12 Better-For-You Opening Day Recipes


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. 

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12. Baked Buffalo Chicken Bites

No opening day party is complete without wings—luckily these are of the healthier variety. 

Get the Baked Buffalo Chicken Bites recipe here.

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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.

Get the Salsa-y Black Bean Guacamole Dip recipe here

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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.  

Get the Turkey Meatballs recipe here

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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.

Get the Spicy Tuna Tacos recipe here

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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. 

Get the Veggia Lasagna recipe here

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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. 

Get the Mushroom Burger recipe here

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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. 

Get the Five-Bean Chili recipe here.

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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. 

Get the Crispy Chicken Fingers recipe here

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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. 

Get the Sweet Potato Chips recipe here

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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. 

Get the Sweet Potato Fries recipe here

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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. 

Get the California Flatbread Pizza Squares recipe here

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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.

Get the Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Skewers recipe here

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