It’s game day and you know what that means, right?
Food, football, family and friends!
If you’re staying strong during the game and sticking to your 17 Day Diet plan, here are a few ideas for healthy snacks and meals this football season.
Try these healthy food ideas if you’re on Cycle 1– you’ll find ideas for Cycle 2 and 3 below:
All American Football Veggie Tray
Certain vegetables are a freebie on the 17 Day Diet. Try adding the following veggies to your platter this season:
Asparagus Spears cooked lightly in olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper- serve cold
Variety of Bell Peppers- the yellow, orange and red variety have wonderful sweet flavor!
Broccoli and Cauliflower
Sliced Cucumbers – or try mixing with a little olive oil, apple cider vinegar, sweetener, salt & pepper for a tasty salad
Mushrooms – try a South American Marinade: Olive Oil, Vinegar, Chili Powder, Cumin, Oregano, Sweetener, Salt & Pepper- let sit for a few hours, then grill. Serve cold.
Veggie Dip – Use a 1/2 packet of Ranch Dip Packet with a cup of non-fat plain yogurt. Makes a great zingy dip for your veggies.
Deviled Eggs – Use a traditional recipe but swap out mayonnaise with plain yogurt.
Cycle 2 addition: Make a homemade hummus to go with your veggies
Cycle 3 additions: Cut pita bread into triangles, toast and serve with your favorite homemade hummus or guacamole
Lunch/Early Dinner Ideas for Game Day
If your house is like mine, we’re eating all day on game day! Here are a few ideas for lunch or early dinners.
Turkey Burger- Protein Style
Season lean ground turkey meat with your favorite seasonings such as salt, pepper, garlic, etc.
In lieu of bun, use ice burg, Bibb, or Boston lettuce and wrap your burger along with your favorite condiments such as sliced tomato, onion, ketchup and fat-free cheese.
You can also try this lovely Chicken Feta Spinach Patty recipe.
We’re not always on Cycle 1, so here are a few ways to switch it up if you’re on a later cycle.
Cycle 2/3: Use lean ground sirloin rather than turkey. Try this all-in-one burger recipe.
Cycle 3: Stuff your burger into a whole wheat pita pocket or make a burger wrap with a 10 inch whole wheat tortilla. If you want to use bread, fold your burger into one slice of your favorite bread from the Cycle 3 list.
Faux Buffalo Chicken
Cut chicken breasts into bite size pieces and marinate in a bath of your favorite buffalo wing hot sauce, reduced-sugar ketchup or BBQ sauce, add salt and pepper and any other spices you enjoy.
Bake at 350 for roughly 20 minutes.
Baste your chicken half way through baking process with extra sauce (make sure you set aside extra before putting chicken in marinade so not to contaminate cooking chicken). Serve with your ranch dip (see above).
You can also check out this Buffalo Chicken Meatball Recipe.
Chicken Stir Fry
Slice chicken breast, carrots, broccoli, bell peppers and onions.
Cook chicken with a bit of olive oil in pan, add veggies when chicken is almost cooked through.
Add Bragg Liquid Amino to taste and top with your favorite seasonings such as salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, etc. *For added variety, add grilled tofu.
If you want to simplify, try Judy’s Egg Roll in a Bowl recipe.
We all know chicken or beef on a stick is a great BBQ favorite, but it can also be a great game day meal for you and your party!
This healthy recipe is an old family favorite (shhh don’t tell them I’m sharing it with you!). It’s inspired by my dad’s upbringing in Peru as a child and it’s full of flavor!
You can also use your favorite low-carb veggies and the same marinade and you have yourself a complete meal for game day!
Other Easy Recipes for Game Day
There are a ton of ways to enjoy the fall football season, and here are a few of my other favorite recipes!
Think you’ll miss your nachos? Think again!
Try this yummy cauliflower nacho recipe instead.
Make it your own with your favorite toppings such as tomatoes, olives, and a sprinkle of cilantro or green onion!
You can do so much with this recipe. If you’re sticking to the diet, eat your chicken salad over greens or in a lettuce wrap.
For non-dieting football fans, stuff this yummy buffalo chicken salad in pita pockets, slider buns or regular sandwich bread.
Who says you can’t have healthy for game day? Yes, please!
This dish is to die for! I think the secret is the yogurt sauce and special relish!
These can be a perfect appetizer. Actually, these are perfect any meal, any day!
The star of this show is definitely the Lemon Dijon Sauce!
Not a fan of tuna? Make this recipe with any canned meat (chicken, salmon, crab, etc!).
If you’re looking to impress guests with your football spread, this Bang Bang Chicken Kebab recipe is a must-have!
The sauce gives this dish a slightly sweet and spicy flavor.
Bonus points if you make the roasted cabbage wedges, too!
Everyone loves a meatball and combine them with this tangy sauce and you will have a hit in your house! YUM!
Seriously, you can never go wrong with meatballs for the game!
Add the blue cheese dressing to help cool off the spice, and you have yourself a winner!
If you’re tired of chicken, this is a great alternative, especially for game day!
You can eat the shrimp as-is, use as a salad topper and stuff them into lettuce wraps! Enjoy!
I realize this is a bread recipe for the Keto Diet, but if you’re on Cycle 3, this recipe can be easily adapted to use for the 17 Day Diet. I snatched this recipe from my sister blog, Simply Keto Diet.
You’ll want to substitute Olive Oil for the butter (in equal portions) and you’ll be good to go!
You can use this Perfect 90 Second Keto Bread to serve Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches, toasted with a sprinkle of cheese, or as a simple side bread for your football spread!
Dessert Ideas for Game Day
What’s a game day spread without something sweet or savory? Here are a few dessert ideas for game day that will not only enhance your football spread, but will make you the true MVP of the day!
These will be the hit of the show. Plus, they are so versatile with all the flavor combos you can use for toppings.
You could even feature a “top your own cheesecake” bar with fresh cut fruit, chocolate sauce for non-dieters, or sugar free preserves. The sky is the limit!
You can check out my healthy dessert recipe ideas for game day.
Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you can’t eat great food. Enjoy game day with your friends and family…and remember, it’s not all about food!
Healthy Game Day Snacks and Meals (with Recipes) Summary with Links
I know, that was a ton of info for making your game day healthier! Here’s a quick list of all the recipes I included in this post for easy access. Enjoy!
What are you having for game day? Come back and let me know what’s on the menu!
I’ve been loving the 17 Day Diet since 2011. As you know, your health & wellness is a life-long journey and food is one piece of the puzzle. I love sharing my favorite healthy recipes and meal plans to keep you motivated and on the right path to success!
When I’m not hanging out here, I enjoy quick trips to the Oregon Coast, helping you with your anti-aging & skincare needs over at my Avon store (come say hi!!), and helping you achieve better health through nature with my other love, Busy Bee’s Wellness Co.