No matter who you’re rooting for (or against!), Super Bowl is a great excuse to get together with friends and stay up a little later than you should on a Sunday. Whether you’re more excited about the game, or the commercials, there’s one thing everyone shares equal enthusiasm for – the food!

Now don’t get me wrong, I think chicken wings and a cold beer are mandatory on Super Bowl Sunday. But when a dried out celery stick dipped in blue cheese is the only vegetable in sight, that’s a recipe for starting the week off on the wrong foot. You don’t want to feel deprived, especially during a traditional celebration, but you don’t want to wake up feeling awful Monday morning either.

These whole food takes on Super Bowl favorites are packed with nutrients, flavor and can be made in advance so you won’t be distracted from the game, or the commercials!

Pumpkin Chipotle Chili courtesy of an Avocado a Day Nutrition

Recipe and photo courtesy of an Avocado a Day Nutrition

Truffle, Rosemary and Garlic Popcorn Did you know popcorn is a whole grain? Dress it up with an addictive blend of garlic, rosemary, truffle oil and a pinch of sea salt.

Vegan Chile Cheese Dip courtesy of Delish Knowledge

Recipe and photo courtesy of Delish Knowledge

Vegan Chili Cheese Dip: Since I first discovered this dip a couple years ago, it’s become a regular staple at our tailgates, mainly because people ask me to make it every time! Rather than using a fake vegan cheese, this dip uses a rich and creamy blend of nut milk, cashews and nutritional yeast with plenty of spices and salsa for heat.

Sweet and Spicy Guacamole courtesy of immaeatthat Healthier Eats

Recipe and photo courtesy of immaeatthat Healthier Eats

Sweet and Spicy Guacamole: Right up there with mandatory Super Bowl chicken wings and beer is guacamole. If you’re not a guacamole purist, this version spiked with crunchy spicy almonds, caramelized pineapple and feta cheese, looks incredible.

Healthy Deviled Eggs courtesy of fannetasticfood

Recipe and photo courtesy of fannetasticfood

Healthy Deviled Eggs: Using creamy Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise is one of my favorite healthy cooking hacks. Try it in deviled eggs and no one will know the difference!

Pumpkin Chipotle Chili courtesy of an Avocado a Day

Recipe and photo courtesy of an Avocado a Day Nutrition 

Pumpkin Chipotle Chili: When it’s chilly outside, you’ll want chili inside – your belly! This hearty chili manages to pack in three different vegetables – zucchini, tomatoes and pumpkin. Try it with ground turkey, lean ground beef or crumbled tempeh for a meatless version.

Breakfast Cornbread Muffins with Caramelized Ambrosia Apples courtesy of Min (MJ and Hungryman)

Recipe and photo courtesy of MJ and Hungryman

Caramelized Apple Cornbread Muffins: No bowl of chili is complete without cornbread. These sweet and savory cornbread muffins spiked with caramelized apple and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese would make a delicious next day breakfast too.

 Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip Recipe

Recipe and photo courtesy of Meme at LivingWell Kitchen

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip: You can never have enough dips on Super Bowl, so why not do a dessert dip! This naturally sweetened dip made with dates, nut butter and a secret ingredient tastes just like chocolate chip cookie dough.

What are you making this Super Bowl Sunday? Share in the comments!

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