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For as long as I can remember, I’ve had some type of food fest on Super Bowl Sunday. My grandmother was not a serious football fan, but she enjoyed watching the big game and we’d always have something tasty to eat, whether it was hot wings, pizza, or both. That woman really loved hot wings. She’d be thrilled that we can still enjoy them during our keto Super Bowl Sunday feast!
When I had my own children, I kept up the tradition — even when we were living in Canada and couldn’t see all of the great commercials! Of course, with a family that has grown to include six children and dietary needs that have changed over the years, I’ve added a few new dishes to what Granny and I enjoyed as a pair all those years ago.
Now, my youngest boy has to eat gluten-free, my oldest daughter is a vegetarian, and my younger daughter has adopted a keto lifestyle along with me. We find that the keto diet is great for helping manage our anxiety. While I definitely make sure that everyone has what they need (and my oldest brings some of her own food!), my Super Bowl Sunday menu is now dominated by meat! Here are some ways our family celebrates the occasion:
Show Your Spirit
No matter what you’re putting into your body, the outside needs to reflect some team spirit! Even though our teams didn’t make it to the Super Bowl this year, you can be sure that Josh will be representing the Miami Dolphins while I’ll be showing love for my Seattle Seahawks! That’s okay, boys. We’ll get ‘em next year!
We take it pretty seriously, too. It’s not just shirts, jerseys, and hats — it’s socks, mugs, and even outerwear. We can’t leave the boys out of the action either. Our little trio will be running around in Dolphins and Seahawks gear — no matter who’s playing!
Keto Appetizers for Super Bowl Sunday
Want something for the pregame but need to skip the chips and salsa? While it’s absolutely your choice whether to jump off the keto train for a few hours (we do it on vacation!), there are ways that you can keep game day keto-friendly. With a few tweaks, some old favorites will do the trick!
Finger foods are a big thing on Super Bowl Sunday, and you won’t have to miss out! Here are some things you can try:
- Pigs in a blanket – Our recipe uses fathead dough to keep it low carb. They are easy to make and so delicious!
- Meatballs – Buy the frozen ones (check the nutritional labels!) and reheat in minutes or make your own. If you want to include breadcrumbs, replace the traditional ones with ground up pork rinds. Simple!!!
- Mozzarella sticks – make your own by coating cheese strings with almond flour and cheese.
Wings, Wings, Wings!
What’s Super Bowl Sunday without a platter of the Best Low Carb Air Fryer Wings?! It’s hard to find a food that’s more perfect for the keto diet because they’re naturally low in carbs and high in fat! Plus, it’s so easy to exercise portion control with individual wings. As long as you don’t add sugary sauces to them (like honey barbecue!), you can load up and not feel guilty.
Our recipe is so simple, especially because it’s so easy to just throw them in an air fryer. We actually have three different models: Yedi Total Package Air Fryer Oven, GoWise Digital Air Fryer, and the Power XL. Sometimes, all three of them are going at the same time!
Personally, I like to keep it simple and add just a few seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder) before topping with Frank’s RedHot Hot Buffalo Wings Sauce. Sometimes, I’ll even add a little melted butter to my Buffalo sauce for added fat and flavor. It’s so good. Just don’t forget the napkins!
If you go with store-bought sauces, always read the labels to check the macros before slathering anything onto your wings. Yes, even if you’ve used it before. My mind is always blown by how sneaky these companies can get with added sugar. It’s so sad that sugar is in everything these days!
Are you a vegan or vegetarian keto eater who is skipping the meat? No problem! Check out this recipe for Cauliflower Wings. You’ll love them!
Low Carb Super Bowl Sunday Chili
There’s nothing quite like a big pot of simmering chili during the Super Bowl! It smells so good, and just feels like exactly what our bodies need to get through the big game. It helps that the pigskin action happens in the middle of winter, so chili is the perfect way to warm up.
There are a few ways you can enjoy keto-friendly chili on Sunday Bowl Sunday. You can pour yourself a bowl (dip into it with celery or these easy low carb crackers!) or even ladle it over hot dogs. Top with sour cream and green onions, and you’ve got a low carb, high fat dream come true. Yum!
I prefer to ground turkey in my low carb/keto chili recipe, but you can use any ground meat — just keep in mind that ground turkey and chicken might throw off your ratios. Poultry has a lower fat content than beef, so you may need to adjust your macros for the day!
Focus on cutting carbs and boosting fat on Super Bowl Sunday, but don’t forget to add some veggies to your plate! Not only is it great to add variety to your diet, but the fiber could feel good after a day of gorging on meaty recipes. While you can certainly grill up on asparagus or roast some Brussels sprouts, why not make it easy on yourself and serve some raw goodies?
For the Super Bowl, cook up something good as your main dish, and then stick with celery, cucumber, cauliflower, or even broccoli to serve on the side. A nice hearty salad with a high-fat dressing (check the label for sugar!) can also fill you up! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the action. Let’s go!