Keep your World Cup snacks healthy!

It’s KICK-OFF today for the Soccer World Cup in Brazil Legend of Zelda Wild Breath! For many fans it’s going to mean a lot of TV-time. Whether you’re counting calories or trying on the LCHF lifestyle for size, there’s every reason to give your soccer snacks some thought. Here are some ideas:

  • Biltong and Droëwors – always popular with the omnivores. Just remember to mix it up with some fresh vegetables, because biltong is often contains a lot of salt.
  • Avocado – slice an avocado in half and season with salt and pepper then eat straight from the avocado skin. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds to pack it with even more nutrients.
  • Bacon. Put 1 or 2 rashers of bacon in a microwavable bowl, cover with kitchen paper and microwave on high for 2 minutes (depending on your microwaves power). Crumble this over green salad, or over sliced avocado.
  • Full fat cottage cheese on top of cucumber rounds with some crumbled crispy bacon on top.
  • Eggs. Boil a clutch of them and keep them in the fridge for easy snacks. They keep for up to 3 days.
  • Tuna is a great snack. Mix with mayonnaise for a bigger snack/lunch, and try different flavours of tinned tuna, but read the nutrition label as many are high in added sugars.
  • Greek yoghurt – add a sprinkle of nut muesli and/or add a spoon of coconut cream.
  • Nuts and seeds, but choose the right nuts. Cashews are the highest in carbs, almonds are low while also being high in calcium and iron. Check nutrition labels for bags of nuts as they often contain raisins, dried fruit or added flavourings and sugars.
  • Dark chocolate. The higher the cocoa content, the more health benefits, so buy 80% and above dark chocolate. Bitter chocolate is better as you’re more likely to eat only 1 or 2 squares and really appreciate it.
  • Antipasto platter. Make a small plate of a selection of pate, cheeses, raw vegetable sticks, ham, salami, peppers, olives, etc. Use cucumber slices instead of wheat/rice crackers.
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Remember to get up and move during half-times – enjoy the SWC!