Do you know of any healthy snacks that go well with beer or wine?
Most snacks are either loaded with tons of fat, sodium, MSG, artificial flavours and colours etc. I like to snack but I would like to avoid as much of the unhealthy stuff as possible. As I am hypothyroid unfortunately I can only eat small amounts of raw vegetables or peanuts. I don't have a popcorn machine and if I try to pop it with very little oil in a pot it usually burns or doesn't pop. I also don't own a microwave. Any tasty and healthy snack ideas would be most welcome.
I often snack on pretzels when I'm having a beer. I buy the old-fashioned sourdough pretzels in a box. Snyder's makes them and Trader Joe's has their own brand too. I dip the pretzels in mustard (pick your favorite variety) for some extra flavor. These basic pretzels are very low (or no) fat and fairly low sodium. Avoid flavored pretzels or small pretzels in a bag that have a lot of extra salt.
The best snack in my opinion to go with beer is nuts of some sort. I have hypothyroidism and can eat tons of pecans. If peanuts are out of the option then I suggest sweet potato chips. They are super healthy but give the feel of eating regular chips. You can add almost any type of seasoning to them while you cook them.
Depends on the wine, but fruit is often great with it. Peeples mentions nuts, which also go well with fruit. Add a little yoghurt, and you've got a health-minded gourmand's delight.
I like to have popcorn with my wine. You can buy it already popped in the potato chip aisle. I'm not sure what the fat/salt content is though. I also like Bare Naked pita chips. And it's easy to bake your own pita chips.
Snacks that go with wine can be pretty much any fruit, depending on the wine. Red wines go good with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, dark and milk chocolate, and cheese. I'd try the white wines with citrus fruits, blueberries, or kiwi fruit. This question is making me wonder if red wines would go good with beef jerky since red wines go good with steak. Hmmmm. Of course beer goes good with nuts, but you can also try grilled veggies with beer. Chips and salsa would be a good try with beer too.
It's predictable but cheese and bread can go brilliantly with both, and if you are willing to invest in some nice cheese. It's not insanely healthy but if you go for less processed, possibly more expensive brands it's definitely less damaging... Or how about home made kale chips? (Lightly oil and salt kale leaves, put in oven at 350c until stiff and brittle)
Definitely aged cheeses like parm, or even softer cheeses like brie.
How about a platter of whole wheat crackers and cheese like muenster or swiss with whole grain mustard for dipping. Or baked tortilla chips with an easy homemade salsa of tomatoes, green peppers, garlic, cilantro, lime juice.
Separate the two.
Healthy companions with beer - chilli. I know. You think that's not healthy. It depends what you put in it. Just because there are tomatoes, spices, beans, onions, peppers, garlic, cumin, and (possibly) meat. It doesn't mean it's bad for you. If you stay away from the cheese and fatty meats, it's a great partner.
Also consider, peanuts. Peanuts, pistachios, cashews, and some of the unsalted nuts are a good protein supplement with plenty of omegas. (Just remember, you're still drinking beer full of maltose.)
As far as wine is concerned - separate that as well - white, red, merlot, chablis, zinfindel, and the dessert wines. The food you have with these wines will have a different taste to a different wine.
You can't lose with a good fruit. Peaches, grapes, oranges, limes, cherries, mangoes, and strawberries are good with white wines. Red wines or merlots are good with more substantial foods. If you must snack with wine, I suggest a bold cheese like provolone - within reason.
Here are several healthy treats I love with beer or wine:
1) Stuffed Mushrooms (very high in potassium)
2) Bruschetta on bagettes
3) Spinach Rolls (rolls with spinach mix inside)
If you are looking for store-bought snacks, explore the Kashi brand. Yes, they are expensive but they create their snacks based on "healthy" not "salt/fat/artificial". They have a wide variety of products so something should appeal to your tastes.
For asians, men usually eat ground nuts with beer or wine to pass time. Besides that, they love roast pork, any snacks that are crunchy, not sweet.
I don't know if hypothyroid rules this out for you, but hummus is amazing with beer. I pair it with Tricuits - whole wheat.
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by Bikash jha 12 years ago
tell me with which i table wine i should start it?
by FredAnthonyGarza 13 years ago
I love caramel rice cakes! Fruit, and raw veggies like carrots and celery are good. One of my new favorites is sun dried tomatoes! Pretzels with mustard are great when you want something salty. I found a raspberry wassabi mustard thats to die for! also have come up with a low fat apple sauce cake...
by cookbloger 11 years ago
Whats your favorite snack food?My personal favorite is cookies and cream candy bars *drools*
by Jenna Ditsch 9 years ago
What are some healthy snacks that are satisfying, taste good, and don't take long to prepare?Looking for some healthy alternatives--bored of the same old carrot sticks and almonds!
by Vespa Woolf 4 years ago
Can children eat food cooked with beer or wine?
by Nina L James 10 years ago
Since I work nights, what are some good, healthy snacks that I can have?I find myself eating and drinking all the wrong things just to stay awake and alert. Any ideas or suggestions would be helpful.
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