It’s that time of year again…the time when Americans get together and cheer on men running in tights with a ball! 🏈 

It’s also a time when friends and family get together and eat wings, nachos, and other fun party foods that may throw off your personal health goals. Never fear! This year, we included some popular regional favorites of the big game contenders (San Francisco & Kansas City), then found healthier, homemade alternatives that are sure to be a hit at any gathering.

Remember: don’t stress if you decide to eat the original versions of these foods or other so-called “unhealthy” options available at a party. This is just one day in your health journey, and you’re allowed to enjoy yourself! Some days all we can do is stay hydrated and make time for a quick stroll around the block…and that’s ok. Re-commit to your healthy eating plan at the next meal or the next day, check in to make sure every day isn’t an “exception” day, and most importantly, don’t be too hard on yourself.


  • Kansas City is known for their barbecue! To lighten it up a bit, choose leaner meats like chicken and use a low sugar barbecue sauce. Here is a good low sugar BBQ sauce recipe if you have trouble finding one in at the store.

  • From the west coast town of San Francisco, dig into flaky fish tacos or whip up a healthy version of Spinach Artichoke Dip and serve with some San Francisco inspired sourdough bread. Make sure to check out your grocery store’s bakery for a real whole grain sourdough! Tip: for a traditional sourdough, “yeast” shouldn’t be listed in the ingredients.

  • Guacamole is full of healthy fats from avocados and salsa gives a extra veggie boost, so both are good to include on the table.

  • Looking to add an extra veggie, but still keep in the spirit of the big game? Try this buffalo cauliflower to have with (or instead of!) bufffalo wings. 

  • If you’re looking for something that is slightly unique, we think these rosemary-buttered nuts and this white bean dip with pomegranate are quite tasty, and would fit in nicely with the rest of your game day spread.

If you have any questions, or your own favorite regional dishes, we’d love to hear from you in the Expert Channel in the Brook app! Feel free to reach out with any questions or comments, we’re always happy to talk about food.

Chat soon 💬

Reviewed by Emily Matson, MS, RDN​

on January 27, 2020. Emily is a Registered Dietitian with her Master's degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA, and is one of our Brook Experts.