by Chuck CarrollBy Chuck Carroll

Traditional wisdom will tell you there are only a handful of acceptable reasons to serve healthy food at a football party.

1.) You’re a foodie with foodie friends and healthy food is what you do.

2.) You’ve made a bet with your friends to see who can stick with their New Year’s resolution the longest.

3.) You lost a ton of weight and there is absolutely, positively no way you’re going to put it back on.

For me, it’s number three. I lost 260 pounds and can assure you that the occasional stares I get for passing on pizza, chips, and sodas at parties are well worth it if it means I will continue to have a slim waistline.

But, if you’re worried about how you’ll be perceived by your peers and don’t want to be “that” guy or girl, fear not.

As a guy who also covers football for a living (sometimes), you can take solace in the fact that these healthier dishes will go over well with even the most hardened football fan — provided you don’t say what’s in them.


A little shrimp appetizer will prove to be a palate pleaser for everyone. This recipe will make 24 bite-sized beauties and only takes about 10 minutes to prepare.


  • 4 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel)
  • 24 small, round melba toasts or whole-wheat crackers
  • 24 small (60-70 per pound) cooked peeled shrimp (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon pepper jelly

Nutritional Information

Per popper (24 per recipe)

  • Calories: 22
  • Fat: 1 g

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This Mexican style dish serves six and takes 20 minutes to prepare.


  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 1/4 lb extra-lean ground turkey
  • 1 15-oz can low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup, plus 2 tbsp chunky low-sodium salsa
  • 2 cups (packed) romaine lettuce, chopped

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (6 servings per recipe)

  • Calories: 276
  • Total Fat: 2.5 g

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These baked chocolate chip cookies are dubbed as being the world’s healthiest. I encourage you to judge for yourself. The recipe yields 16 cookies and also takes about 20 minutes to prepare.


  • 2 Tablespoon coconut flour
  • 2 Tablespoon mashed banana or applesauce
  • Pinch of salt
  • Stevia or other sweetener, to taste
  • 1/8 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 Tablespoon almond milk, or milk of choice
  • Chocolate chips

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 6 (8 or 9 with a chocolate chip)
  • Fat: 0.5 g

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To learn about how I lost 260 pounds and kept it off, check out some of my other articles. Also, follow @TheChuckCarroll on Twitter.