Food for the Big Game: From Satisfyingly Healthy to Deliciously Indulgent

Are you looking for some crowd-pleasing food to serve for the Big Game?  I’ve got ideas for you from satisfyingly healthy to deliciously indulgent.  No matter who you root for, these ideas will please fans on either side of the ball.

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Watching football and snacking; they just seem to go together, especially when it is the Big Game!  According to on Big Game Sunday 1.3 Billion Chicken wings, 12 million slices of pizza, and 139 million pounds of avocados (think guacamole) will be consumed.  Wow!

I’ve got some fabulous food ideas for you to serve your family and guests for the Big Game.  But, before discussing snack and apps, let’s start will an entree.

Chili, a real crowd pleaser.  My recipe for Halloween Chili is great anytime, even for the Big Game.  Looking to make it extra healthy?  Try making the chili with ground turkey or chicken and topping it with green chilies, red onions, diced tomatoes or thinly sliced avocado.  Want to present a chili that’s more indulgent?  Serve your beefy chili with shredded cheese, nacho chips, and sour cream.  Yum!

Satisfyingly Healthy Big Game Snacks

A Tempting Bowl of Nuts-

Put out a bowl of mixed nuts or go for just one variety, like pistachio.  We’ve been a little pistachio crazy around my home lately.  They are so satisfying to eat.  I recommend buying pistachios in the shell. Shelling nuts by hand will keep those nervous hands busy as they cheer on their favoite team.

Kale Chips-

Take care of everyone’s needs for a crunchy, snacky chip during the game with this snack idea.  Even non-kale lovers in my home will happily munch down some kale chips.  They are satisfyingly crunchy and oh so healthy.  They are quite easy to make. Try this recipe.


Air popped popcorn is a whole grain and satisfyingly healthy.  Like the kale chips, popcorn will keep everyone’s snacky hands and mouth happy while their favorite team is marching down the field to score.  Forget about dousing the popcorn with butter!  Try sprinkling grated parmesan cheese over hot freshly made popcorn, or try this favorite recipe of mine for Cinnamon Toast Popcorn.

Vegetable Sticks and Hummus-

Bring on the veggies!  Hummus is a dip made from nutritious chickpeas.  Did you know there is a USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council?  Chickpeas are high in iron, fiber, and protein and low in fat and cholesterol.  What’s not to love?  Store bought hummus makes game day food preparation easy; just serve with carrot sticks, celery sticks, bell pepper, and sliced summer squash.

Caprese Salad Bites-

A sweet cherry tomato, a piece of basil, and fresh mozzarella with a delicious balsamic drizzle; this is more assembly than recipe.    You will find instructions for this healthy app here.


Deliciously Indulgent Big Game Snacks

Baked Fontina

Ooey gooey decadent melty cheese ready to eat on slices of french baguette.  Yum!  This is a real crowd pleaser.  You can prep the recipe ahead of time and place it under the broiler right before kick off.  Don’t expect this dish to last till the end of the game.  It might even be gone by halftime.  Baked Fontina recipe here!

Carmelized Bacon

Here I begin the meaty (literally) indulgences.  You won’t believe how good this is!  This caramelized bacon is sooooo yummy.  Again, you can prep the bacon ahead of time and pop it in the oven before the game.  They are delicious at room temperature so you do not have to worry about keeping them warm.  It is important to buy thick sliced bacon for this recipe, and while you are at it, make sure it is high-quality bacon.

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Let’s keep going with the bacon theme!  I’ve made these Smokies in my slow cooker, but my favorite way to make them in the oven.  You can wrap the Smokies with bacon and sprinkle with brown sugar the night before.  Pop them in the oven before guests arrive.  Have toothpicks and napkins on hand.  Score!

Kielbasa Appetizer

Here’s my last meaty dish for you and it’s a slight variation from the Smokies app.  Small bites of sliced Sweet Kielbasa done in the slow cooker.  Again, have toothpicks and napkins on hand!

7 Layer Dip

Ok, so I am going to sneak a little guacamole onto this list.  I love guacamole!   This dip is a classic.  Don’t forget the tortilla chips!


There you have it: from satisfyingly healthy to deliciously indulgent.  I hope I’ve given you some crowd-pleasing food ideas for watching the Big Game on TV.  Do you have a favorite snack or app that you like to serve?  Let us know!

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