World Cup season is right around the corner, and we all know what that means—hours spent in front of the TV or at bars, cheering for our favourite teams. While engrossed in these games, it’s normal keep our hands and mouths busy with constant snacking. Bad news for you snackers—this unconscious snacking can lead to unwanted weight gain, especially if you’re spending the entire month sitting down to watch the games.
However, you don’t have to give up snacking completely! With a few healthy tweaks to your favourite snack food, you’ll be well on your way to having a fun and healthy World Cup Season. Here are 8 healthy snack alternatives.
An undisputed favourite, popcorn is a staple snacking food for young and old alike. This healthy Dorito Popcorn Recipe is dairy free, gluten free, vegan, and is seasoned with nutritional yeast and natural spices. The author of the recipe is an avid Doritos fan and swears that it tastes just like the real thing.
Peanut Butter M&Ms
If you’re a snacker with a sweet tooth, this one’s for you. Store-bought candies and chocolates often come with unwanted chemical sweeteners and artificial flavouring, making it less than ideal. If you can’t bring yourself to stay away from sweet treats, try this Homemade Peanut Butter M&Ms recipe. Vegan as well as gluten-free, you won’t be able to resist these bites of goodness.
Baked Sweet Potato Chips
When it comes to potato chips, it’s common to finish half a bag, if not the entire bag, in one sitting. As chips don’t keep you full, you might just end up ingesting a lot of empty calories. However, if you’re still determined to get your chip fix, try this Baked Sweet Potato Chips recipe instead! As baking requires less oil than frying, it also ends up containing fewer calories.
“Taquito” literally translates into “small taco”, and is traditionally a rolled-up tortilla filled with a filling, usually beef, chicken, or pork, and then deep fried. In this Keto Taquito recipe, the shells are made of cheese instead, making it extra sinful but still low-carb! The taquitos are then baked, which also reduces calories.
A quintessential bar food, nachos are usually quite unhealthy due to the deep-fried tortilla chips being drenched in copious amounts of highly fattening cheese. Try a healthier alternative with fitness superstar Kayla Itsines’ Healthy Nacho Recipe. Made with natural corn chips and low-fat cheese and yogurt, you’ll be able to snack guilt-free all night.
Let’s be real, french fries are the epitome of sinful snack food. Between it being drenched in oil and solely comprising of carbohydrates, it doesn’t exactly score highly with any health-conscious person. However, with this Healthy Baked French Fries recipe, you’ll be able to enjoy fries with a little less guilt.
You can’t have snacks without a drink to wash it all down! With soda being the drink of choice to accompany savory snacks, it’s rather alarming that a can of coke contains 9 grams of sugar per 100 grams of coke. Try this healthy Ginger Beer recipe as an alternative instead! Made of 100% raw ingredients (except for the carbonated water), this simple recipe will have you forgetting all canned alternatives.
A snack platter isn’t complete without a side of chicken wings. As you assemble snacks in anticipation for the first match of the competition, try your hand at making this Roasted Chipotle Wings with Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce recipe. Oven roasted rather than deep fried, it’s healthy without compromising taste and flavour.