7 Low Carb And Healthy Game Day Snacks
Watching the Game Day snack nestled comfortably in your couch is definitely one of life’s small pleasures. And having something delicious to munch during the match only makes things better. If you’re a Super Bowl fan but are also worried about piling on those calories, we have listed some low-carb yet scrumptious treats for you to gorge on while watching your favorite teams tackle their way to glory.
7 Tasty And Healthy Game Day Snacks
1. Healthy Taco Salad
No one can say no to a salad that’s low on carbs, has zero gluten, and tastes absolutely amazing. Binge on this Mexican delight with no guilt whatsoever.
- 1 lb Ground beef
- 1 tsp Avocado oil (or any oil of choice)
- 1 tbsp Taco seasoning (store-bought or home-made)
- 8 oz chopped Romaine lettuce
- 1 1/3 cup halved Grape tomatoes
- 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (optional)
- 1 medium Avocado cubed
- 1/2 cup chopped Scallions
- 1/3 cup Salsa
- 1/3 cup Sour cream
- Heat oil in a pan over high heat. Add ground beef and stir fry, breaking up the pieces with a spatula for about 7-10 minutes until the beef is browned and moisture has evaporated.
- Add the taco seasoning into the ground beef until well combined.
- Meanwhile, combine all remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add the ground beef. Toss everything together.
2. Spinach Pesto Dip
Dips are probably the most versatile and healthy food accompaniment. This Greek yogurt based dip is packed with probiotics and goes perfectly well with carrot and zucchini sticks.
- 1 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
- 1/2 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, and squeezed dry
- 1/4 cup pesto
- kosher salt and black pepper
- cut-up vegetables, for serving (optional)
- Mix yogurt, spinach, pesto, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a small bowl.
- Serve with cut-up vegetables, if desired.
3. Pork Sandwiches With Coleslaw
This one is for the meat lovers and brings together protein and healthy veggies in one neat sandwich. Perfect to bite into during a close match.
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 1 pork tenderloin (about 1 pound)
- 4 cups shredded cabbage
- 2 cups shredded carrots
- 1 scallion, trimmed and thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon grated or minced fresh ginger
- 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
- 4 whole-wheat or multigrain sandwich bread
- Heat oven to 450° F. In a small bowl, combine the molasses, brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice, and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper.
- Place the pork in a roasting pan and coat with the glaze.
- Transfer the pan to oven. Roast the meat, turning it after 10 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer registers 150° F, about 10 minutes more.
- Remove from oven, cover with foil, and let rest 5 minutes before slicing.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the cabbage, carrots, scallion, ginger, and hoisin sauce and the remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
- Layer the pork on the bread and mound the coleslaw on top.
4. Carrot Fries
Worried about missing out on your favorite french fries? Toss out the potatoes and replace them with vitamin-packed carrots. Give these baked fries a shot this football season and you won’t regret it.
- 1 pound fresh carrots
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt
- Cracked black pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Peel carrots and cut into thin matchstick slices.
- In a medium bowl, toss slices in olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Spread out carrots on a baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the carrots are browned slightly.
- Remove from the oven and sprinkle with fresh basil.
5. Mushroom And Goat Cheese Pizza
We might be divided in the teams we support but the love for pizza always unites us. This simple and healthy pizza recipe uses goat cheese which is low on calories and digests more easily than cow cheese.
- 3/4 pound wild mushrooms (such as oyster, shiitake, or a mix), cut into 1½-inch pieces
- 5 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for the pan
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 1 pound store-bought pizza dough
- 8 ounces crumbled fresh goat cheese
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 thinly sliced Fresno chili
- Chopped fresh parsley for garnish.
- Heat oven to 450° F with the bottom rack set in the lowest position. Toss the mushrooms with 2 tablespoons of the oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper on a large rimmed baking sheet and spread in an even layer. Roast, stirring once, until tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
- Lightly oil another large rimmed baking sheet. Stretch the dough into a large oval and place on the prepared sheet. Brush with 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil. Scatter the roasted mushrooms, cheese, and thyme evenly over the dough. Bake until the mushrooms and crust are well browned, 14 to 16 minutes.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the lemon juice, chili, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a bowl. Drizzle on the pizza and top with the parsley.
6. Spicy Garlic Kale Chips
Kale is without doubt one of most preferred health foods today. This crunchy kale chips recipe is perfect if you’re someone who needs to constantly keep munching during the game.
- 8-10 cups kale, chopped
- 1 tbsp garlic flavored olive oil
- Garlic Salt and Pepper Seasoning
- Pinch red pepper flakes
- Preheat oven to 175.
- Place kale on a cookie sheet and drizzle the olive oil over top.
- Toss well to make sure the kale is evenly coated, then spread it out evenly in the pan.
- Sprinkle a little of the garlic salt and pepper seasoning over the kale and add a pinch of red pepper flakes.
- Bake for 1 hour and serve with your favorite dip.
7. Deviled Eggs
When it comes to food, there is no limit to what you can make with eggs. Deviled eggs are easy to make, low on fat, and perfect finger food to bite into while watching the game.
- 12 large hard-boiled eggs peeled
- ⅓ cup non-fat cottage cheese
- ¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
- 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Paprika for garnish
- Halve eggs lengthwise with a sharp knife. Gently remove the yolks.
- Place 16 yolk halves in a food processor (discard the remaining 8 yolk halves).
- Add cottage cheese, mayonnaise, chives (or scallion greens), relish, mustard and salt; process until smooth.
- Spoon about 2 teaspoons yolk mixture into each egg white half. Sprinkle with paprika, if desired.
Add a healthy twist to your Game Day snacks with these low calorie recipes. Go ahead and give them a try without worrying about adding inches to your waist.
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