It’s almost kickoff time again, and you know what that means!
Celebrating the big game with friends and family brings not only loads of team spirit, but can bring loads of carbs and calories too. While you’re rooting for your favorite team, you may be rooting through all the game day snacks you crave between commercials, the halftime show and the winning plays.
But instead of packing on the pounds this season (save that for the pros!), treat yourself to some delicious low carb alternatives to some of your favorite football season snacks. From pizza pinwheels to bean-free spicy chili to chocolate bacon cookies and more—we’ve rounded up some of the best sweet and salty goodies to feed your face.
Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Enjoy full color, flavor and texture with this low carb pizza! Add your favorite toppings to customize this tasty treat.
For the crust:
2 cups processed raw cauliflower (to the size of couscous)
2 cups part-skim shredded mozzarella
2 large eggs
2 tbsp dried fennel seed (or your favorite seasonings)
For the toppings:
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
3 chopped artichoke hearts
1/2 cup chunky-chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1-1/2 cups fresh green spinach
1 chopped roasted red bell pepper (about 1/2 cup)
10 small sliced green olives
4 slices provolone cheese
1/4 cup basil pesto
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine crust ingredients in a bowl. Press into a circle on a greased 12”pizza pan by sprinkling the crust mixture around the pan and then gently pressing the mounds together. This prevents thick spots in the center of the pan.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are a golden-brown color. Allow to cool for five minutes. Gently slide a metal (or plastic if the surface is non-stick and may scratch) spatula around the edges to loosen from the pan slightly.
Top crust with sauce, cheese, artichoke hearts, onion, peppers, spinach and olives. Place Provolone slices on top. Top with pesto.
Place under a broiler on high for 3-5 minutes, or until golden and bubbly, or bake for 10-15 minutes more in a 425 degree Fahrenheit oven until golden and bubbly.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes for the crust to solidify. Cut and serve.
Nutritional Information: Calories: 264, Carbohydrates: 7.4 grams, Fiber: 2.1 grams, Net Carbohydrates: 5.5 grams, Protein: 19 grams, Fat: 18 g
Notes: Crust can be frozen without the toppings after the first baking. Simply thaw, top and then bake for 12-15 minutes in a 425 degree Fahrenheit oven. Crust can be doubled, but extend baking time.
Pair this pizza with these amazing Pepperoni-Stuffed Cauliflower Bread Sticks, also from Your Lighter Side (pictured above), with just 5.5 grams of net carbs. Enjoy!
Pepperoni Pizza Pinwheels
If you’re looking for bite-sized appetizers, try these low carb, gluten-free pepperoni pinwheels.
For the dough:
1/4 cup almond flour
3 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 cup low-moisture, part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
4 tbsp salted butter
2 tbsp cream cheese
1 large pastured egg
For the filling:
3/4 cup pizza sauce
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
4 oz pepperoni slices
1 tsp Italian seasoning
Preheat oven to 400°. In a small mixing bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, sea salt, and black pepper.
In a separate mixing bowl, combine mozzarella cheese, butter, and cream cheese. Microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds to soften. Mix together until everything is well combined. If if gets stringy or is not quite melted enough, put it back in for another 30 seconds.
To the cheese mixture, add the dry ingredients and the egg. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated. If you are having a hard time mixing it, put it back in the microwave for another 20-30 seconds.
Once the ingredients are combined, spread the dough out on parchment paper or a silpat in a thin and even layer, about 9″ by 13″. If it starts to get sticky, wet your hands a little bit to prevent it from sticking to you.
Once you have the dough in a nice, even rectangle, spread the sauce over top, covering all of the dough.
Next, layer on the mozzarella cheese. Top the cheese with pepperoni slices. Sprinkle parmesan and italian seasoning over top.
Roll the dough up tightly widthwise. Alternately you can roll lengthwise and get 12 smaller rolls. Turn so that the seam is facing down. Cut the ends off each side of the roll-up to even it out. Then cut it into 1″ slices. Place your individual roll-ups in a baking dish.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until they are fluffy and golden brown.
Nutritional Information: 1 pinwheel. Calories: 240, Carbohydrates: 7 grams. Fiber: 2.5 grams, Net Carbohydrates: 4.5 grams, Protein: 14 grams, Fat: 18 grams
Minute Microwave Nachos
This quick and simple recipe works well under a time crunch. Have kids help you prepare this dish too!
2 slices American cheese
3/4 cup cooked, spicy beef
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tbsp salsa
1 tbsp guacamole
1 tbsp sour cream
10 black olive slices
8 jalapeno slices
Cut American cheese slices into smaller rectangles (Usually 4-6 per slice). Place on a piece of parchment paper about 1-2″ apart (the cheese spreads) and microwave on high for 45 seconds. Place chips on a plate. Top with hamburger and then cheese. Microwave for another 20 seconds. Top with black olives, jalapeno slices and serve with sour cream, guacamole and salsa.
Nutritional Information: Calories: 708, Carbohydrates: 6.9 grams, Fiber: 1.7 grams, Net Carbohydrates: 5.2 grams, Protein: 42.3 grams, Fat: 56.4 grams
Slow Cooker Kickin’ Chili
This slightly spicy chili recipe is so good; you won’t even miss the beans! Cook once, freeze the rest and eat twice!
2 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 medium red onion, chopped and divided
4 tbsp minced garlic
3 large ribs of celery, diced
¼ cup pickled jalapeno slices
6 oz can tomato paste
14.5 oz can tomatoes and green chilies
14.5 oz can stewed tomatoes with Mexican seasoning
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce or coconut aminos
4 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp cumin, mounded
2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp black pepper
1 bay leaf
Heat slow cooker on low setting. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add ground beef, half of the onions, 2 tbs minced garlic, and salt and pepper. Once the beef is browned, drain excess grease from pan.
Transfer ground beef mixture to slow cooker. Add remaining onions, garlic, celery, jalapenos, tomato paste, tomatoes and chilies (with liquid), stewed tomatoes (with liquid), Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cumin, salt, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, black pepper, and bay leaf.
Stir until all ingredients are well combined. Cook on low 6-8 hours.
Nutritional Information: 1 cup. Calories: 137, Net Carbohydrates: 4.7 grams, Protein: 16 grams, Fat: 5 grams
Notes: Please note that nutritional information can vary greatly between brands. Always be sure to read labels.
We’ve shared some savory and salty snack ideas with you, now here’s a creamy sweet treat you won’t be able to resist!
For cookie crusts:
3/4 cup processed nuts (1/4 cup walnuts, 1/4 cup macadamias, and 1/4 cup almonds)
1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
3 tbsp melted butter
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese
1/4 cup Steviva* blend sugar substitute
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 325° Fahrenheit. Place foil liners in muffin tins. Place heaping tbsp of crust mix into each liner. Press lightly. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, vanilla, and Steviva blend. Mix until well blended. Add eggs until blended. Spoon cream cheese batter into crusts, filling each liner about 3/4 full.
Bake for 25 minutes.
Nutritional information: Calories: 210, Carbohydrates: 2.75 grams, Fiber: .42 grams, Net Carbohydrates: 2.3 grams, Protein: 5.25 grams, Fat: 19.4 grams
Notes: You can go without the muffin pans if you are gentle with the foil wrappers. These can hold their shape, especially if placed side by side in a shallow jelly roll pan and when handled with care. Top with blackberry jam for taste.
*For Splenda users, sub 1/2 cup baking mix; for erythritol/xylitol users, sub with 1/3 cup erythritol, 1/4 cup xylitol to taste.
Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies
Game day is not complete without some delicious chocolate cookies … and bacon! If you have a sweet tooth and can’t imagine a world without bacon, you’ll fall for this amazing low carb, gluten free recipe. Keep in mind, you can use any natural sweetener you want as a substitute in these cookies. Here are some low carb natural sweetener options from Natural Healthy Concepts.)
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1 cup chunky peanut butter (reduced sugar, natural)
1 cup granular Swerve sweetener
1 large egg
1/2 cup unsweetened organic cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
Cook bacon until crispy, crumble and set aside. Preheat oven to 350°.
In a large mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, sweetener and egg. Mix until all ingredients are combined. I put on a pair of gloves and did this part by hand. The peanut butter was thick and it just made it easier.
To the mixture, add cocoa powder, vanilla extract and baking soda. Mix until all ingredients are well combined.
Mix in bacon crumbles.
Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper.
Form dough into 12 equal sized balls, place on liner and flatten just a bit.
Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and place baking sheet on a cooling rack. If you do not let the cookies cool thoroughly, they will fall apart.
Nutritional Information: Although the details are unclear on the blog we cited here, this recipe is less than 10 grams of carbs per serving (one cookie), gluten free and made only from whole, real and easy to find ingredients. Enjoy!
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What low carb snacks are you baking for the Super Bowl? Share your recipes and ideas in the comments below!
And don’t forget to watch the New England Patriots battle the Atlanta Falcons during the NFL’s Super Bowl LI on February 5th, 2017, at 6:30 PM EST on FOX and on FOXSports.com, airing live from the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, featuring Lady Gaga’s Pepsi Halftime show!