For American football fans, it’s that most wonderful time of the year! The Super Bowl! For many Americans, it’s also the super bowl of snack foods. Here are some snack foods that are Super Bowl-worthy and won’t destroy your resolution to eat healthier and lose weight!
When the team gets together to watch the big game, chips and dip are almost a required element. Most of the chips you can buy in the store are loaded with carbohydrates, oils and just aren’t good for you. So we’re going to kick things off with some chips you can actually eat and some dips that the gang will love!
Almond Flour and Sesame Seed Crackers (Paleo/Low Carb)
While these aren’t technically chips, they’re a much better option when you want to keep the carbohydrate and sugar counts down. These are gluten-free and are also a great option for those ketogenic eaters in your bunch!
Prep time: 15 minutes. Cook time: 20 minutes
- 1 cup almond flour
- 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 large egg, beaten
- salt and pepper to top the crackers
- Preheat the oven to 350 and move the rack to the middle position. Cut two pieces of parchment to fit a large sheet pan, mine is 18 by 13 in (46 by 33 cm).
- Into a medium bowl, measure and mix all of the dry ingredients. Add the egg and work the egg into the ingredients to form a dough. Divide the dough in half.
- Place a piece of parchment onto the counter. Spray it with baking spray. Lay one half of the dough in the center of the parchment. Spray the other piece of parchment and lay it spray-side-down onto the piece of dough.
- Roll the dough into a large rectangle about 1/8th – 1/16 of an inch thick. Remove the top piece of parchment and cut the dough into 20 pieces with a large sharp knife or a pizza cutter. Leave the cut dough in place. Salt and pepper the crackers. Slide the parchment onto a cookie sheet.
- Bake the almond sesame crackers until they brown slightly, 15- 20 minutes. Let them cool for a minute before putting them on a cooling rack to cool completely. Break apart when cool. (NOTE: another reader said that her oven is hotter and crackers recipes take about 15 minutes for her. My oven is 20 years old.)
- Repeat the procedure with the other half of the dough.
- Store in an airtight container. Makes approximately 40 crackers. Serving size is 10 crackers each, or a quarter of the recipe.
Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 184mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 2.2mg
Recipe source: Low Carb Maven
Low Carb Cheese Crackers
Maybe you don’t like sesame seeds, or maybe you just want to offer your guests a little cracker variety. Here’s a simple recipe for crackers made from cheese. They’re keto and delicious!
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 12 minutes
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, torn into pieces
- 1 cup grated Parmesan
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1 large egg
- 2oz. cream cheese
- 1 cup blanched almond flour
- Sea salt, to taste
- Mix the mozzarella, Parmesan, cream cheese, and almond flour in a microwave safe bowl.
- Microwave for 1 minute on high.
- Carefully remove from the microwave and stir until combined.
- Allow to cool for a while before adding in the egg. If you the add egg while the melted cheese is hot, it will start to cook.
- Add rosemary and salt to taste. Stir to combine.
- Transfer the cheese dough onto your worksurface covered with parchment paper. Cover with another piece of parchment paper and roll to ¼-inch thick. Peel the top paper off and cut the dough into squares with a pizza cutter or knife.
- Preheat oven to 450F.
- Transfer the prepared dough with the parchment the paper onto a baking sheet.
- Bake the crackers for 6 minutes on each side.
- Allow crackers to cool for 5 minutes before breaking into individual pieces and serving.
This recipe makes 8 servings. The nutritional breakdown is 97 calories per serving, with 7.5 grams of fat, 1.6 grams of carbohydrate and 6.3 grams of protein.
Recipe source: Kiss My Keto
What good are crackers if you have nothing to dip them in? Dips are an essential part of football snacking. For the big game, you’re going to want dips that are all-pro, but without the waistline-busting sugar and processed garbage! Try these game-day champions.
Keto Spinach Dip
Great spinach dip should be creamy and delicious. This keto spinach dip is all that and easy to make! This recipe makes 6 servings.
- 2 tbsp light olive oil
- 2 oz. frozen spinach
- 2 tbsp dried parsley
- 1 tbsp dried dill
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- Thaw the frozen spinach and remove excessive liquid.
- Place in a bowl and mix with the other ingredients.
- Let sit for 10 minutes to let the flavors develop.
- Serve and enjoy!
Want to add a bit more “healthy” to this (or just about any) dip? Serve it with celery, broccoli crowns, cauliflower, carrots or any other veggie that works!
Nutrition information: calories – 313; fat – 34 grams; protein – 1 gram; net carbs – 2 grams
Recipe source: The Diet Doctor
Spinach dip is passe`, you say? Fine, how about some warm crack dip with cheddar and bacon? Wondering why it’s called crack dip? That’s because it’s so addictive! It’s also really easy to make. Just make plenty, since it might become the fan favorite! This recipe makes 15 servings.
Prep time: 10 minutes; Cook time: 10 minutes
Warm Ranch Crack Dip With Bacon And Cheddar
- 8 oz Cream cheese
- 3/4 cup Ranch dressing (for a thick dressing; use 2/3 cup if using a thin one)
- 1/3 cup Sour cream
- 1 cup Cheddar cheese (shredded)
- 1/3 cup Bacon bits (cooked)
- 1/3 cup Green onions (chopped)
- 1/8 tsp Cayenne pepper (optional – or more to taste)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Heat the cream cheese gently in the microwave on medium power, or on the stove in a double boiler, until it’s warm and easy to stir. (Don’t get it scalding hot, just warm. If it’s too hot, wait for it to cool to be just warm before the next step, to avoid curling the ranch and sour cream.)
- Stir the ranch dressing into the cream cheese, until smooth, then stir in the sour cream. Stir in remaining ingredients.
- Transfer the dip into a 1/2 quart glass or stoneware baking dish.
- Bake for about 15 minutes, until hot and bubbly at the edges underneath. Serve hot or warm, with veggies or the low carb crackers from the recipes above.
Nutritional information per serving: Calories – 168; fat – 16 grams: protein – 3 grams; carbohydrates – 1 gram; net carbs – 1 gram
Recipe source: Wholesome Yum
Of course, every football party needs some good hand-held snacks. Wings are a must, of course. But how about something with a little “south of the border” flair? I’ve got you covered on both counts! I’m going to share my absolute favorite buffalo wing recipe along with a great little snack with some Southwest influence. I’ll even throw in one more that I like for good measure!
Perfectly Crisp Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings
If you’ve never had your buffalo wings crispy, you are in for a treat! If you’ve ever wanted to make crispy wings at home, but don’t have a deep fryer, this recipe will solve that dilemma for you! It requires a little work, but is well worth the effort!
- 3 pounds (about 20 pieces) chicken drumsticks and wings
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon salt
- Your favorite buffalo wing sauce
- Put all of your chicken wings into a plastic bag and mix together the baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
- Pour all of the baking powder mixture into the bag with the chicken wings. Shake the bag very well to make sure all of the wings are coated in the mixture.
- Place all chicken wings on a wire rack and set in the fridge overnight. This helps dry them out and breaks down the peptide bonds in the proteins of the chicken (allowing for more crisp).
- When you’re ready the next day, position a rack in the top middle position and pre-heat your oven to 450F. Once the oven is heated, place the chicken wings in and bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove the chicken from the oven and flip the chicken wings. Bake again for 15 minutes or until very crisp.
- Toss with your favorite buffalo wing sauce and serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing and celery.
Nutrition information per serving (4 large wings without sauce:) 770 calories; fat – 57 grams; carbohydrates – .5 gram
Recipe source: Ruled.me
Keto Low Carb Taquitos
Taquitos are a delicious snack food with a distinctly Southwestern and Mexican influence. The problem for keto and low carb eaters has always been the corn tortilla that all the awesome filling is wrapped in.
The solution? Make the “tortilla” out of cheese!
This recipe makes 15 taquitos.
Prep time: 15 minutes; Total time: 45 minutes
- 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 onion, finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 2 c. shredded chicken
- 2/3 c. red enchilada sauce
- 4 tbsp. freshly chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
- Kosher salt
- 2 c. shredded cheddar
- 2 c. shredded Monterey jack
- Sour cream, for serving (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375° and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and cook until slightly soft, 3 minutes. Add garlic and spices and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes more. Add chicken and enchilada sauce, then bring mixture to a simmer. Stir in cilantro, season with salt, and remove from heat.
- Make taquito shells: In a medium bowl, mix together cheeses. Divide mixture into twelve 3 ½” piles on prepared baking sheet. Bake until cheese is melty and slightly golden around the edges, about 10 minutes. Let cool 2 to 4 minutes, then peel shells off parchment. Add a small pile of chicken to each and roll tightly. Repeat until all taquitos are made.
- Garnish with cilantro and serve with sour cream, for dipping.
Nutrition (per serving): 230 calories, 17 g protein, 2 g carbohydrates, 0 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 18 g fat, 9 g saturated fat, 310 mg sodium
Recipe source: Delish
Bacon-wrapped Honey Garlic Shrimp
If I didn’t have you at bacon, I don’t know what to tell you. This dish isn’t necessarily keto, but it is relatively low carb and really delicious! You’ll find it difficult to keep this one from disappearing!
You may be asking yourself “why serve this with Guacamole?” Trust me, once you taste them with the guac, you’ll have your answer!
Ingredients Bacon Wrapped Shrimp (Prawns):
- 1/3 cup barbecue sauce
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger
- Salt to season
- 1lb size 16-20 shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails intact
- 14 slices of bacon
- 3 large ripe avocados, mashed
- 8 grape or cherry tomatoes, finely sliced
- 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
- 3 shallots (or scallions), peeled and thinly sliced
- 1/2 to 1 Jalapeno Pepper (depending on your love of spicy!)
- 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice (adjust to your taste)
- salt and pepper to season
- Preheat oven to grill (or broil settings) on medium-high heat, with rack on the top third half of the oven (just above half way).
- Combine sauces, honey, juice, garlic, oil and ginger in a shallow bowl. Season with salt (if needed); add the shrimp and allow to marinate for 10 minutes.
- In the meantime, cut bacon slices in half lengthwise. Wrap one bacon slice around each shrimp and repeat until all done. Arrange the shrimp in a single layer on a lined baking tray/sheet. Grill/broil for 10 minutes until bacon is crispy and sizzling. Turn and grill/broil for a further 5 minutes until shrimp are cooked through.
- While shrimp are grilling, prepare your guacamole. Combine all guacamole ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly to combine.
- Serve the shrimp with the guacamole
Recipe source: Cafe Delights
If you’re planning a big shindig with friends, an intimate get-together with someone special or even just a little “me time” with the big game, these recipes will help you do it in low-carb style!
If you’ve ever wondered if you should be on my email newsletter list, here’s some incentive. As a special bonus, I’ll be sharing an awesome keto dessert recipe with my email list in the next day or so.
It’s just my way of saying thank you and “have an awesome Super Bowl!”
Whatever it is that you’re doing for the big game, even if that “whatever” involves NOT watching the game, I hope you and yours have a fantastic time!
If you decide to try any or all of these recipes, I would love your feedback! You can drop me a comment below or leave me a comment on my Facebook page at Coach Phil Hueston.
As always, keep the faith and keep after it!