Healthier Copycat Recipes to Serve Up at Your Super Bowl Party
By Lisa Valente, M.S., R.D., January 27, 2017 - 9:39am
Unless my team is playing, the Super Bowl is all about the food. I want to be able to eat and serve foods that my friends will love, but are still healthier than your typical store-bought or takeout options, which can be sky-high in calories and sodium. Cooking at home means I get to control the ingredients and sneak in vegetables when possible. Everyone still gets to enjoy classic game-day eats, like guacamole, wings, chili, pizza and dip. Plus, if someone's eating gluten-free, vegan, Paleo or Whole30 style—they can still enjoy some of the spread. Here are my favorite copycat recipes with something for everyone to enjoy on game day.
Related: Best Healthy Super Bowl Recipes
Chicken Wings: Soy-Lime Baked Buffalo Wings
These baked wings not only save you in calories, but they also slash some major sodium: around 598 mg compared to traditional deep-fried wings. Get the recipe for these Soy-Lime Baked Buffalo Wings.
Guacamole: Jason Mraz's Guacamole
Whole30, Paleo, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free
Avocados are a good source of heart-healthy fats. Serve with veggie dippers like red bell pepper, carrots, celery and cucumber and some tortilla chips. Get the recipe for Jason Mraz's Guacamole.
For a low-calorie guac try this Skinny Guacamole, which mixes in zucchini.
Potato Skins: Sweet Potato Skins with Guacamole
Three words: sweet, potato, skins. Skip the takeout or freezer version and make these healthy sweet potato skins that everyone is sure to love. Top them with cheese, guacamole and a little tomato, onion and cilantro. You could leave the cheese off to make these bites vegan, Whole30 and Paleo. Get the recipe for Sweet Potato Skins with Guacamole.
Buffalo Wings: Sriracha-Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Low Carbohydrate
These spicy cauliflower bites are a delicious take on the game-day favorite, Buffalo wings. They are an irresistible way to serve up veggies at your party. Get the recipe for Sriracha-Buffalo Cauliflower Bites.
7-Layer Dip: Southwestern Layered Bean Dip
Vegetarian, Low Carbohydrate, Gluten-Free
A classic 7-layer dip with a healthy twist. Here, we use black beans, fresh vegetables and reduced-fat sour cream to create a lighter yet satisfying dip. Get the recipe for Southwestern Layered Bean Dip.
Nachos: Loaded Sweet Potato Nacho Fries
Low Calorie, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Swap in sweet potatoes for tortilla chips to make these gluten-free skillet nachos that are perfect for serving a crowd. The nachos are topped with a hearty dose of vegetables and baked until the cheese is melted and gooey. Get the recipe for Loaded Sweet Potato Nacho Fries.
Chili: Easy Vegetarian Chili
Ready in 30 minutes, this super-quick chili will please your vegetarian and omnivore friends alike. Get the recipe for Easy Vegetarian Chili.
Prepare yourself for a delicious homemade pizza. Get a fiber boost from the whole-wheat crust and fresh veggies that top this pizza you can serve right out of the oven. Get the recipe for Sausage, Pepper & Mushroom Pizza.
If you're looking for a gluten-free option, try this Mediterranean Cauliflower Pizza.
Watch How to Make Buffalo Cauliflower Bites