Healthy, Low Carb Super Bowl Snacks and Swaps for the Big Game

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The Super Bowl is famous for game-day competition, clever commercials, and indulgent party snacks. Aside from Thanksgiving, the Super Bowl is one of the biggest eating events of the year. Unfortunately, your game-day festivities can undermine your commitment to healthy eating. There's no reason you can't enjoy the Super Bowl without staying true to your healthy lifestyle goals.

Yummy and Healthy Super Bowl Snacks

The best way to keep your food choices in control while you watch the Super Bowl (or any other event) is to plan ahead. Who wants to munch on celery sticks and sip water while everyone else is eating cheesy nachos and drinking beer? Instead, schedule some time to make one of these delicious snacks that will keep your friends satisfied...and let you join in the celebration.

These recipe swaps will satisfy your craving for all things salty, crunchy, and savory.

Popular Super Bowl Snack: Wings

Chicken wings covered in sugary barbecue sauce or heavy blue cheese dressing are a Super Bowl classic.

Popular Super Bowl Snack: Tacos

When you think tacos, you might picture ground beef, cheese, guacamole, and sour cream, but it's time to think outside the box.

  • Healthy Super Bowl Swap: Lettuce wraps filled with lean turkey, shredded chicken, or pork. Use bibb lettuce as "taco shells" and chill them beforehand so they'll be crisp and fresh. Sauté the meat with flavorful, healthy veggies like onions and peppers. When it's time to eat, top it off with salsa. Add a slice of avocado for color and creamy texture.

Popular Super Bowl Snack: Chips

It can be hard to picture a Super Bowl spread without bowls of potato chips, tortilla chips, or cheese curls.

  • Healthy Super Bowl Swap: Shop for healthier chips and snacks. Air-popped popcorn sprinkled with Parmesan or other seasonings like garlic powder is a good bet. If you don't have an air popper, make plain popcorn in the microwave and add your own toppings. You can also munch on high fiber veggies including carrots, celery, radishes, or pea pods with hummus.

Popular Super Bowl Snack: Sweet Treats

Chocolate, cookies, brownies, and other treats are bound to make their way into the typical snack line up.

  • Healthy Super Bowl Swap: Grapes, berries, and cubed watermelon are sweet and nutritious snacks to nibble on. Fruit will satisfy your sweet tooth while providing vitamins and fiber to keep you feeling satisfied and hydrated. If you don't have time to cube and prepare fruit, buy containers of pre-cut fruits at the market. Put them on skewers, drizzle them with dark chocolate, or make fruit salad cups.

Popular Super Bowl Snack: Pizza

Pizza is always a favorite, especially when it's covered in cheese and pepperoni or sausage.

Popular Super Bowl Snack: Fried Foods

Who doesn't love French fries and fried mozzarella sticks?

  • Healthy Super Bowl Swap: Air-fried foods are a perfect swap for traditional fried foods. And you don't need an expensive appliance to "fry" these healthy appetizers at home. High-quality brands like Gourmia make air fryers in several sizes. They are easy to use, even if you don't consider yourself an expert chef. Try healthy air-fryer recipes like buffalo cauliflower bites or crispy sweet potato fries.

Popular Super Bowl Snack: Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are always a crowd fave.

  • Healthy Super Bowl Swap: Hard-boiled eggs are actually great for your diet, but the mayo in deviled eggs can bump up the calorie count. Instead, try making delicious low-calorie hummus to use as the filling for an interesting take on classic deviled eggs. You can also try our deviled egg makeover for a more traditional lower-calorie deviled egg recipe.

Popular Super Bowl Drinks: Alcohol

Beer, wine, and high-calorie cocktails are commonly the beverages of choice during the big game.

Place pitchers of flavored water on the coffee table to remind yourself to fill up on healthy fluids and decrease alcohol intake.

A Word From Verywell

Even Super Bowl snacks can be part of a diet you can feel good about. Mindless eating, however, can have a major impact on your total calorie intake, and you are far more likely to overeat while watching television or surrounded by friends. Try to stay active and mindful during the game. Refill drinks, engage in conversations, and have fun spending quality time with others.

Another handy trick to prevent excessive snacking? Chew gum! This can help while you're prepping food in the kitchen or once you've had your fill of snacks.

Want more tips to keep your healthy eating plan in place while you watch the big game? Check out our recipes for Healthy High Protein Snacks.

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