For Major League Baseball fans, Opening Day is one filled with the greatest of superstitions and the tastiest of treats. But those treats don’t have to wreck your diet.
From better-for-you wings, to healthy twists on classics like chips and guacamole, we bring you 12 healthy and delicious alternatives for your slate of opening day appetizers and entrees.
12. Baked Buffalo Chicken Bites
No opening day party is complete without wings—luckily these are of the healthier variety.
11. Salsa-y Black Bean Guacamole Dip with Baked Lentil Chips
An interesting spin on a game day classic, load up your guac with low-calorie spicy salsa and high-protein black beans to make it both hearty and healthy. Substitute salty chips for baked ones to but even more unwanted fat.
10. Turkey Meatballs
They may not be how your grandma made them, but trust us; turkey meatballs are a fine filler. Serve up some ground turkey breast at your opening day feast and you will save 100 calories and 7.5 grams of fat per 4 ounce serving.
9. Spicy Tuna Tacos
Not everyone is a fan of tuna, but once this flavor-packed concoction (that melds tomatoes, chilies, and cilantro) touches your tongue, you will keep coming back for more.
8. Veggie Lasagna with Meat Sauce
Don’t worry; it tastes just like the real thing! And the best part about it? Veggie lasagna is filled with fiber, as well as tons of protein.
7. Mushroom Burger
Most of us think of mushrooms as condiments, so what they heck are they doing as the base for a burger? Fact: A sautéed mushroom is a savory centerpiece for a flavorful burger, especially when it’s cooked with onions, garlic, white wine and vinegar. One of these bad boys packs 15 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and just 380 calories.
6. Five-Bean Chili
This five-bean chili is a five-star recipe! Beans are packed with protein and fiber, and make for a good vegetarian option on your opening day menu.
5. Crispy Chicken Fingers
Finger licking good! Now don’t get the wrong idea, these chicken fingers aren’t doused in teriyaki or buffalo sauce, but they’re still delectable. Made with egg whites, and whole-wheat breadcrumbs, you’re not just getting taste, but 21 grams of protein as well.
4. Sweet Potato Chips
Don’t settle for bad-for-you, discounted potato chips from your grocery store. This opening day, whip up a batch of sweet potato chips, and soak up the many benefits of this fiber-rich vegetable.
3. Sweet Potato Fries
Much like the sweet potato chips, sweet potato fries are an excellent compliment to any opening day mea whether it’s a burger or vegetable chili.
2. California Flatbread Pizza Squares
Flatbreads definitely don’t make you any manlier than that Adele CD hanging out on your coffee table, but they’re a nice light option for gameday, especially when baked with whole-wheat dough and low-fat mozzarella cheese.
1. Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Skewers
Save the excess fat that fried chicken is drenched in and forgo the breadcrumbs with this combination of protein and all-natural vitamins.