Dessert

14 Healthy Game Day Eats You’ll Want to Eat All Football Season

These recipes are a guaranteed touchdown!

By: Lexy Parsons

Regardless of whether you’re a football fanatic or not, there’s one thing that’s bound to get you excited for the season: healthy game day foods and snacks! Let’s be honest, watching the game snack-less is just unheard of, and quite frankly, not snacking away feels like a disservice to the sport! I mean, beyond the game itself, Football Sundays are an excuse to gather around the TV with good company and good food. Tell us we’re wrong!?

With that said, the kickoff of the fall football season can also kickstart unhealthy habits —  especially as we make our way into the cooler months and begin to crave comfort foods. So, let’s swap those calorie-rich and sugar-laden game day snacks for football foods that are TB12-approved, shall we? Whether you’re team Tom Brady or not, his dedication toward health and fitness is admirable. And, according to the GOAT himself, his regimented diet full of anti-inflammatory foods and all things plants is majorly responsible for his success (we love to hear it!!).

With that in mind, let’s get snacking! From healthy apps to low-carb recipes, there’s no shortage of healthy football foods to go around. Whip up these tasty game day recipes all season for an automatic WIN.

Healthy Appetizers 

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings 

These plant-based wings will save you major calories, plus you’ll avoid excess sugar and fat! Don’t worry, they’re just as flavorful (and addictive). In fact, we’re willing to bet your fellow football-foodies won’t even know this healthy game day snack is made with cauliflower.  

Ingredients:

Batter:

  • 1 head of cauliflower cut into florets
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼  cup plant milk
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¾ cup oat flour (make your own by blending dry rolled oats into a fine powder)
  • Pinch of sea salt & pepper to taste

Buffalo Sauce: 

  • ¾ cup of your favorite hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

To serve: Serve with your favorite healthy Ranch Dip and veggie sticks for dipping! For a healthy option that tastes like the real deal, we love Primal Kitchen brand.

Directions

Step #1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step #2: Mix the water, plant milk, and spices to a large mixing bowl and whisk well to combine.

Step #3: Add the cauliflower florets to the bowl with the sauce and gently stir to coat the florets.

Step #4: Transfer the cauliflower to the parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Flip over and cook for another 10 minutes or until they start to get crispy.

Step #5: While the cauliflower is cooking, add your hot sauce of choice to a large mixing bowl with the honey, and melted coconut oil. Whisk well.

Step #6: Transfer the cooked cauliflower florets to the mixing bowl, and stir well to coat the florets with the hot sauce mixture.

Step #7: Add the cauliflower florets back to the baking sheet and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Step #8: Serve with a side of ranch (or your favorite dip of choice) and a side of veggie sticks!

Cashew & Sweet Potato Dip

This Cashew and Sweet Potato Dip is a FitOn favorite for good reason — it’s creamy, nutritious, and made with less than 10 ingredients! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup cashew
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1½ tsp chili flakes
  • ½ cup parsley or coriander leaves

Directions:

Step #1: Preheat your oven to 180°C or 350°F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Step #2: Arrange the sweet potato cubes on the prepared baking tray. Drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil and season generously with sea salt. Roast in the oven for 35 minutes.

Step #3: Remove from the oven and add the cashews to the tray. Return to the oven for 5 minutes, or until the sweet potato is cooked through and the cashews are golden.

Step #4: Add the roasted sweet potato and cashews to a food processor with the garlic cloves, lemon juice, tahini, chili flakes, and remaining olive oil. Season with sea salt and pepper. Blend to combine. Add in the parsley or coriander and pulse again.

Step #5: Enjoy with vegetable sticks or your favorite whole-grain crackers.

Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Nachos

Add this fan-favorite to your list of healthy game day eats. For a protein-rich option, serve it up with shredded chicken or an extra serving of beans!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, sliced lengthwise ¼ inch wide
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼  cup corn, frozen and thawed
  • ½  cup sugar-free salsa
  • 1 ripe avocado, chopped

To serve (optional)

  • Dairy-free mozzarella or cheddar cheese
  • Dairy-free sour cream
  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped

Directions:

Step #1: Preheat oven to 425 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step #2: Evenly spread sweet potato strips on the baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes until lightly brown.

Step #3: Remove from oven and top with black beans, corn, salsa, and toppings of choice.

Step #4: Bake for another 5-10 minutes.

Step #5: Remove from oven and add any remaining toppings. Serve and enjoy!

Plant-Based Game Day Snacks

Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:

  • 2  (medium to large) sweet potatoes, sliced lengthwise into ½ – 1-inch strips 
  • 2 tablespoons olive or avocado oil
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • Black pepper and pink sea salt to taste 

Directions:

Step #1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step #2: Slice sweet potatoes lengthwise into ½ – 1 inch, evenly-sized strips.

Step #3: Add sweet potato fries into a mixing bowl, along with the remaining ingredients. Toss until evenly coated. 

Step #4: Evenly arrange the sweet potatoes on the lined baking sheet without overcrowding. 

Step #5: Bake for about 35-45 minutes, or until golden brown and slightly crispy.

Step #6: Serve and enjoy!

Sweet & Savory Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin lovers, this one’s for you! Serve up this healthy game day snack while soaking in your favorite seasonal flavors. 

To make this protein-packed healthy game day snack, lightly coat 1-2 cups of raw pumpkin seeds (rinsed and patted dry) with cinnamon and a dash of salt. Spread evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 300 degrees F for 20-30 minutes, stirring them every 5-10 minutes or until golden brown!

DIY Trail Mix

A little sweet, a little savory, and a whole lot delicious! We guarantee you’ll love this DIY healthy trail mix. Best of all, this simple healthy snack can be easily customized for any diet or eating plan! Make an extra large batch and save half for your weekly meal prep!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds (or seeds of choice)
  • ¼ cup cacao nibs, dark chocolate chips, or chopped chocolate
  • ¼ cup coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup goji berries (optional) 
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

Directions: 

Step #1: Mix the above ingredients in a small bowl until well combined 

Step #2: Store in an airtight container until ready to eat!

Low-Carb Game Day Recipes 

Healthy Guacamole Dip 

Because no gathering is complete without a side (or two) of guac! This low-carb dip is full of healthy fats to keep you feeling full for longer while giving you a game day energy boost.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large ripe avocados, pitted and halved
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ½ cup tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ cup red onions, diced
  • ⅛ cup cilantro, diced (optional)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Pink sea salt and black pepper to taste 

Directions:

Step #1: Using a spoon, scoop the avocado flesh into a mixing bowl and mash with a fork or vegetable masher.

Step #2: Add the remaining ingredients, stirring the mixture until well combined.

Step #3: Serve and enjoy! Keeps in the fridge for 2-3 days, though best served fresh.

Turkey Avocado Roll Ups

Protein-packed, ready in minutes, and completely satisfying!! All you need is two ingredients (sliced turkey and avocado) for a healthy snack made in minutes! 

To make this protein-rich game day snack, mash ripe avocado in a bowl and add a tablespoon to the center of a turkey slice. Spread evenly, adding any additional toppings such as spinach, cottage cheese, or mustard. Roll the turkey into a rollup, and enjoy! It’s that simple 😉 If you prefer, you can also use a tortilla wrap of your choice. 

Cauliflower Pizza 

Every game day needs a pizza. With this FitOn PRO Cauliflower Pizza, satisfy your cravings in a healthy way! 

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1½ tbsp coconut flour
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 handful mozzarella, shredded (optional)
  • 1½ tbsp fresh rosemary

Toppings

  • 2 ½ tbsp ricotta
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, chopped 
  • ½ eggplant, sliced 
  • 2 ½ tbsp favorite pesto 

Directions:

Step #1: Preheat the oven to 180°C or 350°F. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.

Step #2: Place the cauliflower florets in a food processor, and blend until it forms a rice-like consistency. You can either steam the cauliflower first or use it raw; it works both ways. Alternatively, use store-bought cauliflower rice.

Step #3: Place the cauliflower in a clean tea towel and squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Don’t skip this step, as it’s the key to making a crispy pizza base.

Step #4: In a mixing bowl, place the cauliflower, whisked eggs, almond meal, coconut flour, cumin, olive oil, mozzarella (if using), rosemary plus salt, and pepper. Press the mixture firmly.

Step #5 Place the cauliflower mixture in the center of the tray. Place a sheet of baking paper on top and use your palms or a rolling pin to flatten it into a circle. Top the pizza with pesto, ricotta, eggplant, and baby tomatoes.

Step #6: Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the base is firm and slightly browned. You may also want to add more seasoning, plus some extra olive oil.

Step #7: Take the pizza out of the oven and allow it to cool for a few minutes before slicing.

Hearty Comfort Recipes

7-Ingredient Turkey Chili 

Nothing says comfort food like a cozy bowl of chili. Serve this up for a satisfying game day snack that you’ll feel good about eating! To make this plant-based, simply swap the turkey for extra beans and use a veggie-based broth!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 16 oz ground turkey
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning

Directions:

Step #1: Start by heating a large stockpot over medium heat with coconut oil. Add the ground turkey and brown for 5-7 minutes or until completely cooked. Mix in the taco seasoning and stir.

Step #2: Add the remaining ingredients minus the avocado and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.

Step #3: Split into four servings and enjoy with cubed avocado, and shredded cheese, and enjoy!

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

We’re giving potato skins an upgrade with this nourishing fall recipe. These stuffed sweet potatoes are protein-rich, full of good-for-you nutrients like avocado and beans, and simple to whip up even on the busiest of days. 

Find the full recipe with step-by-step instructions here!

Healthy Sweet Treats 

Almond Butter Stuffed Dates 

Think caramel, but healthy! To make this tasty treat, simply pit raw Medjool dates and slice lengthwise. Stuff them with almond butter (or nut butter of choice) and add your favorite toppings (such as nuts, seeds, or fruit!)

Healthy Chocolate Bark 

Who knew making chocolate could be this easy!? This simple treat can be customized for any flavor preferences, feel free to customize it to your liking!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds 
  • 2 tbsp coconut flakes, unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp freeze-dried berries, unsweetened
  • 2-3 tbsp chopped nuts of choice 

Directions:

Step #1: Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Lower the heat and whisk in the raw cacao powder and maple syrup.

Step #2: Line a small baking tray with parchment paper and pour the chocolate mixture onto the lined tray. Evenly spread the raw chocolate.

Step #3: Top with remaining ingredients.

Step #4: Cover and freeze until the chocolate is set (about one hour).

Step #5: Remove from the freezer and break into bite-sized bark.

Step #6: Store in an airtight container in the freezer until ready to serve!

Fall-Flavored Carrot Cake Energy Bites 

When healthy sweet treats taste like decadent fall-flavored dessert, what’s not to love?

These Carrot Cake Energy Balls taste like mini pie fillings, yet they’re made with nutritious ingredients like oats, almond butter, pecans, and flaxseeds! 

FitOn Time-Saving Tip: Save any leftovers (though highly unlikely) for tasty snacks throughout the week! 

A Tasty Reason To Celebrate Football Sundays

With this list of healthy game day eats, fuel your fall with the most delicious foods. No matter if you’re watching the game, we guarantee these recipes will have you savoring every football Sunday! Happy snacking 🙂