13 Healthier Super Bowl Recipes You've Never Tried Before

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By Sophia Breene

The Super Bowl is one of the biggest sports events of the year. Even people who can't tell a running back from a piggyback are heading to parties to watch the game, hang out with friends and, most importantly, chow down on Super Bowl fare. Unfortunately for healthy diets, most football snacks are deep-fried, cheese-coated or both. This year, bring one of these healthy recipes from across the Web to the party -- they're delicious, easy and much lighter than traditional versions of game-day food. Whether you're rooting for the Seahawks, the Broncos or Bruno Mars, fill your plate with these delicious, healthier snacks for a fun and festive Super Bowl night.

  • Green Beans In A Blanket via Chef Mom
    Claire Gallam / Chef Mom
    These pigs in a blanket gone green are bound to be a crowd favorite, even among die-hard carnivores. Wrap green beans and a bit of shredded, low-fat cheese in pre-made biscuit dough and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Pomegranate Guacamole via Just a Taste
    Kelly Senyei / Just a Taste
    This year, mix things up by adding heart-healthy pomegranate seeds to your classic guacamole recipe. The sweet-tart seeds will balance out the red onion, cilantro, lime juice and creamy avocado.
  • Baked Honey Garlic Chicken Wings via Salu Salo
    Liza / Salu Salo
    It isn't a football party without BBQ wings. These sweet, garlicky chicken wings are baked, not fried. For fewer calories, take off the skin or start with skinless wings.
  • Chipotle Roasted Chickpeas via Half Baked Harvest
    Tieghan Gerard / Half Baked Harvest
    Satisfy cravings for crunch without attacking the potato chip bag! These roasted beans get tons of flavor from cumin, chili powder, garlic, adobo sauce and other spices, instead of salt. Plus, a cup of chickpeas has 15 grams of protein, so you're not filling up on empty carbs.
  • Vegan Nachos via Healthy Happy Life
    Kathy / Healthy Happy Life
    Nachos aren't exactly a health food, but this vegan version is a bit lighter than the mounds of cheese and ground meat found at most restaurants. Feel free to add extra roasted vegetables and trim down the (non-dairy) sour cream and cheese.
  • Mini Cauliflower Pizza Bites via Dashing Dish
    Katie Farrell / Dashing Dish
    These mini muffins have a cauliflower base, so they're perfect for gluten-free guests or anyone avoiding carbs. The recipe calls for turkey pepperoni slices, but switch in some roasted peppers, onions or mushrooms for an extra dose of vegetables.
  • Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries via The Moveable Feasts
    Amy / The Moveable Feasts
    Eat crispy fries without actually frying them. These sweet potato snacks get their crunch from a bit of olive oil and a cornmeal coating. Serve with the Tahini-Honey dipping sauce (Spoiler alert: Adding lemon juice gives the dip a serious flavor punch) for a surefire crowd-pleasing appetizer.
  • Banana, Almond And Chocolate Ice Cream via Girl Cooks World
    Cate / Girl Cooks World
    No party is complete without something sweet at the end. This "ice cream" is actually made of frozen bananas! Blend frozen banana chunks, almond butter and chocolate chips together and serve with extra chopped almonds and chocolate on top. For a harder ice cream consistency, stick the mixture back in the freezer for an hour or two before serving.
  • Baked Mozzarella Sticks via Prevention RD
    Nicole / Prevention RD
    These healthy mozz sticks are a long way from the greasy diner staple. Instead of breading and deep-frying chunks of cheese, wrap low-fat mozzarella in wonton wrappers and bake them until golden brown. Serve with tomato sauce for some bonus nutrients.
  • "Nutella" Chip Oatmeal Cookies via Desserts with Benefits
    Jessica / Desserts with Benefits
    These cookies call for homemade Nutella chocolate chips, but regular old chocolate will do the trick if you don't feel like spending all day in the kitchen. Flaxseed, coconut oil, almond milk and brown rice flour mean these decadent cookies are pretty healthy, as well as dairy- and gluten-free.
  • Feta Stuffed Mushrooms via Recipe Girl
    Lori Lange / Recipe Girl
    These fancy-looking snacks are much easier to make than they appear. Use low-fat feta cheese to get maximum flavor and just a few calories. Goat cheese would work great with these, too.
  • Four Bean Vegetarian Chili via Crackers on the Couch
    Brooke / Crackers on the Couch
    Most Super Bowl parties are all about the snacks and appetizers, but this main dish strikes the perfect balance between hearty and healthy. The four types of beans keep guests full, but it's a bit lighter than a meat stew. Top each bowl with avocado, cornbread, cheese or whole-wheat crackers.
  • Quinoa Cornbread via The Daring Gourmet
    Kimberly Killebrew / The Daring Gourmet
    Need a cornbread recipe to go along with that healthy chili? Look no further -- this gluten-free version is made with cornmeal, quinoa, milk, eggs and less than a cup of sugar for the entire batch.

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