Score Big with These Healthy Superbowl Foods!

By Rachel Tiemeyer

Quick…who is playing in the big game this year? (Hang on while I go ask my husband.)  Ding, ding, ding! That’s right!  It’s the New York Giants vs. New England Patriots. (Thanks, hubs.)

Flash back 12 years.  I was a young college girl in love.  My husband-to-be loved watching sports, reading the sports page, and catching Sports Center each night.  OMG, how convenient was it that I did too?  Wasn’t I the perfect match for him?!?

Fast forward 12 years.  Not that I was being wholly ungenuine at the time, but I certainly don’t possess the fervor I once did for sports.  In fact, let’s get real for a moment, ladies and maybe some gentlemen.  For the majority of us, Superbowl isn’t about the game itself, right? It’s about the food, friends, and commercials.  Am I right?  Am I right?  Yep, I’m right.

So, let’s talk Superbowl Party food!  The bummer is that many of us have just made New Year’s resolutions to workout more or eat healthier or lose weight.  Your typical party snacks aren’t going to do you any favors toward those ends now are they? And yet, a Superbowl Party spread needs to appeal to the heftiest of our men down to the pickiest of our eaters.

So, since you’re hanging with me here at Thriving Home and eating well is a big value, let’s talk healthy and delicious Superbowl Party food ideas!   Here are some of my favorite kid, parent, and party-tested-and-approved healthy recipes.  I promise they will score big with your family and friends…while doing less damage to your New Year’s resolutions.

Mini Chicken Burgers with Herbs

Although they may have less saturated fat than the typical cheeseburger, you won’t miss out on flavor with these chicken burgers.  For game day, make these earlier in the day and then warm them in the oven on 200 degrees before serving.  I serve these on whole wheat mini buns with all the regular toppings for cheeseburgers.  Or you can go “Italian” and top with marinara and provolone cheese instead.

Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup

This is my kids’ and husband’s favorite soup.  You can double this recipe and feed an army.  Serve this with some crusty bread and you could make this your one-dish meal for the big night.

Colorful Fruit Salad

No recipe needed here.  Just find the best-looking, most colorful fruit you can find.  I love pineapple, mango, cantaloupe, grapes or any berries.  Cut them in the same-sized bites and toss.  My guess is it will be gone by the end of the game.

Powerball Cookies

Here’s a little sweet something that is easy to whip up in advance.  These are one of our favorite treats for sure!  With only a few real ingredients, including things like dried fruit, nuts, and oatmeal, you can be sure you’re feeding your family and friends a nutritious and filling dessert.  I make these in mass and freeze them until ready to eat.  They just take a few minutes to thaw on the counter.  Believe me, they won’t last long.

Guacamole with Veggies and Chips

If you’re going to have a dip, which you have to for Superbowl, then make it guac.  It’s packed with good-for-you veggies and fat (yes, there is good fat that your body needs!).  If you stick to the veggies for dipping and don’t overdo the chips, you’ll also do yourself a favor.

Best Ever Homemade Popcorn

The name says it all.  Hands down the best popcorn I’ve ever had, plus I get to control the amount of fat and salt that goes in.  Your guests won’t be disappointed.



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