So you’re feeling pretty health conscious with the holidays behind you. No more meals out with friends and family for a while. No more fattening appetizers and excessive cheese platters. But just when you think you’re in the clear: BAM! It’s football playoff season, and you’re right back to where you were in December. Don’t let the playoffs pull you off of your diet this year. Try these tasty substitutes for your favorite football foods:

Instead of salty Buffalo Chicken dip and chips…

Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks

Replace those salty chips with celery for an instant upgrade.


Instead of unhealthy Banana Bread…

Baked Oatmeal cups

With these easy-to-freeze bite-sized 202 calorie cups, they are an easy, healthy substitution for sugary banana bread.


Instead of antibiotic-pumped buffalo chicken wings…

Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

It’s the flavor you crave. Put it on something healthier and you’ll never miss the meat.

Instead of sugary ice cream…

Berry Frozen Yogurt

It’s cold. It’s creamy. And this stuff is actually good for you. Nothing lost here.

Instead of greasy Mozzarella sticks…

Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks

You’ll still get that crunchy, cheesy flavor you crave, but without the fried food after effects.

Instead of crazy calorie Nachos…

Skinny Bell Pepper Nacho Boats

No one needs all those nachos! Make it more manageable and healthier with this nacho-inspired appetizer.

Instead of fattening FRENCH fries…

Zucchini fries

Crunchy and perfect for dipping. So long fatty French fries!

Instead of unhealthy potato chips…

Oven Baked Zucchini Chips

Everywhere they go, potato chips leave grease and shame. Avoid both with this healthy alternative.

Instead of soggy Tater Tots…

Broccoli Tots

Just like when you were a kid, only now you can wash them down with your favorite (light) beer.

Instead of overstuffed Sandwiches…

Cucumber, turkey and hummus roll-ups

More fun to eat and much healthier too. Top it with all kinds of meat and condiments and you’ll still be better off. There are often hundreds of calories hiding in sandwich bread along.

Instead of more cookies…

Apple Cookies

Post-holiday, no one needs more cookies. Kids will even go crazy for them.

Also see, 10 healthy slow-cooker meals to make this month

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.