How to keep healthy for staying up late to catch World Cup game

15/06/2010

Early in the dawn, many parts of Beijing is still quite alive as thinking and chinking of glasses and cheering mingled with the sound of Vuvuzelas coming from the TV sets filled in the air. It is the great opportunity for our football fans around the world to celebrate the World Cup soccer extravaganza in the greatest global party.

Fans Gathering cheering

Fans Gathering cheering

However, you could not spoil your health by grasping the rubbish foods with watching the football games. The typical snacks include:

1. Beer or Code

Tsintao Beer for World Cup

Tsintao Beer is the most popular beer in China

2. Fried Peanut

Fried Peanut for World Cup

Chinese people will never drink the beer without Fried Peanut

3. Instant Noodles

Instant Noodles for World Cup

Instant Noodles for World Cup

4. Popcorn

Popcorns for World Cup

Fans always purchase the popcorn in the supermarket or booths.

5. Crackers

Crackers for World Cup

Crackers for World Cup

If you are also eating the above five snacks for the World Cup, you are out! You should not eat the bargain bucket of rubbish food to chew on nervously when your team is playing. Telly snakcs don’t always need to be istant noodles or fried peanut and tins of rubbish fizzy stuff.

Here, I collect another five telly snacks for the World Cup. They are easy to make, good for you and delicious.

DIY Popcorn - delicious and healthy

DIY Popcorn - delicious and healthy

1. Popcorn – DIY

Popping your own popcorn is easier than you may think. By doing it yourself it will be fresh and you can control the amount of salt and sugar you put in.
Popcorn is full of energy, high in fibre and has lots of iron, vitamin B and plenty of protein in it aswell. Go easy though and don’t eat a portion the size of a small suitcase.

DIY Chips: Healthy and Delicious

DIY Chips: Healthy and Delicious

2. Corn chips and dips

Like popcorn, corn chips have similar nutritional values because they are both corn. Obviously, they are processed and should be eaten in moderation. Tortilla chips are put through a process called, ‘Nixtamalization’. This process increases their nutritional content and gives them that unique flavour.

Dip them in some hummus, which is a fantastic source of protein, B6 and fibre. Or try crushing up an avocado, which has lots of good fats in it with finely chopped tomatoes. Together with corn chips they make the perfect all round telly snack.

an assorted fresh fruit for World Cup

an assorted fresh fruit for World Cup

3. Dipped fruit in dark chocolate

Now, I don’t want any comments about me throwing chocolate into the mix. It is well documented that dark chocolate with 70% cocoa solids in moderation has many health benefits. Studies suggest that eating a little dark chocolate can help reduce blood pressure. PERFECT for an England game.
Melt some dark chocolate in a bowl on some hot water. Then dip in some strawberries and pineapple pieces. Pop them onto a tray with grease proof paper on it and put in the fridge at the start of the game. By half time you wont care what score it is.

Soy Bean for World Cup

Soy Bean for World Cup

4. Edamame beans (Soy Beans in pod)

For those of you who fancy a savoury snack, Edamame has to be in the starting line up. Simple to prepare and will totally satisfy that hand to mouth nervous eating disorder that watching your team brings. High in good fats and fibre and a great source of protein this power packed Japanese snack is a big winner.

nuts for world cup

nuts for world cup

5. Nuts

If your getting through a few beers or glasses of red during the match, the old favourite, a packet of nuts, has to be on the list of top healthy telly snacks. Nuts are rich in the right fats, protein, minerals and vitamins. Here’s the catch, don’t eat salted or dry roasted or nuts that are covered in any rubbish.

One last thing, if you are snacking watching the footie on telly, make sure your main meals reflect this and keep the portion sizes small.