Game Day Real Foods for the Win

I may have said this before: I’m a fair-weather football fan. Meaning, I’m only in it for the super bowl, and more honestly, the game day foods. (Well, also the commercials and, this year, the half-time show…love Maroon 5.) You say “football” and I think “yummy dips, finger foods, and chilis”. After all, in my case, it’s only once a year that I’m watching!

But sometimes “game day foods” means “unhealthy storebought, processed and refined foods”–which is a compounded problem if you watch football every week.

So, score bonus points for good health with a real-food plan for your football party! To that end (zone), I’m sharing a variety of game day, real food recipes developed by fellow dietitians.

As you know, nutrition is very individual. So, there’s something here for everyone:

  • traditional to trendy choices,
  • many lower carb options,
  • some dairy free and/or vegan recipes (if that’s your preference).

Fortunately, I don’t have allergies or dietary restrictions, but I do believe everyone should be eating more real foods and fewer processed foods.

So all the recipes included here are:

  • minimally processed,
  • free of refined grains and sugars, and
  • gluten free.

Dips and Spreads

Spinach and Artichoke Dip (Dairy Free) from

Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus from

Pizza Dip (Vegan Optional) from

Japapeno Lime Almond Dip from

5-Minute Vegan Cheese Sauce (Dairy Free, Nut Free) from

B’s Homemade Guacamole (my recipe)

Easy Pico de Gallo from

Patriotic 7-Layer Dip Flag (my recipe)  Note: you could make the shape of a football on top with tomatoes and cheese, using the olives as the laces.

Freezer Friendly Classic Buffalo Chicken Dip (my recipe)

3-Ingredient Crackers (Vegan) from (No, not a dip but you need something to scoop up all these wonderful dips!)

Easy, Filling Finger Foods

Pimiento Cheese Pepper Poppers from

Easy Japapeno Poppers (4 Ingredients) (my recipe)

Grilled Chicken Satay with Thai Style Peanut Sauce from

Potato Satay with Almond Lime Sauce (Vegan) from

Oven-Fried Chicken Taquitos from

Harissa Cauliflower Wings (Vegan) from Note: these have a little flour in them so aren’t gluten free as written, but you could probably substitute a gluten-free all-purpose flour.

Oven-Fried Chicken Wings (my recipe)

Broccoli Hummus Snack Bites from

Avocado Deviled Eggs with Smoked Paprika from


And if you really want EASY + YUMMY + FILLING FOR A CROWD, just whip up a batch of B’s “Gonna Get Through This” Chili. I promise it’s in a category all of its own, no matter what spice level you choose!

And as for the game, may the best team win! Whatever that means to you…

4 thoughts on “Game Day Real Foods for the Win

  1. Melissa Ford January 26, 2019 / 6:44 pm

    These look so yummy! I can’t wait to try some of them! Thanks so much for sharing these great alternatives for game day!

    • thewanderingrd January 27, 2019 / 8:19 am

      You’re welcome! Thank you for your sweet comments! Let me know what you think if you try them!

  2. Susan Murphy February 3, 2019 / 3:11 pm

    Just made the spinach artichoke dip. So good! Thanks for all the great recipes! ❤️

    • thewanderingrd February 6, 2019 / 8:40 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! I love rounding up recipes to make life easier and more delicious for you. 🙂

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