Game-Day Snacks Made Healthy (Recipe Included!)


Emily Dionne, RD

Emily Dionne, RD

Healthier snacks

Watching our favorite teams compete on the gridiorn is one of the best things about fall.

One of the best things about football season? The game-day snacks.

Whether you're pulling out a hibachi grill in the parking lot at your team's stadium or whipping up a feast to serve in front of the television, everyone enjoys snacking during a game. But there's a downside: Many of the traditional tailgate foods can wreak havoc on your health. But there are healthy alternatives that are just as tasty as their heavier counterparts.

Here's the lineup for two menus:

 Traditional Tailgate  Healthier Tailgate
Nacho cheese chips & dipSalsa & greek yogurt dip with veggies
Chex party mixPopcorn
Hot wingsBuffalo cauliflower bites
CheeseburgerTurkey burger
Potato salad Mixed greens salad
Pasta saladGrilled potato salad
BrowniesFruit salad
2,200 Calories 
50g saturated fat
750 Calories
5g saturated fat 

Those are some sobering stats.

Want to keep the flavor of buffalo wings on your game-day menu while keeping it a little healthier? Try this recipe for buffalo cauliflower to add some fiber to your game-day snacks. (It's also a great option for vegeterian fans.)

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites (Yields 6 servings)


  • 8 cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 TBS hot sauce (such as Frank's RedHot)
  • 1-2 TBS sriracha sauce
  • 1 TBS butter, melted
  • 1 TBS lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Toss cauliflower, oil, and salt in a large bowl and then spread them out on the prepared baking sheet; reserve the bowl.
  3. Roast the cauliflower until it starts to soften and brown on the bottom, about 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the hot sauce, sriracha to taste, butter, and lemon juice in the large bowl; add the roasted cauliflower and toss to coat thoroughly.
  5. Return the cauliflower to the baking sheet and continue roasting until hot, about 5 minutes more.

Nutrition information: Per ¾ cup serving: 100 calories; 7 g fat; 2 g sat fat; 288 mg sodium

This weekend, add this recipe to your tailgate rotation.

If you’re struggling to meet your nutritional goals, consider meeting one of South Shore Health’s registered dietitians. We offer individual sessions to help you meet your goals. Learn more about our program by visiting our website or call 781-624-4090 to schedule an appointment.

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