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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!


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.


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

  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


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.


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

  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


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!


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

  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


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.


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

  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


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.


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

  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