11 mouth-watering snacks for a healthier Super Bowl

We know what you’re thinking: What’s a Super Bowl party without the pizza, wings and dip? And you’re right. That’s why we’ve included all of that in this list of 11 healthier options for party food. You heard us right — the old favorites don’t have to be diet deal-breakers.

A recent National Restaurant Association survey showed that 2-out-of-5 Americans want healthy food for the big game, so we’ve collected the tastiest recipes — whether they’re twists on Super Bowl party classics or new additions — for you to whip up this weekend.


Asparagus guacamole
Hear us out: Avocados are nutritious and delicious, but they’re unfortunately high in calories and fat (even if it’s the “good” kind). And if you’re anything like us, it’s tough to control your portions when it comes to guac. Try this asparagus twist on guacamole from Food.com for a low-calorie, low-fat substitute that’s packed with healthy benefits: dietary fiber; protein; vitamins A, C, E and K; thiamin; riboflavin; and niacin, among others. Click here for the recipe.


Vegan chili
Don’t turn up your nose, carnivores. We guarantee you’ll want seconds of this healthy substitute for beef chili, provided by our own Gail Hoffer. With black beans, white beans, kidney beans and lentils, this chili recipe is packed with vitamins and minerals. Among them: dietary fiber, folate, protein, vitamin C, riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, copper and manganese. Click here for the recipe.


Lightened seven-layer taco dip
Believe it or not, it is possible to give this old favorite a healthy makeover. Cheap Healthy Good trims the fat (and the cost) with inexpensive fat-free ingredients and includes detailed calorie info, as well as price per serving, for all of its ingredients. Click here for the recipe.


Pizza quinoa polenta
Forget traditional pizza dough. Fit Sugar thought up something better: polenta! With protein and potassium, polenta is a nutritious complement to the tomato and mozzarella on these mini-pizza hors d’oeuvres. Click here for the recipe.


Warm spinach-artichoke dip
Spinach and artichokes are to dips what peanut butter and jelly are to sandwiches — only more nutritious. Health.com’s perfect party dip will have you wondering why you ever ate those store-bought cans of French onion dip. Instead of regular potato chips for dipping, use Tostitos’ Multigrain Scoops (great for dipping!) or baked potato chips. Click here for the recipe.


Fruit kebabs
If you’re going to have chips and dip, you gotta have some sweet to counteract the salty. For a healthier alternative to candy or sweets, try these fruit kebabs, courtesy of our own Allison Cerra.

Choose your assorted fruits. (Allison recommends 3/4 cup of each kind and suggests using seedless grapes, strawberries, honeydew, melon or cantaloupe, pineapple or kiwi if it’s in season.) All fruit should be sliced into cubes and places on skewers. Dip the skewers into skim milk or orange juice, or use a pastry brush to coat with milk or OJ.

On a separate plate, roll in shredded coconut. Chill for 30 minutes. Serves eight to 10 people. Note: If you’re not a coconut person, substitute the milk/OJ and coconut by using nonfat yogurt as a dipping option, or add cubes of cheese for a kick of calcium!

Chicken sausage, sweet onion and fennel pizza
If you grumbled about the mini-polenta pizzas: 1) Shame on you! That recipe is amazing! 2) We have a backup plan for you that includes regular pizza crust. As Cooking Light explains, this recipe uses enough sausage and cheese to guarantee satisfaction while keeping calories, sodium and saturated fat in check. Our only suggested change to this recipe: Use a whole-wheat pizza crust instead. Click here for the recipe.


Baba ghanoush
Move over, hummus. Williams-Sonoma’s baba ghanoush is our new favorite Middle Eastern dip and one of our favorite ways to enjoy eggplant. Its low-calorie, low-fat ingredients make it a diet-friendly snack, and the eggplant is a great source of dietary fiber. Buy some whole-wheat pita for dipping. Click here for the recipe.


Kale chips
We can’t rave about these enough. Not only are they surprisingly tasty (I know they look a little scary), but they also are one of the least expensive green veggies out there and are a great source of dietary fiber; vitamins A, C, K and B6; calcium; potassium; copper; and manganese.

To make: Spray 1 cup of kale (fresh trim stems, dried thoroughly) with 5 sprays of olive-oil cooking spray, and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt. Spread onto a cookie sheet in an even single layer, and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes or until it begins to brown and crisp. Sidenote for those looking to keep their eats on the cheap: Kale is one of the most inexpensive green veggies out there.


Baked buffalo wings
It’s time you learned the truth: Buffalo wings don’t need to be fried to be finger-lickin’ good. Alton Brown’s Food Network recipe steams and bakes the chicken to avoid extra fat. Don’t forget the celery and low-fat Blue cheese dressing! Click here for the recipe.


Quinoa tabbouleh
If you haven’t jumped on the quinoa bandwagon yet, it’s about time you did. Quinoa contains more protein and fewer carbs than wheat, rye, rice and oats, and it’s packed with fiber. We’re not even going to list the vitamins and minerals in parsley because they would take up a full paragraph’s worth of space. If you’re looking for a nutritious party snack, add this tabbouleh to your menu. Just try to keep the olive oil to a minimum. Click here for the recipe.

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