Published on February 1, 2019

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There are a handful of certainties you can be sure of come Super Bowl Sunday—like the fact that one team will triumph or the reality that you’ll get to see the worst side of every sports fan in your family. No surprises there. But who said anything about greasy tailgating snacks being a given?

Game day shouldn’t be an excuse to wake up the next morning with a guilty gut. Instead, consider elevating your go-to bites (think nachos, guac, and wings) by swapping in nutritious alternatives. Believe us: The flavors are on point and the recipes are more forgiving. Here are 10 substitute snacks we’ll be whipping up this Sunday.

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Vegan Sriracha Bites

Any snack that lists “bites” in its name is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Instead of plopping down a platter of tater tots or potato chips, slide these vegan broccoli quinoa bites by Ashley Melillo of Blissful Basil on the table. She pairs the snackable treat with sriracha aioli for a special kick.

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Spinach Queso with Crispy Jalapenos

Spice up a lackluster halftime show with this fiery crunchy dip. Psst: It comes with a crunch. For her mix, Lindsay of Pinch of Yum opted for Chihuahua cheese as her base, adding in spinach, garlic, and cilantro before topping it off with its spicy finish. Get the full recipe here.

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Ginger Sesame Chicken Potstickers

Forget the takeout potstickers: These ginger- and sesame-crusted wraps by Half Baked Harvest are a tasty alternative to anything you’d pick up from a restaurant on the fly. The filling calls for a combination of lean ground chicken, shredded kale, ginger, and toasted sesame oil, but it’s the sweet chili pomegranate sauce that’s the real kicker. When the game starts to cool down, this healthy dish will warm you right up.

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Pomegranate Guac

Speaking of pomegranates, here’s another delicious snack to keep up your sleeve: pomegranate guacamole. To make this winning guac by Cookie and Kate all the more rewarding, use plantain chips to scoop it up.

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Mahi tacos

Tacos might seem like a time-consuming undertaking if you’re out to feed a lot of guests, but hear us out: This light-as-air bunch is totally worth it. Topped with fresh mango, cilantro, and a hefty scoop of avocado in lettuce cups, you won’t feel bad about stress-eating when the scoreboard is tied. Get the how-to on A House in the Hills.

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Carrot Fries

Didn’t know you could disguise veggies as fast food? This carrot substitute requires only 20 minutes of baking time, so you pop them in the oven and plate with enough time to watch the coin toss. The sauce is made from Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic powder, and parsley. Check out the recipe on Bound by Food.

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Healthy Nachos

Everyone knows that nachos are the king of Super Bowl Sunday food staples. In lieu of piling on the cheese and meat, serve this recipe, which features oven-baked tortillas, fresh corn, herbs, and a creamy yogurt sauce to bind it all together. This is one batch healthful batch your friends won’t be able to keep their hands off of.

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Baked Zucchini

If the crowd is craving a crunch, toss a group of tender zucchini sticks in the oven to fulfill their cravings. All you need are the right seasonings to amp up the flavor: Parmesan, thyme, oregano, basil, and garlic powder. Get the full recipe on Damn Delicious.

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Sweet Potato Nachos

For another inspired take on nachos, give this sweet potato–based dish a try. Kristen from A Mind “Full” Mom finishes off her spiced batch with black beans, cheese, and a healthy drizzle of avocado cilantro cream. Catch the full lowdown here.

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Cauliflower Cheese Bites

Last Super Bowl Sunday, Tieghan Gerard from Half Baked Harvest made these spicy cauliflower bites with tahini ranch instead of chicken wings. Bonus: The ranch is crafted from a non-mayo base.

See more ideas for Super Bowl Sunday:

11 Crowd-Pleasing Super Bowl Dips

12 Mouthwatering Crockpot Recipes to Make for the Big Game

9 Tailgating Recipes to Get You Ready for the Big Game

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