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Every year on the first Sunday in February, Americans gather in front of their televisions to watch football and chow down on snacks that are mostly deep-fried and pair well with ranch dressing. Which is a tradition that’s swell and all, but sometimes even the most steadfast rituals deserve to be shaken up.
This year, instead of serving the same-old gut-busting spread, why not put out an array of healthy-but-delicious foods that will supply the energy you need to cheer on the action through the final quarter? Not only will it create a positive tone, it will also set the stage for an extra festive gathering—you’ll want to put up plenty of decorations in your favorite team’s colors.
We’ve come up with a menu that will help you eat like a real champion on Super Bowl Sunday. And while you’re putting together your superfood feast, don’t forget to stock up on some smart beverages as well, like Bai. With a range of antioxidant-infused, fresh fruit flavors that contain only five calories per serving and have no artificial sweeteners, Bai will help you score big in the health and happiness departments. Just make sure to set up a few coolers and fill them with ice: that way, the juice will stay cold and refreshing while also being easy to grab during the game.
Your slow cooker isn’t just for rib-sticking stews. This Tex-Mex style crock pot soup with lean ground meat keeps it hearty while still packing in nutritious vegetables and beans. Get our Crock Pot Taco Soup recipe.
Guacamole might just be the one game day classic that gets a healthy pass. But you can make it even more worth the while by adding in nutrient-packed ingredients. Calcium-loaded almonds and fiber-rich apricots not only up the ante, but bring some crunch and sweetness too. Get our Toasted Almond Guacamole with Apricots recipe.
Hummus is made from chickpeas, which are full of energy-boosting protein. We like to add In red bell pepper too, not just because of its zesty taste and bright color, but also for its dose of vitamin C. Get our Red Pepper Hummus recipe.
Ditch those gooey, gunky dips for one that is completely feel-good: this pesto-esque crudité topper contains not one, but two nourishing leafy greens. Get our Garlicky Kale and Spinach Dip recipe.
You won’t feel guilty about eating chips by the handful when they’re made from nutritious ingredients and baked in the oven. These sweet potato chips are not only crispy and satisfying, but also have an addictive, candy-like flavor too. Get our Sweet Potato Chips recipe.
Your chili can still be five-alarm without setting off any health alarms. This vegan version is based around a soulful mix of spiced black beans, tomato, and corn. Get our Pressure Cooker Black Bean Chili recipe.
Wings are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to foods that taste good slathered in buffalo sauce. These crispy cauliflower bites take brilliantly to the stuff as well. Just make sure to have plenty of napkins on hand. Get our Buffalo Cauliflower recipe.
Finally, some food on a stick that you can feel good about. Between the chunks of omega-3-rich salmon and the vitamin A-packing bits of asparagus, there’s something wholesome in each bite. Get our Salmon and Asparagus Kebabs recipe.
By swapping out beef for lean chicken, you can make sloppy joes that feel lighter and not as over-the-top. They’re still plenty saucy and savory, though, just in case you were worried. Get our Chicken Sloppy Joes recipe.
You might want to call these fajitas Tex-Fresh instead of Tex-Mex: they’ve got enough whole vegetables to make even the most committed herbivore happy. Get our Vegetarian Fajitas recipe.