10 Healthy Snacks to Eat While The Ravens are Winning The Super Bowl!

The Ravens are in the Super Bowl. Let me just say it again: THE RAVENS ARE IN THE SUPER BOWL! What a reason to celebrate! The one downside: along with celebration often comes a metric ton of junk food. I know all the traditional football foods (pizza, nachos, wings) are tempting, but if you’d rather not add a zillion calories to the score on Sunday night, here are some healthier options. These recipes aren’t your basic veggies and dip, either; the party snacks here are as tasty as they are good for you.

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1. Kale Chips: Kale chips are salty and crunchy but they’re not nearly as unhealthy as corn or potato chips. http://www.katheats.com/favorite-foods/kale-chips


2. Roasted Garbanzo Beans: I eat these roasted beans like candy when I want a salty treat. They’re easy to make, easy to eat, and will provide a bit of protein, too. http://steamykitchen.com/10725-crispy-roasted-chickpeas-garbanzo-beans.html


3. Oven Fried Zucchini: These oven-baked sticks are a great alternative to mozzarella sticks or french fries. http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/oven_fried_zucchini.html


4. Cookie Dough Dip: Just read the recipe. You’ll be shocked at the ingredient that makes this dip look and taste exactly like cookie dough. I’ve made this dip for several parties and people think it’s amazing every single time. Serve with graham crackers and sliced apples or pears. http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/05/23/want-to-eat-an-entire-bowl-of-cookie-dough/


5. Vegan Chili: If you’d like to serve up some warm, spicy chili while you watch the game, opt for this healthy, vegan version. http://ohsheglows.com/2010/05/09/delicious-vegan-chili/


6. Healthy Bean Dip: This recipe is actually my own, created especially for a Ravens-Cowboys game in 2011. It’s delicious. I promise. http://plumsintheicebox.typepad.com/plums-in-the-icebox/2012/01/healthy-bean-dip-for-watching-football.html


7. Mini Eggplant Pizzas: Pizza! Except rather than using dough, this recipe utilizes eggplant slices as a vehicle for the saucy, cheesy goodness. http://detoxinista.com/2011/12/mini-eggplant-pizzas/


8. Sweet Potato Skins: Due to their color, sweet potatoes are said to have more antioxidants than the regular old white potatoes. This recipe provides a healthful update to the bacon-and-cheese encrusted potato skins of yore. http://pinchofyum.com/healthy-sweet-potato-skins


9. Skinny Hot Spinach Dip: Spinach dip is everyone’s favorite appetizer. But this recipe makes it just a little bit less guilt-inducing. http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/2012/10/skinny-hot-spinach-dip.html


10. Vegan Buffalo Wings: This vegan alternative to traditional buffalo wings looks so good, you might not miss the meat. http://vegetarian.about.com/od/maindishentreerecipes/r/seitanwings.htm


Carrie Murphy is a poet, birth doula and freelance writer/blogger. She’s most often found writing for the women’s health and wellness site Blisstree or over on her food blog, Plums in the Icebox.


  • Jeanette Chen

    Great roundup of healthy Superbowl snacks – thanks so much for including my Skinny Spinach Dip – it’s a family favorite!