Light snacks to enjoy in the evening

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I am definitely not one of those persons who spend their lives dieting and counting calories, but generally speaking, I am health-conscious and the food I eat is very healthy. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy fast food or fatty food every now and then, but the things I like generally revolve around beans, stews and salads.

Recently, I have been searching for healthy snacks to enjoy in the evening, especially if I don’t feel like eating a salad and I just want to nibble on something healthy and delicious. Here are some ideas you can try, they’re perfect for a quick fix:

  • Turkey bacon: unlike ham bacon, turkey bacon is actually very healthy and low in fat and calories, and it tastes delicious! I don’t know if it is sold in all supermarkets, but I get them from my supermarket who orders them specifically for me. They come in slices sealed in packs that you can refrigerate for a couple of months. Put them in the oven for few minutes, until their color changes slightly, and enjoy!

  • Lupine beans: loaded with proteins, they’re actually some dieticians’ favorite snacks! Get the sweet ones from the supermarket because they don’t need as much time as the bitter ones to be ready. Boil them for 20-30 minutes, then soak them in water and keep them refrigerated. You can easily enjoy them the next day, and they can stay in your refrigerator for a couple of weeks, as long as you regularly change their water.

  • Toasted bread with guacamole: toasted bread is a replacement for chips. It has much less salt, is not fried and makes a perfect match with guacamole. For the guacamole, keep it simple. Mix a ripe avocado with lemon juice, salt and white pepper and there you have it.

  • Cauliflower with a cocktail dip: Chop the cauliflower into smaller pieces and enjoy with a cocktail dip. Cocktail sauce is made of mayonnaise and ketchup. It is not very healthy I reckon, but it can be moderately enjoyed every now and then.

  • Roasted potatoes: if you feel like eating chips or fries, replace them by potatoes in the oven. Slice the potatoes thinly, add salt and just brush them with sunflower oil. Put them in the oven for about 30-40 minutes and before they roast, sprinkle herbs, rosemary or paprika over them. It will almost feel like you’re eating fries, minus the guilt.

Do you have snack ideas to share? I’d love to try out new things, so bring your recipes on!