Whether you’re a football fan or a Swiftie, this year’s Super Bowl is something for everyone. If you have gestational diabetes this season or are watching carbs, fear not. Traditional Super Bowl food ideas tend to be high on carbs, but many healthy Super Bowl snack ideas are crowd-pleasers without the sugar rush.
In this blog, we’ll explore 20 healthy Super Bowl snack ideas that will keep you and your guests satisfied and blood sugars balanced.
Tips for Creating Healthy Super Bowl Snacks
Think High Protein
Blood Sugar Control: High-protein foods have a minimal impact on blood sugar levels, making them an excellent choice for maintaining energy and balancing your blood sugars.
Protein for Satiety: Protein-packed appetizers help keep your guests full and satisfied throughout the game. High protein can help reduce overeating and mindless snacking.
Think High in Vegetables:
Vegetables are rich in antioxidants plus fiber and low in carbs. This will help you feel up and be more satisfied. This can help meet your prenatal nutrient needs and help balance blood sugars.
Avoiding Sugary Sauces and Breading:
Sugary sauces and breading are common additions to Super Bowl food, but they don’t have to be. Many brands like Primal Kitchen, True Made Foods, and Good Food for Good use spices instead of sugar in their sauces. You can find them online or in many local grocery stores.
Be Mindful of Chips and Pretzels:
Traditional Super Bowl Food ideas like chips and pretzels are high in refined carbohydrates, which can lead to sugar spikes and crashes. Limiting these traditional Super Bowl foods will help you maintain a steady blood sugar.
There are other options to get that salty crunch, such as Wilde Chips, who make their chips out of chicken; pork rind companies like Epic; and chips made from black beans like Beanitos. Vegetable chips from Rhythm Foods are other options for the Super Bowl table.
20 Healthy Super Bowl Snack Ideas:
- Shrimp Cocktail with Aioli Sauce: Try this horseradish aioli instead of your traditional sugary cocktail sauce. Recipe Here
- Low-Carb Sweetish Meatballs: Instead of the traditional BBQ sauce-drenched meatballs, try the low-carb Sweetish Meatballs that will satisfy you. Recipe Here.
- Pizza Pinwheels: Try these low-carb versions of pinwheels from Egglife Foods. Egglife egg wraps are high in protein and low in carbs, making the perfect tortilla swap. Check out their recipe here.
- Greek yogurt tzatziki with veggies: Tzatziki is a perfect high-protein dip to pair with all your favorite crunchy snacks. Recipe Here.
- Edamame hummus with whole-grain pita bread or a tortilla like Mission Low Carb: Edamame hummus is a great way to pack fiber and protein to keep your taste buds and blood sugars happy. Check out Joy Bauer’s recipe for edamame hummus here.
- Protein Stuffed Sweet Potato Bites: Want that carby crunchy? Try this yummy stuffed sweet potato recipe from Wholesome Yum, showing four ways to stuff a sweet potato. I recommend the beef, shrimp, or chicken version. Recipe Here.
- Guacamole with fresh-cut vegetables for dipping. You can make guacamole on your own, or YO Quiero makes excellent premade guacamole and other dipping sauces. Find them in your local stores here.
- Low-Carb Chicken Wing: Sauces on chicken wings can have hidden sugar that spikes your blood sugar. Primal Kitchen makes an awesome low-sugar buffalo sauce flavored with spices. Check out their Keto Buffalo Wing with Blue Cheese Sauce here.
- Seasoned Crunchy Chickpeas: Craving that salty crunch? Try baked chickpeas. Chickpeas are a great healthy Super Bowl snack for the table with their high protein and fiber content. Try this recipe from Love and Lemons here.
- Cucumber Everything But The Bagel Bites: Want a fatty, salty, refreshing crunch? These cucumber bites have it all with a Greek yogurt and cream cheese topping. Check the recipe out here.
- Vegetable Kabobs: These kabobs are filling and oh-so-tasty. Try these Mediterranean kabobs from The Mediterranean Dish here.
- Spiced nuts: Not all spicey nuts recipes need sugar to be delicious. Try this recipe by The Oregon Cottage for a delightful, no-sugar twist on your cocktail nuts.
- Mini Greek Yogurt Parfait: Parfaits are always a fun, colorful addition to any table. This recipe is low in carbs and has over 100 5-star reviews. Check it out here.
- Avocado Delived Eggs: Want a twist on your traditional delivered eggs? Try these delicious avocado deviled eggs from Urban Farmie here.
- Caprese Skewers with fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and basil. Cheesy skewers are always a party favorite. Try the recipe here.
- Cauliflower Pizza: Pizza is always a good Super Bowl food idea, no matter who is playing. Try this lower-carb twist from Pioneer Women here.
- Salmon Cakes: Salmon cakes are a delicious way to get protein and fats. Try this recipe for salmon cake with Avocado Cilantro Dressing by Skinny Taste here. You can even use keto bread forms from Real Phat Foods to make them extra low-carb. Find them here!
- Steamed Edamame: Every healthy Super Bowl Snack recipe doesn’t have to be complicated. Try these Steamed Salted Edamames for the perfect savory treat.
- Siracha Buffalo Cauliflower Bites: Bump up the veggies on your Super Bowl food table with these Siracha Buffalo Cauliflower bites from Eating Well here.
- Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips: Tired of chips and salsa? Try these salt and vinegar Zucchini chips from Country Living here.
Super Bowl and Swiftie season will still be tasty with these healthy Super Bowl snack ideas; whether you are watching your blood sugars or not, these will satisfy your taste buds. By focusing on healthy fats and proteins, you can maintain steady blood sugar levels, stay energized throughout the game, and make Super Bowl Sunday memorable with these Super Bowl food ideas. Cheers to a healthy Super Bowl season!
Ginger Cochran is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, Certified Diabetes Educator & Care Specialist, Certified Wellness Coach, Certified Exercise Physiologist, and owner of Nutritious Ginger, an integrative and functional nutrition practice focusing on full body self-care and nourishment. Ginger’s primary specialty is women’s health, with a special emphasis on gestational diabetes, weight management, infertility, digestive wellness, and overall health + happiness.
Ginger serves on the board of director for the Nutrition Care Manual by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.