup Fage 2% Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Goat Cheese or Feta Cheese (optional)
  • 2 cups raw or frozen Spinach
  • 1 Lime (freshly squeezed juice)
  • Seasonings to taste: Garlic Powder, Pepper, Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. Add Greek yogurt, goat cheese, freshly squeezed lime juice, and seasonings together in a food processor or blender. Pulse the mixture in a blender.
  2. Add spinach to the blender and pulse blend until the mixture is smooth yet chunky.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours or place in the freezer for 45 minutes. Serve the dip cold. I highly recommend eating with fresh veggies or Simply Sprouted Naked Blue Tortilla Chips.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (recipe makes 4)
Amount per serving
Calories 86
Total Fat 5g
Total Carbs 3g
Protein 9g

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5
Fruit and Yogurt-Stuffed Waffle Cones

Whether the game is close or a total flop, everyone screams for ice cream. Make sure your game day bash finishes strong by including your own healthy "ice cream" bar! Not only will your guests thank you that night for such a creative option, but they'll also thank you later when they find out your sweet treat helped them stay on track. This is easy, affordable, healthy eating at its best.

Ingredients
  • 1 Keebler waffle cone or "Let's Do ... Organic" vegan sugar cone
  • 1/2 cup Fage 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite fruits: Raspberries, Blackberries or Blueberries, Kiwi
  • 1 tbsp Dark chocolate chips (at least 60% cacao)
Instructions
  1. Add yogurt to the waffle cone.
  2. Add your combination of fruits.
  3. Top with 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount per serving
Calories 129
Total Fat 4g
Total Carbs 18g
Protein 7g

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