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Best Foods to Eat While Watching Basketball

Best Foods to Eat While Watching Basketball

With the NBA season underway and the NCAA basketball season just beginning, both casual and avid basketball fans are beginning to tune into the games.  And whether you’re watching the game from a big screen or on your smartphone with the NBA League Pass App, finding something to eat while you watch can make the experience all the more enjoyable.

That is why, below, we are going to discuss the best foods to eat while watching basketball.  Some of these foods are healthy and some are not, but one thing is for sure, these foods pair great with a game of basketball on any screen and will keep you satiated throughout the game.

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Best Foods to Eat While Watching Basketball


Is there any food more or better associated with watching the big game than pizza?  We think not.  Pizza is one of the most flexible food options and is also one of the most popular ones.  In fact, nearly 350 slices of pizza are eaten every second in the United States and more than 40% of Americans admit to eating pizza at least once a week.

Pizza’s popularity isn’t too difficult to understand.  It can be easily eaten and shared, comes at a relatively affordable price, and is generally large enough to feed multiple people.  In addition, pizza is extremely customizable, allowing for a nearly endless array of toppings.

Lastly, pizza is so popular because it is so complex.  It is sweet, rich, and fatty all in one beautiful slice.  And with its portability and favorite with kids, pizza is one of the most obvious choices while watching a basketball game from the comfort of your home.

Best Foods to Eat While Watching Basketball

Chicken Wings

Messy?   Sometimes difficult to eat?  Overall, absolutely delicious?  Chicken wings are a fan favorite and make a great pairing with the big game.  With a plethora of sauce and dipping options, chicken wings have become one of the most popular gameday meals.

In addition, chicken wings can be easily bought at your local supermarket and are relatively easy to prepare.  Packed with protein, chicken wings are also one of the most fun foods to eat and generally signal a good time.  We love chicken wings and often order them on the side of our order of pizza.

Best Foods to Eat While Watching Basketball

Chips & Dip

There is perhaps nothing quite as satisfying as the crunch produced by biting into a chip.  As the salt rushes into your mouth, you quickly find yourself reaching over for your favorite beverage.  But chips are pretty addictive and make a great addition to the main course.

What’s also particularly great about chips is the nearly endless supply of dips available.  from salsa to guacamole to mango varieties, chips and salsa are iconic in American households and make a great snack or appetizer.

Veggie Plate

While it’s definitely tempting to binge on unhealthy foods, having a readily available veggie plate can make a great addition to any basketball game.  Relatively easy to make and prepare at home, a veggie plate has rich nutritional values. 

Packed with nutrients and vitamins, a veggie plate. Will help you to stay fuller longer.  In addition, with a lower caloric intake, a veggie plate is a great way to reduce your overall caloric consumption while still benefitting from a snack while watching the game.

Best Foods to Eat While Watching Basketball


One of the most classic American meals, sandwiches are the ultimate customizable food item.  In fact, we find it pretty difficult to find a food item that is more customizable than the sandwich.  From the choice of bread to the contents and toppings, sandwiches are not only easy to make but are also delicious.

And if you are having a large group of people over to watch the basketball game, then ordering a few platters of sandwiches can be a great way to provide your guests with options and choices over what to eat.  Relatively healthy, sandwiches are a great meal and will pair perfectly with your chips and dip or veggie plate.

Best Foods to Eat While Watching Basketball

Pretzel Bites

Nothing is quite as comforting as pretzel bites.  Especially right out of the oven, the pretzel bites practically melt in your mouth, begging you for just one more piece.  Pretzel bites are warm, soft, easy, and enjoyable to eat.  Paired with mustard for easy dipping, these appetizers are sure to get your palate going.

Best Foods to Eat While Watching Basketball

Cashews and Nuts

Cashews and nuts aren’t only a great option for your next camping trip, but are also a great addition to your game day feast.  Tasty and convenient, cashews and nuts can also be enjoyed by most people’s dietary restrictions. 

Nuts are also a great source of nutrition, ranging from protein to fiber and Vitamin E, you’ll be eating healthier while enjoying the basketball game.  In addition, nuts are a great source of antioxidants and may even be able to help with weight loss.

Quick note – we recommend double-checking any guests’ allergies as many people are allergic to nuts!

Best Foods to Eat While Watching Basketball


Last, but certainly not least, are brownies.  You definitely want to have some dessert prepared for your guests or for yourself to enjoy after a big meal.  And brownies, rich with chocolate and soft, supple interior batter, are one of the most satisfying desserts out there.

Brownies are also one of the most popular dessert items, perhaps due to their ease of baking.  Relatively inexpensive, brownies can be made from the comfort of your own home and create a pleasurable, long-lasting aroma which is sure to cheer up any family members and friends.