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Surround yourself with these healthy, Low-Carb Football Snacks, and you'll wake up happy even if your team doesn't win! These are keto-friendly recipes everyone will enjoy.
Make a fantastic party menu for the big game with these keto snacks and appetizers. They're naturally healthy and perfect for anyone on a keto diet.
I would literally do a happy dance if I showed up to a Superbowl party with these delicious snacks on the buffet table.
Do you want to keep clean-up to a minimum? Me too! That's why you'll find so many finger foods.
These low-carb appetizers aren't just for football season, either. They're perfect for basketball watch parties and end-of-the-season celebrations for a school or local team.
We carefully curated our Keto-Friendly South Beach Diet recipes to come up with this list. Be sure to look at the net carbs because many of these recipes are heavy on vegetables with fiber.
These family-friendly recipes will satisfy the pickiest of eaters. And most people won't even guess they're eating low-carb.
- 1. Parmesan Cauliflower Wings
- 2. Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf
- 3. Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp
- 4. Stuffed Mushrooms
- 5. Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
- 6. Guacamole
- 7. Caramelized Onion Dip
- 8. Healthy Chips
- 9. Cauliflower Pizza Bites
- 10. Shrimp Guacamole Bites
- 11. Veggie Tots
- 12. Zucchini Bruschetta
- 13. Chaffles
- 14. Roasted Chickpeas
- 15. Chicken Nuggets
- 16. Whipped Cottage Cheese Desserts
- Planning and Meal Prep Tips
1. Parmesan Cauliflower Wings
Guests are sure to look for wings at any big sports gathering. If you're looking for a healthy low-carb alternative, look no further than Parmesan Cauliflower Bites.
They hold their own next to traditional chicken wings. They're not spicy. But they are melt-in-your-mouth delicious and always a big hit.
Not that there's anything wrong with cauliflower tossed in hot buffalo wings sauce. This vegetarian wing is amazing too.
Make-ahead tips: Prepare the breading and cauliflower in advance. Use our shake-and-bake process to quickly prepare and cook the cauliflower bites on game day.
2. Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf
Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf Cups is the first recipe that comes to mind when I think of game day food befitting of a Superbowl party. I guess it's the flavor profile and fun shape.
Make them in a regular or mini-sized muffin tin (or even shaped like a meatball!)
Why you'll love them: Besides being delicious, these little cups can be prepped in advance and frozen before or after cooking.
3. Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp
If your budget can handle it, bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed with cream cheese are fantastic and very low-carb.
And, you know they're perfect for a game day spread because they're a copycat of the Voodoo Shrimp at Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux.
Make-ahead: This shrimp appetizer can be prepped a day ahead of time and cooked when you're ready to enjoy it.
4. Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuffed mushrooms have a savory, umami flavor and are naturally low-carb. They are so satisfying that they disappear quickly at any party.
Plus, they don't require a fork and sneak vegetables onto the menu.
Two easy recipes that we use all the time:
- Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms can be as simple as pizza sauce, spinach, and cheese. Or, you can make them supreme with your favorite toppings, such as pepperoni and bacon.
- Stuffed Mushrooms with Cream Cheese is simplified with only five ingredients and only 5 minutes of prep time. These are amazing!
Make-ahead tips: Prepare up to a day in advance and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container until serving time.
5. Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
You wouldn't serve Chicken Parmesan as an entree in a game-day setting where finger appetizers rule the day. But you definitely should let your guests try these Chicken Parmesan Meatballs!
Serve with toothpicks and marinara on the side for dipping!
Make-Ahead: Make these little meatballs ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Serving ideas: Spread guacamole out on a platter in the shape of a football or a field. Use sour cream or Greek yogurt to pipe the lines!
7. Caramelized Onion Dip
Onion dip is another low-carb staple for game-day celebrations. Let me tell you about the recipe we look forward to devouring.
Caramelized Onion Dip with Greek Yogurt is just as delicious and healthy as it sounds. The sweetness of caramelized onions is offset by creamy Greek yogurt.
The key is to pair this dip with healthy chips, pork rinds, low-carb crackers, or vegetables, which we discuss in more detail below.
Make-Ahead Tips: The recipe below can be made a couple of days ahead of time. If you caramelize onions in a slow cooker, the keto dip is a breeze.
8. Healthy Chips
When it comes to a party, chips or "dippers" can make or break a healthy eating plan. Luckily, there are lots of low-carb, plant-based chips and keto crackers at the grocery these days!
But you don't have to spend all that money on pre-packaged chips. Even better choices: sliced cucumbers, carrots, pepper slices, or one of these healthy alternatives to chips. Two of my favorites are:
9. Cauliflower Pizza Bites
There's a place for pizza on a low-carb game-day buffet, especially if the base is made of a vegetable! We've got you covered in that department.
You may have tried cauliflower pizza crust. If you've been disappointed, don't turn away. They are not all created equal.
You will love cheesy cauliflower pizza bites, especially if you cut the base into squares you can hold in your hand. Top the crust with pepperoni, sausage, or any of your favorite pizza toppings.
Or not. These little cheesy pizza bites are delicious with nothing added at all.
If you're reading this, you may like spaghetti squash pizza crust!
10. Shrimp Guacamole Bites
Shrimp guacamole bites are another fancy, low-carb appetizer that uses guacamole in a fun way. Slather it on a cool cucumber slice and top it with spicy shrimp!
Make-ahead strategy: Prepare the shrimp and cucumbers a day ahead of time and assemble the appetizer before serving.
11. Veggie Tots
You'll be very thankful to have some of these mostly veggie bite-sized muffins or "tots" to snack on at a party! They're so appetizing it's hard to resist popping one into your mouth.
Luckily, they're healthy and very low in carbs and calories. The basic formula is vegetables, cheese, egg, and seasoning. So you can enjoy plenty!
This is one of my favorite low-carb snacks because it sneaks more vegetables onto the menu. Which one is your favorite?
12. Zucchini Bruschetta
Zucchini stands in for bread in this easy Zucchini Bruschetta. Roast the zucchini slices. Then top them with a simple mixture of tomatoes, garlic, basil, and balsamic vinegar. Finish this low-carb appetizer off with cheese!
Make-ahead strategy: Prep the bruschetta mixture ahead of time.
No low-carb game day recipe round-up is complete without chaffles! They're perfect for sandwiches and for cutting into pieces for dips. If there are low-carb dieters in your midst, they will be greatly appreciated.
You may also want to check out cauliflower waffles, which use riced cauliflower in place of almond flour. This switch makes them lower in calories too!
14. Roasted Chickpeas
Chickpeas roasted in the oven or an air fryer until crispy are a fantastic alternative to higher-calorie nuts and are very filling!
Even if you leave the spices and sauce off, they are amazing. But we highly suggest trying one of our favorites:
15. Chicken Nuggets
Kids and adults alike love chicken nuggets, so they're perfect for a game-day menu. Buy them at the store or make low-carb Parmesan garlic chicken nuggets.
The best thing about nuggets is the dipping sauces! Am I right?
Make-ahead tips: If using your own recipes, make the nuggets and sauces up ahead of time. Also, check out tips to make perfectly crispy chicken nuggets in an air fryer from frozen!
16. Whipped Cottage Cheese Desserts
When it comes time for a sweet treat, look no further than trendy cottage cheese dessert cups. Freeze it for ice cream or turn it into a parfait topped with fruit and nuts.
Planning and Meal Prep Tips
- Make sure food stays at the proper temperature. Check out guidelines for Holiday or Party Buffets by the USDA.
- Keep toppings separate to avoid cross-contamination for people with food allergies.
- Prep as much as possible ahead of time and keep it simple!
Did I miss any low-carb recipes that are a must for football game day? Let me know so we can add it to the list!
Looking for more ideas? Check out all of our healthy appetizers and snacks!