40 Surprisingly Healthy Super Bowl Recipes That Are Irresistibly Delicious

Power through the big game with chili, pizza and burgers — and plenty of party snacks, too!

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Mike Garten

Truth: The Super Bowl is baaasically synonymous with fried, cheesy and salty food. While we have nothing against those classic comfort foods, there's nothing wrong with sneaking in a few vegetables and delicious, fresh ingredients into an otherwise indulgent spread. It's all about balance! Try swapping in homemade ingredients for store-bought, preservative-filled snacks or turn to healthier alternatives of your favorite football nosh. Get the same delicious satisfaction with a few extra nutrients thrown in. Doesn't sound so bad, does it?

One way to easily lighten any Super Bowl snack is to focus on how you're preparing your meal. Could you fire up the oven rather than deep fry? Or possibly use your air fryer instead? Even heading outside to fire up the grill could help you create a tasting menu of healthy appetizers — from salsa to kebabs — that won't leave you feeling greasy long after halftime is over.

Bonus: Whipping up well-balanced snacks for the whole family doesn't require too much time or effort. Our best healthy Super Bowl recipe ideas can be made in as little as 10 minutes; others, like our crispy zucchini tots, can be prepped days before the game is on. Whether you're looking for feel-good dips, hearty chilis, bite-sized treats or sharable entrées, these better-for-you recipes will surely please any diehard football fans this season. Round out your Game Day feast with these vegetarian, heart-healthy and even vegan Super Bowl recipes.

margherita muffin
Faith Mason
1 of 40
Margherita Muffin

Broil English muffins with cheese and fresh tomatoes for a healthier alternative to your favorite slice.

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a plate of shrimp, lettuce, cucumbers, and radishes on a plate
Mike Garten
2 of 40
Spicy Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Gochujang, a Korean red pepper paste, brings the heat in these spicy, colorful wraps.

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mike garten
3 of 40
Zesty Beet Dip

Someone call Dwight Shrute, because this pretty purple greek yogurt dip might be the best way to eat your beets.

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gingery cucumber endive boats
Mike Garten
4 of 40
Gingery Cucumber Endive Boats

This light pick is all about the veggies:

In a bowl, whisk together 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice and 1/4 tsp honey to dissolve. Stir in 1 tsp grated fresh ginger and 1 tsp olive oil, then toss with 1 small Persian cucumber (cut into 1/4-inch pieces), 1 small red chili (finely chopped) and 1 small ripe mango (cut into 1/4-inch pieces). To serve, spoon into endive leaves and top with black sesame seeds, if desired.

ultimate stacked sandwiches cali club cuban reuben blt wedge
Mike Garten
5 of 40
Ultimate Stacked Sandwiches

Stuffed with protein and veggies with the option to serve on whole-wheat bread, sandwiches make a nutritious choice for the Super Bowl. Try the Cali Club made with whole-grain bread, avocado, grilled chicken cutlets, arugula and green goddess dressing.

RELATED: 20 Healthy Sandwiches to Pack for Lunch

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Mike Garten
6 of 40
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Why buy a bland dip from the store when this spicy, zesty dip is ready in just 15 minutes? And since you're the one making it, you can control how much sodium ends up hidden away.

Get the recipe for Roasted Red Pepper Hummus »

fish tacos with pico de gallo
Danielle Daly
7 of 40
Fish Tacos with Pico de Gallo

Flaky white fish and crunchy green cabbage stuffed into corn tortillas makes for a healthy and filling main.

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Mike Garten
8 of 40
Grilled Chicken Wings

Because you're ditching a deep fryer, you'll be able to enjoy more of these saucy wings! The bourbon glaze feels like an inspired new way for buffalo-lovers to enjoy a spicy, zesty sauce.

Get the recipe for Grilled Chicken Wings »

raita
Mike Garten
9 of 40
Raita

Instead of mayo and sour cream dips, turn to this yogurt-based option, full of spices and fresh herbs.

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RELATED: 80 Best Party Dip Recipes to Feed a Crowd

shrimp ceviche
Mike Garten
10 of 40
Shrimp Ceviche

Serve this zesty app of shrimp, fresh citrus, jalapeño and herbs with plantain chips — lots of 'em!

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Mike Garten
11 of 40
Citrusy Shrimp-Stuffed Avocados

Once you remove the pit from a halved avocado, you're left with a space that's the perfect size to house zesty shrimp and Asian-fusion dressing.

Get the recipe for Citrusy Shrimp-Stuffed Avocados »

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DANIELLE OCCHIOGROSSO
12 of 40
Savory Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Cut out the carbs by replacing wheat wraps with lettuce! The cool crunch of the lettuce perfectly offsets the spicy Thai flavors.

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healthy super bowl recipes
MIKE GARTEN
13 of 40
Grilled Asparagus and Shiitake Tacos

You won't be missing ground beef in these light and tasty veggie-based tacos. With savory mushrooms and tangy asparagus, these tacos might just become your new go-to Mexican grub.

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MIKE GARTEN
14 of 40
Butternut Squash and Feta Tartlets

With crumbled feta and sweet butternut squash, you won't be able to put down these delicious bite-sized tarts.

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healthy super bowl
Mike Garten
15 of 40
Mushroom Quinoa Burger

These portobello mushroom-based burgers prove that veggie burgers can be just as hearty and satisfying as their meat-based cousins.

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MIKE GARTEN
16 of 40
Shrimp Curry Potstickers

The perfect snack for a large group, you can easily sneak some healthy zucchini in these tasty, bite-sized dumplings.

Get the recipe at Shrimp Curry Potstickers »

vegetarian recipes   roasted cauliflower pizza
17 of 40
Roasted Cauliflower Pizza

Before you roll your eyes, this isn't made with a faux cauli-crust — we simply lightened a classic pie with piles of crunchy veggies and a light coating of gruyere cheese.

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cowboy caviar
Mike Garten
18 of 40
Cowboy Caviar

Fresh avocado, corn, peas — what's not to love? This healthy dip is the easiest way to ensure your first round of apps won't derail any mains that are coming down the line.

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charred salsa
Mike Garten
19 of 40
Charred Salsa

Store-bought salsa can pack on the extra sodium and sugar, however, this super-simple roasted salsa is a smoky blend that you can feel great about. Serve with better-for-you corn chips or veggie sticks.

Get the recipe for Charred Salsa »

grilled chicken topped with pesto
Mike Garten
20 of 40
BBQ Herbed Drumsticks

Swap secretly sugary sauce-smothered chicken wings for these pesto-covered drumsticks. No blue cheese necessary — just homemade pesto.

Get the recipe for BBQ Herbed Drumsticks »

blt bites
Mike Garten
21 of 40
BLT Bites

Hello, low-carb heaven! If you're trying your best to ditch bread or chips (keto diet, perhaps?), these 4-ingredient elegant hors d'oeuvres are a welcome addition to any spread.

Get the recipe for BLT Bites »

RELATED: 25+ Keto-Approved Appetizers Perfect for Any Super Bowl Party

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DANIELLE DALY
22 of 40
Salmon Burgers with Spiced Sweet Potato Fries

If you're planning on serving more than just snacks for the big game, our healthier take on burger night clocks in at just 675 calories — fries included!

Get the recipe for Salmon Burgers with Spiced Sweet Potato Fries »

game day foods   avocado dip
Mike Garten
23 of 40
Avocado Dip

Swap out the guac for this special green dip infused with peppers and tons of lime juice.

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best keto thanksgiving recipes   cheese ball
Mike Garten
24 of 40
Trio of Cheese Balls

Don't have time for a full cheese plate? Cream cheese can be fashioned into a unique flavor with the right seasonings.

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Mike Garten
25 of 40
Provolone Veggie Party Subs

A 6-inch slice of this veggie-packed sub won't ruin your New Year's resolution to eat healthier — it's only about 300 calories and you'll get 5 grams of filling fiber.

Get the recipe for Provolone Veggie Party Subs »

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Mike Garten
26 of 40
Rainbow Rolls

Get a bite of your favorite veggies all in one go! These insanely colorful treats are a great way to keep a Super Bowl menu light without the need for a fork and knife.

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spring crudites   easter appetizers
Mike Garten
27 of 40
Fresh Crudités with Herbed Cheese Dip

You'll earn points for gorgeous presentation, but your guests will be asking for more fresh cucumber to nab the last bits of this flavor-packed cheese dip. It's ready in 10 minutes flat!

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Mike Garten
28 of 40
Roasted Tomato and Chive Pizza

Pizza doesn't have to be a slice of grease. Try baking it at home and topping your dough with an assortment of veggies for a healthier approach to delivery.

Get the recipe for Roasted Tomato and Chive Pizza »

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healthy super bowl recipes
Mike Garten
29 of 40
Herbed Ricotta and Fresh Tomato Tart

At only 300 calories per serving, a slice of this Mediterranean diet-inspired flatbread is refreshing for both your taste buds and your diet.

Get the recipe for Herbed Ricotta and Fresh Tomato Tart »

healthy super bowl recipes
Mike Garten
30 of 40
Smoky Guacamole

Stick avocados on the grill for a smoky, flavor-packed variation. Don't forget the chips!

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RELATED: 53 Ways to Use Avocado So That Your Next Meal Is Extra-Nutritious

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