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Five Healthy Recipes for Game Day

Posted September 14, 2018

Football season has officially started and while it is great to get together with friends and family to watch a Sunday game, it often entails drinking and eating all sorts of delicious, yet unhealthy foods. One of the Seven Principles of Food Selection, codified by our founder, Annemarie Colbin, PhD, states that food should always be delicious, and we’ve assembled several delectable recipes that provide more health benefits than our traditional game day foods.

Get inspired to incorporate more great tasting healthy food with these recipes!

  • Mini Pumpkin-Crust Pizzas – Give your pizza a seasonal, healthy twist. This recipe is free of milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy, making it allergy-friendly while still tasting great.
  • Baked Egg Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce – These mini egg rolls feature two deviations from a traditional egg roll recipe. First, they are baked rather than fried, typically a healthier choice. Second, we’ve replaced the shredded pork with thinly sliced seitan, a plant-based protein source derived from wheat. Your guests won’t think twice about grabbing seconds of this vegetarian snack.
  • Ceviche con Tostones – Ceviche is a fresh and delicious seafood dish that works perfectly as an appetizer for game day. It’s also quick to whip together and presents beautifully when scooped onto tostones (plantains).
  • Roasted Root Vegetable Flatbread – This recipe is simple as it only uses six ingredients (aside from water, oil, salt and pepper): carrots, parsnips, onions, flour, yeast, and Pecorino Romano cheese. Because root vegetables are high in the vitamins and minerals they absorb from the ground, they’re an excellent source of fiber, B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin A.

Want a healthy chip option for your game day spread? These beet chips are the perfect crispy snack. Plus, beets have an impressive nutritional profile as they are high in folate, potassium, and magnesium.

(Yield: 24 pieces)


  • 6 ounces beet (1 small), peeled, sliced into 1/8 inch thick rounds with mandolin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking Instructions


  1. Heat oven to 200° F.
  2. Combine beets in small bowl with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Transfer beets to Silpat and bake until crispy, about 2 hours.