Living in Germany means also excepting football… don’t get me wrong I don’t have anything against it (and btw I am not complaining, just because Russia slumped out right at the beginning). I do like to watch a game once in a while, with friends in a bar with beer and nice snacks. But this month it’s just a bit too much. There are days when there are three games per day! So even during the weekdays, it is still possible to watch two games. Apart from the fact, that we are turning into couch potatoes, football is also quite dangerous and unhealthy sport for those who watch it. All, those chips and nuts and cookies… I, therefore, decided to develop an asap emergency plan for the late-night-football-snacks so that we have a variety of healthier homemade options to snack on till the 10th of July.
Here are some of my favorite suggestions for the healthier “UEFA EURO 2016 snacks”:
I think that nowadays, tortilla chips with guacamole can be considered to be classics for any kind of occasion. Making guacamole is so easy, that I have absolutely no sympathy for those who buy it in stores. I think many people already have their own and favorite recipes for guacamole, but I am still pleased to share my version.
2 ripe avocados,
half of red chili (but if you have an extra-hot chili, quarter will be enough)
juice of 1 lime
5 cherry tomatoes
In a blender, or with a fork mash avocados. Slice chilies and cut tomatoes into small pieces. Add salt, pepper and lime juice. Mix everything.
As you see, I don’t add onions to my guacamole, simply because I don’t like them. The classic version, however, includes onions, so if you don’t mind them, you should certainly add a little bit for even better taste.
This time, I served it with pita bread, which I cut into small triangles and toasted in the oven for a bit.
Rosemary Sea Salt Popcorn.
Of course, most of popcorn sold in supermarkets or cinemas is not healthy and is full of trans fats, sugars, and artificial flavors. Even worse is the microwave popcorn since there are studies that show that artificial butter flavoring used in microwave popcorn is extremely harmful.
Natural, homemade, or – better to say – home-popped popcorn is, however, a very healthy snack! Did you know that a single portion of popcorn contains more antioxidants than all the fruit and veg most people eat in a day? Furthermore, popcorn is packed with vitamins and various microelements, such as iron, potassium, and zinc. Last but not least, one cup of popcorn contains only 30 calories. This goes, of course, only for an air-popped corn, and not for buttery purchased versions.
Bottom line, popcorn is super healthy, it just has to be done in a right way! And good news, making it is easy and lots of fun! I found a super method that leaves you with no single kernel burned, and at the same time, with all of them popped.
For a big bowl of popcorn you will need:
1 cup of corn kernels
2 spoons of coconut oil
2 tablespoons of chopped rosemary
sea salt and olive oil
- First, in a small pan heat 3 spoons of olive oil, add 2 tablespoons of chopped rosemary. Sauté for 1 to 2 minutes on the low-medium heat. Don’ t let the rosemary turn brown.
- Add coconut oil and 3 kernels of corn into a large pot (better with a thick bottom) and heat over medium-high heat. Wait till all 3 kernels pop. Then remove the pot from the heat, put in the rest of kernels and sea salt (approx. 1 teaspoon), close with a lid and count to 30. Return the pot on the heat and wait till the corn starts to pop again. Be patient, it will take a while, don’t panic 🙂 gently shake the pan once in a while (in my case it took 2 minutes for all the kernels to pop). When the popping has slowed down, remove it from the heat, open the lid, drizzle with rosemary oil and some more sea salt. Toss well and let it cool down a bit before enjoying.
Sweet Potato Wages
I love sweet potatoes, and I know that I’m not lonely in this love. In my opinion, sweet potatoes taste way better than normal ones. Apart from the fact that sweet potatoes are super healthy, full of vitamin C and low in starches, they also have a nice, comforting texture and such a great taste. Therefore, I suggest for the next late-night snack to replace French fries with baked sweet potatoes wages. Together with feta-yogurt deep, these wages are just amazing!
2 large or 3 small sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon of fresh or dried thyme leaves
2 tablespoons of olive oil
50 grams of feta cheese
100 grams of full-fat greek yogurt
1 small clove of minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon of paprika
- Cut sweet potatoes into wedges. Place on the baking tray. Drizzle with some olive oil. Sprinkle them with thyme leaves, salt and pepper.
- In the oven heated to 200 degrees °C, bake the wages for 30 minutes. Check with the fork. If it’s still a bit raw inside, bake for some extra time.
- For a dip: mix together all feta cheese, yogurt, minced garlic, paprika, salt and pepper.
This is more of an idea, rather than a recipe. I just love Mediterranean food, with Greece, Turkey or South of Spain being among my favorite travel destinations when it comes to food 🙂 Next time when you think about a starter or a snack, check out Turkish or Greek markets and shops. You will find great breads, olives, feta cheese, my favorite dolmades, which are grape leaves stuffed with rice, and many more other interesting mezzes (tapas/antipasti) ideas.
Enjoy the rest of the Championship!