Game Day Alternatives: 3 Healthy Recipes to Snack on This Football Season

By: Lindsey Granger Posted: 9:55 AM, Oct 18, 2018 Updated: 10:00 AM, Oct 18, 2018

Game day dishes are usually jam-packed with calories. So today, The List is chatting with Hearth ‘61 Chef de Cuisine Alfred Muro to bring you a few healthy alternatives that will score with your friends even if your team doesn’t. 

1. Baked Pita Chips with Corn Salsa 

Kicking things off, we’re making Baked Pita Chips with Corn Salsa. Who said we couldn’t have a little bit of summer flavor in the fall?  


  • 2 tbsp cooking oil 
  • 3 cups corn, fresh off the cob
  • 2 tbsp garlic, chopped 
  • 1 cup shallots, chopped 
  • ½ cup vegetable stock (water works too) 
  • 1 cup soft goat cheese 
  • ¼ cup olive oil 
  • 2 tsp kosher salt  


In a large pot, heat up the cooking oil to high. Add the corn, garlic, shallots and salt, then quickly sweat the ingredients. Add the vegetable stock and simmer the corn until tender. Once cooked, chill the corn mix.  

In a food processor, blend the chilled corn mix. Add the goat cheese and olive oil. Blend until smooth. From here, you may add small chopped veggies of your liking. Make it colorful and enjoy.  


2. Low-Calorie Lemon Chicken Wings

Next on our list of game day low-calorie treats are these mouth-watering Lemon Chicken Wings. Pro tip: make these ahead of time, because in order to capture the flavor, you have to marinate your chicken wings in lemon juice and chill overnight.


  • 1 cup shallots, sliced
  • 2 tbsp garlic, sliced
  • 1 cup cilantro stems
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tbsp Calabrian Chili, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Calabrian Chili Oil
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 20 chicken wings

Tzatziki Sauce Dip Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cucumber
  • 1 clove of garlic, grated
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Zest of one lemon  

Spicy Lemon Chicken Wings Directions: 

Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly. Place in a quality plastic bag overnight. (Do your best to remove as much air as possible in the bag.) Place bag in a pot submerged under cold water, with a weight on it to keep it underwater. Bring the water to a simmer and on low temperature steam for about 20 minutes.

Place the bag in an ice bath until completely chilled. Then, remove the wings and wipe off most of the marinade to avoid burning. Fire up the grill and cook the chicken wings until crispy and hot in the center. Otherwise, you can place them in the oven at 425F for about 7-10 minutes (once golden brown).

Tzatziki Sauce Dip Directions: 

Mix Greek yogurt, cucumber, grated garlic and lemon juice in a small bowl. Add lemon zest and salt to taste. Enjoy!


3. Mushroom Butter Lettuce Wraps

And the final healthy dish worth a touchdown pass is a platter of good old tacos. The healthy twist? Turning them into Mushroom Butter Lettuce Wraps that will punch the same amount of flavor.


  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Sriracha
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger, chopped
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 5 Butter Lettuce leaves
  • 3 cups Bella Mushrooms, chopped


Combine sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, Sriracha, lime juice, black sesame seeds, chopped garlic, ginger and cilantro in a bowl. Whisk in the olive and sesame oils. Season to taste with Kosher salt and fresh-ground black pepper.

Chill the finished product for the best taste. Once chilled, place chopped mushroom mixture in Butter Lettuce wraps and top with sweet chili vinaigrette.

So, next time you’re planning a game day feast, no need to worry about calories! These game day alternatives will be equally delicious, but oh-so-good for you.


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