Football season is in full swing! That means tons of tailgating, cheering on your favorite team, and of course gorging on less-than-healthy snacks. You’re well aware that last one isn’t exactly a touchdown when it comes to your diet… so why not try some slightly healthier swaps? Of course, cooking up your own nutritious alternatives is the ideal option. But we get that you’re not always going to have the time or energy to whip up perfectly healthy game-day snacks in your kitchen before the game starts. To help out, we’ve lined up a few better-for-you options to create an all-star snack roster.
1. Beanitos Original Black Bean Chips
Noshing on chips is an essential part of any game day snack ritual. But rather than sticking with your go-to tortilla or corn variety, try this fiber-filled alternative. Beanitos taste nearly identical to your favorite chips, but since they’re made with beans, they’re a bit heartier — adding a healthy dose of protein and fiber to your snack sesh. Plus, they boast every notoriously healthy requirement: non-GMO, preservative-free, vegan, and all-natural ingredients.
2. Rojo’s Homestyle Salsa
Of course, snacking on chips alone (while obviously healthier) doesn’t exactly hit the spot. To get your dip fix, pile this Rojo’s salsa on your Beanitos for a zesty boost of flavor. If you’re more of a guacamole fan, combine fresh mashed avocado with a few scoops of salsa for a crowd-pleasing (and instant) guac. Or, if you’re looking to boost your protein intake, swap the salsa for hummus.
3. Daiya Marguerita Pizza
Pizza is always a go-to when it comes to feeding your buddies — but needless to say, it’s not the healthiest way to fill your belly. Plus, if you or any of your friends are trying to stick to a certain diet (gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, etc.) pizza quickly becomes problematic. That’s where Daiya comes in. It checks all the boxes: vegan, gluten-free, you name it. While the idea of forgoing your cheesy delight with a vegan option may seem cruel to your taste buds — don’t worry, this pizza is actually appetizing. Thanks to a surplus of tomatoes, flavorful sauce, basil, and crisp crust, you (probably) won’t even miss the real thing. Plus it’s super easy to make — just 1o minutes in the oven, and you’re ready to serve up this cheezy treat.
4. Bibigo Mini Chicken and Veggie Wontons
Any kind of finger food is an awesome option to dish out for Sunday night football. After all, it helps you seamlessly transition between chowing and cheering for your team. The wontons are very easy to cook up — and for the healthiest prep option, we suggest pan-frying them with just a light drizzle of olive or sesame oil. You can serve these with a simple bowl of low-sodium soy sauce, or if you’re feeling a bit more ambitious, try tossing together Eating Well’s healthy ginger-garlic dipping sauce.
5. Annie Chung’s Seaweed Crisps
For yet another healthy chip alternative, these seaweed crisps make a great simple snack. Seaweed is packed with nutritional benefits, and since the crisps are oven baked instead of fried, they’re a much healthier option to your usual chips. Plus at only 80 grams a serving, they’re basically guilt-free. To make dried seaweed more appealing, Annie Chun’s added a layer of brown rice chip for an extra boost of crunch. But if chowing on algae sounds a little too fishy for your taste, you could try another alternative option like kale or terra chips.