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Hearty, Healthy Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday

By Alea Lester and Haylee Kurtzweg, YWCA Registered Dietitians
January 25, 2019
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Tacos, chili, cookies and more! Looking for alternatives to serving the traditional nachos, cheese dips or buffalo wings at your Super Bowl party? A fun, healthy Super Bowl party is possible. YWCA dietitians offer some easy recipes for yummy, healthy treats your friends and family will love.

Pumpkin, Black Bean and Poblano Pepper Tacos

Everyone loves tacos and this vegetarian option is great for meeting special dietary needs, but even your meat eaters will enjoy this dish. The filling can be made ahead of time to make game day prep even easier. Although this recipe only makes 8 tacos, it can be multiplied to make enough for any size party. Each serving of 2 tacos (1/4 cup filling in each) has approximately 240 calories, 46g of carbohydrates, 8g of protein and 5g of fat.


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 poblano peppers, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) black beans, rinsed & drained
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 8 corn tortillas, warmed

Radish Slaw:

  • 1/2 cup shredded/julienned fresh radishes
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 lime, juiced

Optional toppings: Queso fresco, crumbled and/or Creamy Pumpkin Seed Dressing


  1. In a skillet over medium heat, sauté oil, poblanos, chili powder and cumin for 2 minutes.
  2. Add pumpkin, beans, salt and pepper and sauté another 3-5 minutes, until heated.
  3. Make slaw: Combine radishes, cilantro and lime juice.
  4. Spoon about 1/4 cup warm pumpkin mixture into each warm tortilla. Top with radish slaw and optional toppings.

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

This slow cooker turkey chili is a healthier alternative to traditional chili, while not skimping on the savory flavor. It is easy to prepare and can even be cooked overnight so that it is ready no matter what time the party starts. Plus, you can simply double the recipe to meet the hunger needs of an even bigger party. This recipe serves about 6-8 people, with approximately 300 calories, 25g carbohydrates, 23g protein and 8.5g fat per serving.


  • 1 lb ground turkey (low fat)
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 can (15oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15oz) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans (15oz) beans (whichever type you prefer, pick no salt or low-sodium and rinse well before using)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add turkey and cook until evenly browned. Add chopped peppers and onions and cook until start to soften.
  2. Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray; add the turkey, pepper and onion mixture, as well as all the other ingredients and mix until well combined.
  3. Cover and cook for 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.

Healthy Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Complete your Super Bowl party table with a little something sweet. These banana oatmeal cookies will satisfy your sweet tooth while not breaking the added sugar bank. The best part is that you only need one bowl and a baking sheet, so clean up is a breeze. These crowd-pleasing cookies only have 90 calories in a serving of 2 cookies and 16g of carbohydrates, 3g of protein and 2g of fat.


  • 3 bananas, ripe
  • 2 Eggs, whisked
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1⁄2 cup chocolate chips or raisins (Optional)
  • 11/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas with a fork until no longer lumpy. If bananas aren’t very ripe, a hand mixer may be used. Stir in eggs, oats, chocolate chips, and vanilla.
  3. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  4. For each cookie, spoon about 2 tablespoons of cookie mixture (or more depending on how big you want the cookie) onto the cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

*If batter seems a little dry, add a little milk to moisten.

Variations: Instead of chocolate chips add raisins or craisins. Chopped walnuts are great in these cookies.

Of course, a football-shaped veggie tray with hummus or another favorite dip is sure to be a hit, too! Our dietitians can offer more healthy recipes, build a plan to help you and your family eat healthier each day and offer advice personalized to fit your life.