Football season is in full swing, and for those of us who will find ourselves yelling at our television sets a little more than usual during this time, that can only mean one thing: Plenty of game day eats! As you well know, snacking is an integral part of game day fun, but if we're being honest, we don't always go for the healthiest fare when deciding what foods to prepare. The good news is that there are plenty of healthy alternatives out there that can help you inject a little more nutrition into your snack selection. Below is a roundup of five healthy game day appetizers that are sure to score a touchdown in the flavor department.
1. Zucchini Pizza Bites
Pizza bites are a perennial favorite game time snack, but this bread-heavy classic is not the friendliest food when you're trying to watch your carb count. Fortunately, zucchini slices work surprisingly well as the "crust" for these delectable pizza snacks, allowing you to enjoy a veggie-based popper while keeping the carbs in check. Since the average zucchini from the grocery store is somewhat on the small side, these snacks will be bite-sized by default, but you can typically find zucchinis with a larger circumference (e.g., 3 to 5 inches) at your local farmers market if you want to up the ante size-wise. Kevin over at Closet Cooking has the recipe for this healthy and delicious pizza treat.
2. Asian Turkey Sliders (Lightened-Up Version)
Packed with high-quality protein and flavorful veggies, these Asian turkey sliders are the consummate game day go-to. One quick item of note regarding the recipe: Be sure to purchase regular ground turkey instead of lean, as the combination of white and dark meat will yield more flavor in the finished product. The culinary wizards over at Food Network Kitchen have all the details for preparing this Southeast Asian-inspired
3. Sweet Potato Fries
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4. Blue Corn Nachos and Homemade Guacamole
Nachos are to game day what hot dogs are to the ballpark – virtually indispensable. That being said, all nachos are not created equal. Nachos that are made from blue corn flour are healthier than their lighter-colored counterparts, as the beautifully-hued natural blue pigmentation indicates higher levels of anthocyanins, which are natural anti-inflammatory agents. Not only that, but blue corn chips typically contained 20-30% more protein, as well as a slightly sweeter taste than traditional corn chips. As far as the guacamole goes, there isn't enough time in the day to detail all of the health benefits found in avocados. Kate from Cookie and Kate gives you the lowdown on how to prepare this irresistible game day munchable.
5. Buffalo Deviled Eggs
On game day, it's hard to keep regular deviled eggs around for more than a handful of seconds, much less this mind-blowingly delicious buffalo-style remix! The eggs provide a healthy dose of protein and eye-healthy lutein, while the Greek yogurt adds ample calcium and more protein to the mix as well. This recipe provides plenty of kick for lovers of spicy food, and it's a great appetizer to add to your game day repertoire. Kim's Healthy Eats has the detailed instructions for this revamped version of a game day classic.
Your game day fare doesn't have to be unhealthy to be delicious. Keep the above appetizers in mind to add plenty of flavorful yet nutritious snacks to your game day menu!