Playoff Recipes – Healthy Alternatives

It’s playoff time! While this is one of the most exciting times of year (especially for us Broncos fans this year!), it’s also a time of post-holiday overindulgence.

To keep on track with those New Year’s resolutions, try these recipes for delicious but not overly-indulgent snacking options.

Click on the title of each dish to see the recipe.

Lemondrop Chicken Wings

Named for the tasty cocktail – and using many of the same ingredients, including the indulgence of vodka – try these baked wings as a surprisingly good alternative to their deep fried cousin.

Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip

A perennial favorite typically chock-full of cheese and cream, try this lower fat version that packs in all the taste. If fat-free cream cheese really isn’t your favorite, at least go for the low-fat version! And don’t tell anyone that the secret ingredient is in the legume family – they’ll never know!

Serve with whole wheat pita, whole grain crackers, or whole grain chips.

For other healthy dip alternatives, try:

Pico de gallo

Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Corn and Avocado Salsa

Roasted Garlic and White Bean Hummus

Smoky and Spicy Black Bean Dip


Zucchini Oven Chips 

These are breaded and toasted, giving them a crispy fried texture, but they’re actually baked. Easy and delicious, so if a crispy snack is a requirement for football, give these a try.

Mini Turkey Burgers

Sliders are a must! Instead of the often-greasy beef varieties, try these for a seriously tasty alternative that won’t hurt your diet. Suggested with gorgonzola, but use a small amount of your favorite cheese, if you prefer.

Twice-baked Sweet Potatoes

While this recipe calls for the full indulgence of bacon and sour cream, if you halve the amount of bacon and use low-fat sour cream, you’ll keep all the taste of these creamy and easy-to-eat game staples, plus the added benefits of sweet potato!

Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips

These bring a sweet crunch and are super-snackable without being calorie laden. They’re simple to make and a crowd-pleasing balance to the salty snacks.


Don’t forget the staples of snackable veggies like baby carrots, sugar snap peas, broccoli florets, and sliced peppers. They’re especially good with the dips!

What is your favorite game day dish? Tell us in the comments!

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