Healthy Superbowl Sunday Recipes

For most folks, Superbowl Sunday is the first real test of whether the healthy habits started in early January are going to be embraced as lasting lifestyle changes, or cast aside as abandoned resolutions. There’s no need to panic, however. With a little advanced planning, the right recipes, and some creative presentation skills, healthy foods can be far more alluring than their deep-fried counterparts, even on one of the most gluttonous, sedentary holidays.

Here is a round-up of my favorite Superbowl Sunday themed fruit and veggie platters and healthy Superbowl Sunday recipes from around the web. Bring any of these dishes to your Superbowl viewing party — dieters and non-dieters alike will be glad you did!

Healthy Superbowl Sunday Recipes!

Veggie Tray with Football Toast from The Forman Fam

Kelly’s tip: Make sure the toast is 100% whole grain. For the laces, feel free to use string cheese toasted on, or carefully piped ranch dips (such as this healthy ranch dip made from Greek yogurt, or this one made from tofu).

Healthy Superbowl Recipes!

Individual Veggie Cups from Constant in Chaos

Kelly’s tip: In addition to some of the healthy Ranch dips I named above, feel free to pair veggies with bean dips, such as roasted garlic kale hummus, beet hummus, kale pesto white bean dip, or black bean dip.

Healthy Superbowl Sunday Recipes!

Football Helmet Fruit Salad from the National Watermelon Promotion Council

Kelly’s tip: This link has the step-by-step directions on how to carve the helmet!

Healthy Superbowl Sunday Recipes

7-Layer Football Dip from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

Kelly’s Tip: Take this cute presentation idea, but substitute plain, nonfat Greek yogurt for the sour cream. Also, serve with whole grain baked chips or crackers (I recommend these or these).

Healthy Superbowl Sunday Recipes

Mini Football Meatloaves from Hungry for Football

Kelly’s tip: Keep the football shape and string cheese laces, but use a healthier meatloaf recipe, such as this Sicilian Turkey Meatloaf, this Apple, Sage, and Turkey Meatloaf, or this Cranberry Lentil Loaf with BBQ glaze.

Healthy Superbowl Sunday recipes

Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Shari’s Berries

Kelly’s Tip: To make your own, just dip washed and dried strawberries in melted dark chocolate, lay onto wax paper, then pipe on white chocolate laces when dry.

Healthy Superbowl Sunday Recipes

Football Mason Jar Drinks from Flamingo Toes

Kelly’s Tip: Instead of soda, fill these jars with unsweetened iced tea or iced coffee. Or, fill with a healthy, naturally sweetened chocolate shake, such as this Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Shake or this Dark Chocolate Mocha Shake.

Healthy Superbowl Sunday Recipes

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings from The Food Network

Kelly’s Tip: Substitute plain, nonfat Greek yogurt for the sour cream in the blue cheese dip for a healthy, vegetarian version of this Superbowl Sunday classic. And don’t forget the celery sticks!

For more cute sports themed food presentation ideas, check out my Cute Sports Food Pinterest Page. Also, see here for more healthy dips and spreads. What will you be making this Superbowl Sunday?

– Kelly

Not Your Average Vegetable Platter

Looking for a way to entice your guests (or yourself) to eat more vegetables? Here is a round-up of the most beautiful fruit and vegetable platters from around the web. And if you’re looking for healthy dips to compliment your fruit and veggie trays, check here.

Not Your Average Vegetable Platter

Arrange veggies and dips in various glassware. Image via Cocoa and Fig

Not Your Average Vegetable Platter

Serve dip in a hollowed-out head of lettuce. Click here for step-by-step instructions. Image via Eddie Ross

Not Your Average Vegetable Platter

Or try bell peppers! Image via Pinterest (original source unknown)

Not Your Average Vegetable Platter

Portion individual servings of vibrant veggies and hummus into stemware. Image via Pinterest (original source unknown)

Not Your Average Vegetable Platter

If you don’t have stemware, drinking glasses also work. Image via Add a Pinch

Not Your Average Fruit Tray

This concept also works for fruit. Image via Hostess with the Mostess

Not Your Average Vegetable Platter

Individual glasses of salad are a great way to offer guests tastes of produce. Image via My Baking Addiction

Not Your Average Vegetable Platter

“Salad on a Stick” is a kid-friendly take on this idea. Image via Sweet Potato Chronicles

Not Your Average Vegetable Platter

Bouquets of artichokes, ornamental kale, and brussels sprouts are a great way to dress up a fruit and vegetable display. Image via Project Wedding

Not Your Average Fruit Tray

Tiered platters work great to display individual cups of mixed fruit (or vegetables). Image via Pinterest (original source unknown)

– Kelly


Healthy Fruit and Veggie Platters inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Like many children, my story time picks were often supplemented with a colorful dose of Eric Carle. While Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was probably the family favorite, perhaps the most iconic Eric Carl book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In fact, if Pinterest is any indication, this classic story is now a very popular party theme. Anyone can arrange green and red cupcakes on a platter and call it a day, so I scoured the web to bring you the best HEALTHY platters inspired by Eric Carle’s classic. Whether you are throwing your own Very Hungry Caterpillar party and looking for healthy platters and snacks, or you simply want to jazz up your children’s meals with inspiration from this much beloved story, the following images should inspire you.

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Apple + Babybel cheese caterpillar from Cute Food For Kids


Fruit Caterpillar from Bajiroo


Caterpillar sushi from Anna the Red

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Adorable healthy fruit tray from Bless this Mess Please


Another adorable fruit tray from Frost Me Blog

And while the following aren’t neccessarily Eric Carl inspired, they still keep with the caterpillar theme:

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PB + Banana Caterpillar from Little Page Turners

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Caterpillar sandwich, original source unknown


Caterpillar grape kabobs, from Healthy and Fun Snacks for Kids