Five-layer dip, napkins stained with buffalo wing sauce, and far too many beers—that’s what football season looks like for a lot of people. But this season, you can arm yourself with better-for-you eats in hopes of making it to Super Bowl time with your jeans still buttoned.
We took one for the team and chowed down on tons of snacks to identify the MVPs. (It’s hard work, but somebody’s gotta do it…) Here are the ones that made the cut—and why we liked them so much:
When making actual jalapeño poppers is just too much effort, pop open a bag of these jalapeño-flavored potato chips! These thick, crinkle-cut chips are also flavored naturally with ingredients like garlic, parsley, jalapeño, and onion.
This nitrite-free jerky is as real as it gets. Made from hand-cut flank steak, it’s perfectly tender and packed with 12 grams of protein per serving.
3. Chips and Salsa
This Quest Chili Lime Tortilla-Style Protein Chips and Muir Glen’s Organic Medium Salsa combo is perfect for anyone watching their macros on game day. The salsa is made from simple, quality ingredients for feel good dipping, while Quest’s latest protein chips add zesty flavor and a whopping 20 grams of protein.
4. Toffee Nut Butter and Dark Chocolate
If the sweet stuff is more your speed, indulge your sweet tooth with clean ingredients and zero guilt by slathering protein-packed Nuts ‘N More Toffee Crunch High-Protein Peanut Spread onto Endangered Species Chocolate Co.’s Dark Chocolate. This combo is the perfect balance for all the savory snacks likely lining your table.
There’s something really satisfying about licking cheesy goodness off your fingers after a snack. Skinny Pop’s white cheddar popcorn lets you do just that—without any of the usual artificial colors and flavors.
When you’ve been up late watching the game (or feeling groggy after a few beers), a can of PARTYAID is just what you need. The drink provides electrolytes to keep you hydrated and a whole slew of vitamins (including a bunch of Bs, C, and D) to help you bounce back.
Quest’s protein chips satisfy crunch cravings and pack all the intoxicating flavor of sour cream and onion without sacrificing your nutrition. At just 120 calories a bag, they’re fat-free and contain just five grams of carbs—with a whopping 21 grams of whey protein.
If you’re going to treat yourself to some candied popcorn, you might as well get some protein out of it, right? With three grams of fat, 22 grams of carbs, and 10 grams of protein, Icon Meal’s popcorn is a more balanced sweet tooth-satisfier than your average treat. Good luck stopping after one serving!
Our favorite childhood treat just got a healthier makeover. With nine grams of sugar and 15 grams of protein, they’ll satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you full.
More macro-friendly than your average barbecue munchies, Protes’ chips are sweet and spicy, with just four grams of fat and 15 grams of protein.