Top 10 Healthy Super Bowl Foods – Recipes

Who doesn’t love a good Super Bowl party with lots of yummy food? The Super Bowl isn’t about just the game itself. It is also about the people you are with, the delicious food you consume, and who could forget the commercials?

Super Bowl 2014Along with the fun of the party comes lots thousands of calories.  According to an article in the USA Today, Super Bowl parties are second to Thanksgiving when it comes to the number of calories consumed.  If we are not careful, we could eat our daily intake of calories, doubled, during one super bowl game.

DO NOT FEAR!!!!

I have compiled an UPDATED list of my ten favorite Super Bowl foods and have found recipes to combat those fatty alternatives.  A few of these will certainly make it to my super bowl gathering this year.  So, here you go, my top 10 healthy Super Bowl recipes.

Buffalo Wings – When I think of a Super Bowl party, I think of buffalo wings.  Hot, spicy wings full of flavor.  The average buffalo wing will cost you 3 Weight Watchers points plus per wing.  If I eat 9 wings, WITHOUT blue cheese dressing, I have eaten my ENTIRE days worth of points plus in one sitting.  And…we all know I can throw back 9 wings without thinking!

Healthier Buffalo “Wings”

2013 – I introduced you to these Buffalo Chicken Bites that are only 1 Weight Watcher Points Plus each so you could indulge without all the guilt!

Buffalo Chicken Bites

This year, I want you to try these Baked Buffalo Wings from Slender Kitchen:

Baked Buffalo Wings

With this recipe, you get 3 wings for 5 points plus.  That sure beats the 3 pp per wing with the traditional recipe!

Queso Dip/Seven Layer Dip – Cheese, Sausage, and Rotel…that’s a winning combination in my book!  Serve it up with some Tostitos and I am in cheese dip heaven.  Of course, I am also in calorie heaven!  1/4 of a cup of homemade chile con queso is 6 points plus!

Healthier Queso Dip

2013 – This Chile Con Queso was at our Super Bowl parties for only 2 points plus per 1/4 cup serving.

This year, I want you to try SkinnyTaste’s Skinny Queso Dip:

Skinny Queso Dip

Look at all that cheesy goodness for only 3 Weight Watchers points plus for 1/4 cup!  This is a must try this year!

Healthier Seven Layer Dip – Try this 7 layer dip from LaaLoosh:

7 Layer Mexican Bean Dip

For only 3 WW points plus per 1/2 cup!  You can have your dip and eat it too!

Guacamole – If you have Tostitos sitting around, why not have some homemade guacamole?  Full of avocado, onion, lime juice and cilantro, it is a “healthy” fat, right?!?  A 1/4 cup serving of store bought Guacamole will cost you 3 points plus!

Healthier Guacamole

2013 – For a better alternative, I had you try Chocolate Covered Katie’s Avocado-Free Guacamole.

Avocado Free Guacamole Recipe

This guacamole alternative is made with asparagus so it was a shocking…NO POINTS PLUS!!!!  In moderation, of course!

This year, if you want the good fat of the real thing…Avocados, I want you to try Dashing Dish’s Skinny Guacamole:

Skinny Guacamole

At only 1 Weight Watchers points plus per two tablespoons, you will get a slight savings on the points but you will still get all the flavor of the real thing!

Buffalo Chicken Dip – Chicken, cheese, and hot sauce…sounds like a buffalo wing on steroids.  I first had this dip at my friend Allison’s house and it was so yummy!  I knew it wasn’t healthy but it was so good I couldn’t stop eating it!  The average buffalo chicken dip will cost you a whopping 4 points plus for 1/4 cup serving.  That is without any tortilla chips for dipping!

Healthier Buffalo “Chicken” Dip

2013 – Gina at Skinny Taste uses Shrimp instead of the traditional Chicken in her Hot and Spicy Buffalo Shrimp Dip for 3 points plus per serving.

Hot and Spicy Buffalo Shrimp Dip

This year, why don’t you check out this lightened up version of the traditional at Gimme Some Oven:

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip

She swapped out the traditional ingredients with lighter ones to make this a healthy alternative for this year’s party!

Nachos – A big plate of nachos…full of crispy chips, cheese, meat, olives hold the olives for me, sour cream and guacamole.  A big plate of nachos such as this one will cost you…hold onto your seat for this one…16 points plus per serving!  Yep!

Healthier Nachos

2013 – Slender Kitchen created some Irish Nachos that look heavenly for only 4 points plus per serving!

Slender Kitchen's Irish Nachos

This year, try something with some crunch and some crab, Gina’s Crab and Avocado Phyllo Bites:

Crab Phyllo Bites

You get one bite for 1 point plus!  Yumm-o!

Now, how about we combine Nachos, Wings, and Pizza?!?  Sound like a plan?  Then check this out:

Pizza Dip

Katie at Dashing Dish has successfully combined all three into this yummy Skinny Layered Pizza Dip!  Each 1/4 cup has 2 Weight Watchers points plus. Can you say, “Yummo?”

Moving on to down the list…

Chili – When you walk into a Super Bowl party, it is always nice to smell chili cooking.  Many people have it in the slow cooker all day so the house smells like chili for the party!  Chili is a must for if you are hosting a super bowl party!  A cup of traditional chili with beans will cost you 7 points plus per cup!  That is without toppings like cheese and sour cream!

Healthier Chili – This Super Bowl, make this Turkey Chili in the crock pot and have it simmer all day.

Crock Pot Three Bean Turkey Chili Recipe

Your guests will LOVE it and you won’t have to spend your time in the kitchen while everyone is there.  Each serving has 5 points plus so it is perfect to help you stay on track!

Chocolate Desserts – You have to have dessert at a Super Bowl party.  How about some chewy chocolate brownies, with or without nuts, doesn’t matter.  The yummy chocolatey goodness from a traditional brownie is 9 points plus!  Even a low-fat brownie is still 4 points plus!  When I looked this one up using my Weight Watchers app, I thought it couldn’t be right!  I double checked- 9 points plus for ONE brownie.  It is true people, I’m telling you!  I needed to find a healthier alternative F-A-S-T!

Healthier Chocolate Desserts –

2013 – Chocolate Covered Katie came up with what might possibly be the best combo ever…brownie in a dip form with her Brownie Batter Dip:

Brownie Batter Dip

This year, I want you to try an alternative to another favorite chocolate dessert, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup:

Peanut Butter Cups

Katie is a genius with the creation of her Skinny Peanut Butter Cups.  Don’t these look yummy!  At only 1 Weight Watchers points plus per cup, you can have your chocolate and not feel guilty!

Cocktails – It’s Cocktail Time!  What would a Super Bowl party be without adult beverages?!?  Beer is the beverage of choice for many men (Try to stick to lite beers!) but for the ladies, we always prefer a cocktail!  A traditional cocktail will cost you anywhere from 4 points plus per cocktail all the way to 10 points plus – for ONE drink!  And who is going to have just one?

Skinny Cocktail

Healthier Cocktails – Carrots and Cake has come up with a list of 7 Low-Calorie Cocktail recipes for healthy cocktails.  She has a recipe for a Pina Colada, Sangria, John Daly, Cotton Candy (yum!), Creamsicle, Pomtini, and a Skinny Margarita.  You have to check these out if you are a cocktail drinker!

There you have it.  My top 10 healthy Super Bowl recipes updated for 2014!  I have gone from appetizers to dips to main entrees to desserts to cocktails.  I have covered it all.  There is no excuse for NOT trying to lighten up the traditional favorites this year at your Super Bowl party.  If you are going to another location for a party, offer to bring something.  That way at least you will know that ONE thing at the party is healthy!

Are you going to a Super Bowl party this year?  What is your Super Bowl must have when it comes to munchies?

About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.