Colette's Blog

Low Carb Recipes and Tips for the Big Game

Colette-Heimowitz

Written by Colette Heimowitz, M.Sc. on February 2, 2023.

Scientifically reviewed by

Jonathan Clinthorne, PhD Human Nutrition

 

February 2, 2023

It’s game on with these tasty low carb recipes.

Whether you’re all about the game or all about the halftime performance and commercials, the biggest day of the year for football typically involves a lot of food, most likely fried, breaded and otherwise laden with carbs. You can keep your game day celebration low carb with these delicious low carb options for meatballs, pizza, burgers and wings.

Low Carb Barbecue Meatball Bites

These barbecue meatball bites, which are slathered in low sugar barbecue sauce, are ready for the game in a little over 30 minutes. They are easy to prepare and easy to share, and perfect for any potluck.

Chaffle Pizza

A chaffle is a waffle made with cheese, and it can be either sweet or savory. Here, your chaffle serves as the crust for mini pepperoni pizzas topped with melty mozzarella cheese.

Burgers

You can’t go wrong with a juicy burger. Keep it simple and set up a burger bar and let everyone make their own.

Wings

You won’t be winging it with these low carb wing recipes.

11 Tasty Low Carb Super Bowl Snacks

From dips to crisps and cookies, this is low carb game day finger food at its best.

At the Sports Bar? 6 Winning Low Carb Tips for Eating Out

Sports bars can be full of potential penalties, but if you review the menu in advance, you can scope out some potential low-carb options and have your gameday strategy set. Some other tips:

  1. Avoid sauces. Order a dish prepared without sugar or starches.
  2. Watch out for dishes that have the terms “breaded”, “battered”, “crispy”, and, of course, “deep fried”. Look for terms like “roasted”, “grilled”, “pan-fried” or “poached.”
  3. Pare down your portions. Share a dish with a friend or take half home. 
  4. Switch up your sides. Request a side salad or extra steamed veggies instead of rice or potatoes. 
  5. Ban the bun. You can still savor a juicy hamburger; just ask for it without the bun or have it wrapped in lettuce.
  6. Stick with salad. When in doubt, you can’t on wrong with a large salad topped with salmon, chicken or another source of protein.
Colette-Heimowitz

Author

Colette Heimowitz, M.Sc.

Vice President of Nutrition & Education

Colette Heimowitz, M.Sc. is a former Director of Nutrition at The Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine in New York City. With 20+ years of experience as a nutrition expert, the NY Times best-selling author is the current Vice President of Nutrition & Education at Simply Good Foods Company.

More From Colette

May’s Fresh Picks: Low Carb Farmers Market Finds

The best seasonal produce for low carb recipes. Typically, April showers bring May flowers. The month of May also kicks off the beginning of farmer’s market season, starting with colorful vegetables, the perfect complement to your low carb lifestyle. Here’s your curated guide to navigating your farmers market and enriching your plate with May’s harvest.

Read More »

What is Your Weight Wellness Strategy?

Weight wellness is a multifaceted strategy that moves beyond the traditional focus on weight loss to encompass a more holistic approach that involves nutrition, exercise, sleep and lifestyle interventions to keep your body weight at a level that allows you to live an active, happy, productive life. To achieve weight wellness, you must be metabolically

Read More »

A Day in the Life: Atkins 40

A day of satisfying, low carb deliciousness. What’s in Atkins 40 One-Day Meal Plan? If you have less than 40 pounds to lose, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or want to eat a wider variety of food, Atkins 40 is the plan for you. This Mediterranean-inspired one-day plan contains Vitamins C, E, B6 and B12, riboflavin,

Read More »