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
B’s Homemade Guacamole (my recipe)
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)
Easy, Filling Finger Foods
Easy Japapeno Poppers (4 Ingredients) (my recipe)
Oven-Fried Chicken Wings (my recipe)
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…