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From Paleo Chili to Vegan Ranch: 6 Ways to Eat Healthier on Game Day

Last Update: September 28, 2022

If you aren’t watching the game with appetizers in hand (and washing it all down with a cold brewski), you aren’t doing it right.

But the spread doesn’t have to be all greasy pizza and microwaveable taquitos.

We put together six healthier twists on gameday favorites—none of them require more than a few minutes of active cooking time, and they’re all guaranteed to please a crowd. The only downside? Your guests might be so busy stuffing themselves that they’ll miss a crucial play.

Gluten-Free Fried Chicken

Coconut Flour–Fried Chicken Wings

Adding spices like paprika, cayenne pepper, and oregano to the gluten-free batter brings big flavor to these wings—a traditional gameday app served alongside celery and carrot sticks.

Cauliflower Buffalo "Wings"

Cauliflower Buffalo “Wings”

Cooking for vegetarians, want something lighter, or more into buffalo sauce? Try these battered, baked cauliflower “wings.”

Vegan Ranch Dressing

Vegan Ranch Dressing

Dunk wings or crudites in this dairy-free version of the classic dressing, an ideal cool counterpoint to all that hot sauce!

Rosemary Popcorn Party Mix

Rosemary Popcorn Mix

We’ve healthified traditional bagged party mix with toasted cashews, fresh rosemary, and a touch of melted butter for a downright irresistible snack.

Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet Potato Chips

With baked chips made from vitamin-packed sweet potatoes, there’s no need to feel guilty about eating more than your fair share. Cumin and paprika bring some welcome spice.

Paleo Chili

Extra-Meaty Paleo Chili

A traditional Tex-Mex “chili con carne” doesn’t include any beans—just plenty of meat and hot peppers. It’s great on its own and even better served over sausages (homemade chili dogs!) or sweet potato chips (better-for-you nachos!).

Photo credit: Paul Delmont

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