Healthier Game Day Recipes


I’m not going to lie; I go to Super Bowl parties for the food and the company, not the big game. A cozy afternoon grazing with friends and family is right up my alley. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I don’t know who’s playing this year–Patriots vs. somebody? I do know about #deflategate, though! I’m on Twitter, so I can’t escape that. Of course, I could find out instantly who the Patriots are going up against with a quick google search, but I’m more interested in searching for the perfectly delicious yet healthy(ish) recipe to bring to Sunday’s party. I will save you some time on the wonderful black hole that is Pinterest. Here are my finalists for Sunday’s dish to pass, and there are even more pinned over on LLC’s Pinterest page (do you follow us yet?).

Healthier Game Day Recipes

Veggie platter with Buffalo HummusHomemade Ranch Dip, pita chips, and blue cheese crumbles.

If you plate this one up right, it is a beautiful crowd-pleaser. I throw this together for most parties. To be honest, I usually mix Frank’s Original Hot Sauce with roasted garlic hummus (mix to taste) rather than make it from scratch. Red and yellow bell peppers, carrots, celery, cucumbers, and grape tomatoes all go well with both dips. Buffalo wings served up with ranch, celery, and blue cheese are standard game-day fare, but this dish is a much healthier alternative while still offering the same flavors.

healthier game day recipes, homemade ranch dip

Our very own Heather has shared her Homemade Ranch Dip recipe. The store-bought ranch is FULL of nasty stuff. This simple recipe tastes better than the brand name kind and is free of scary ingredients.

It wouldn’t be a Super Bowl party without some kind of taco or chili dip. It seems like everyone has their own must-have recipe for this, but why not try a new, healthier one?

Emily at Emily Bites has a lightened-up version of the classic Hormel chili dip. Making a few simple ingredient swaps, the flavors in this Hot Cheesy Bean Dip are pretty true to the delicious, artery-clogging original.

Is it really a party without taco dip? Shugary Sweets has a great lightened up version (step 1: ditch the refried beans!) I think I’d have to add some guacamole to it, though.

Shugary Sweets’ Healthy Taco Dip (image property of

 What are some of your favorite game day recipes? Any healthy swaps that you’ll be making this year?

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Stay-at-home mom who works! On again/off again work in family real estate business, babysitter, dog rescue and historical society volunteer all while chasing my new-found dream to be a writer.I live in Antioch with my husband, Jake, and kids, Cecilia (5) and Mark (3), and our dog Isabella. I'm an aspiring vegan (I cheat a lot), Jazzercise addict and runner. As a family, we love to travel and spend time outdoors. I love to go antique shopping and garage sale-ing, cook, and read in my (rare) free time.

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