We all love to eat nachos, potato chips, chocolate, and other nibbles while watching an exciting movie. But now the unhealthy snacks are over! Here are five alternatives that you can easily prepare at home and enjoy without a guilty conscience.
The days are getting shorter, the film and television evenings longer. So sitting on the sofa in front of our favorite streaming platform is a good idea. However, this also increases the desire for unhealthy snacks considerably. Fortunately, there are alternatives that not only taste good but are also rich in many “good” nutrients. The snacks that contain fiber are particularly healthy in the evening – they promote better sleep.
Anyone who thinks that popcorn is fundamentally unhealthy is wrong. Rather, it depends on the preparation. It is important not to buy ready-made popcorn from the supermarket or cinema. It contains many fats, sweeteners and flavor enhancers that make puffed corn unhealthy in the first place. So it is best to prepare the popcorn from popcorn – a special type of corn that is dried and has a harder shell – at home. Then the popcorn contains a considerable amount of fiber and antioxidants. However: Depending on the additive, it of course also has some carbohydrates, which is why you should also enjoy the DIY variant in moderation.
All you need to prepare is a coated saucepan and you’re ready to go:
Fill the pot with popcorn until the bottom is covered.
Put the lid on the coated saucepan and turn the stovetop on.
Now move the pot a little so that the grains don’t burn. When the first popping noises can be heard from the pot, switch the plate off again.
As soon as there is no more popping, the healthy popcorn is ready. Now refine it with spices or simply enjoy it pure!
Artichokes for dipping
Artichoke is one of the low-calorie foods. It stimulates digestion and is a great snack for dipping. A whole here can become too much for a single person, so it’s perfect for sharing. For the following snack, however, you need a little more ingredients and time. To be precise: an artichoke, salt, water, lemon juice, a saucepan, and olive oil are needed for the vegetables and the appropriate dip.
Bring the water in the saucepan to a boil and add salt and lemon juice.
Wash the artichoke well, break off the stem, cut off the tips of the artichoke with a knife and immediately drizzle with a little lemon juice. This prevents the leaves from turning brown.
Put the artichoke in the boiling water and cook 35 to 40.
Mix a little olive oil, lemon, and salt to a dip – and the artichoke is ready for snacking during your favorite movie!
The Japanese soybean edamame is arguably one of the healthiest, fastest, and tastiest TV snacks there is. Edamame contains hardly any fats and calories, but they do contain a lot of protein. You can find the Asian snack in almost every Asian market in the deep-freeze department. All you need is the frozen beans, a saucepan, water, and a pinch of salt:
Bring a saucepan with water and a pinch of salt to a boil.
Put the pods in the pot and cook according to the instructions on the package.
Drain the edamame and sprinkle with a lot of coarse sea salt.
When you eat, you just put the whole pod in your mouth and pull out the small soybeans with your teeth.
Apple wedges with peanut butter
There are also sweet and healthy TV snacks – including apple wedges with peanut butter as a dip. When it comes to peanut butter, it is important that you choose a sugar-free variant that consists of 100 percent peanuts. Then the delicious spread is a unique source of protein, rich in healthy fats and fiber, and thus helps to stimulate fat burning in the evening. All you need for a quick and healthy evening snack is an apple, peanut butter, a plate, and a knife.
Cut the apple into wedges.
Unscrew the peanut butter jar and place the peanut butter on the plate.
Dip the apple in the peanut spread!
There are also healthy alternatives for chips – also in the form of pumpkins to match the season. The autumn vegetables impress us with their high levels of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. To prepare the pumpkin nibbles, you need a pumpkin, olive oil, salt, possibly other spices, and an oven with a baking tray.
Wash, peel, and quarter the pumpkin, remove the seeds and then cut into very thin slices. This works well with a bread slicer, for example.
Place the chips on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper without laying them on top of each other; then spread some olive oil on top.
Bake the pumpkin nibbles well at 150 degrees Celsius and put a wooden spoon between the oven door.
Halfway through the cooking time, turn the pumpkin and let it bake.
Now sprinkle with salt and spices – and bite into it!