10 Healthy Game Day Recipes to Add to Your Lineup

From Buffalo chicken dip to potato skins, these lightened-up versions taste just like the classics.

January 26, 2023

Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved


Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved


Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved

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A Winning Spread

There’s no denying that the game day snacks are the best part of watching football—but week after week of heavy, cheesy fare can leave you feeling like you'd rather be sidelined. That’s why we like to mix it up and add a few better-for-you options to our game day party spread. With just a few smart swaps, you can enjoy fan-favorites like Buffalo-sauced bites and Super Bowl-worthy dips (that taste every bit as good as the originals). These recipes are all-stars—and sure to carry your team to delicious victory.

Lightened-Up Slow-Cooker Chicken Buffalo Dip

This party dip usually comes with bragging rights for an indulgent amount of fat. Full of the same big flavors but with fewer calories and less fat, this slow-cooker version is the perfect solution.

Get the Recipe: Lightened-Up Slow-Cooker Chicken Buffalo Dip

Low-Carb Pizza

Perfect for keto followers, cheese lovers and gluten-free folks too, this pizza dough is made mostly from cheese. Now no one has to miss out on pizza!

Get the Recipe: Keto Pizza

Sweet Potato Skins

You'll love the combo of sweet potato and spicy salsa verde in this healthy version of an appetizer classic. Mash up the leftover scooped-out sweet potatoes and add them to a cheese quesadilla or regular twice-baked potatoes for a marbled effect.  

Get the Recipe: Sweet Potato Skins

Baked Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese-Yogurt Dip

Use nonfat Greek yogurt as the base to create a lighter dip for these tangy Buffalo wings.

Get the Recipe: Baked Buffalo Wings With Blue Cheese-Yogurt Dip

Cheddar Taco Crisps

Keto-friendly and super easy to make, these crispy cheese snacks are as satisfying as potato chips but without the carbs.

Get the Recipe: Keto Cheddar Taco Crisps

Lightened-Up Asian Turkey Sliders

Loaded with protein and veggies, these Southeast Asian-inspired sliders are perfect for a hungry crowd. Let your guests choose their toppings (but suggest a squeeze of lime juice).

Get the Recipe: Hoisin-Glazed Turkey Slider Lettuce Cups

Hot Artichoke-Spinach Dip

This lighter version of artichoke and spinach dip uses low-fat mozzarella cheese and Neufchatel cream cheese.

Get the Recipe: Hot Artichoke-Spinach Dip

Vegetarian Beans in Blankets

Cocktail wieners can sit this one out: This is a new version of pigs in a blanket, and it's whole-wheat and vegetarian. Don't skimp on the creamy mustard sauce, as it's the perfect teammate for the winning combination of green beans, dill Havarti and caraway seeds.  

Get the Recipe: Green Beans in a Blanket

Honey-Glazed Chicken Wings with Snow Peas

For a crowd-pleasing snack, coat chicken wings in a tried-and-true combination of honey and soy sauce. Chances are, they'll be gone long before the game is over.

Get the Recipe: Honey-Glazed Chicken Wings With Snow Peas

Pizza Pockets

Giada's hand-held snacks are like mini calzones, each one stuffed with arugula, cheese and zesty Italian sausage. Using store-bought pizza crust will save a significant amount of time.

Get the Recipe: Pizza Pockets

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