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Healthy aperitif: 10 recipes for a healthy aperitif

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When you know that a 33cl beer is worth almost 200 calories, the equivalent of a nice slice of brioche, you think twice before refilling during the aperitif. Ditto for the cocktails, which are real calorie bombs (600 kcal for a piña colada).

So, to take full advantage of these moments spent with loved ones without feeling guilty with each swallowed sip, we think of light tapas and alcohol-free aperitifs, as delicious (or even more so) than traditional punch and other glasses of white wine.

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First thing to do: choose the right foods. We limit those that are rich in sugars, salts or fats, and we opt for healthy and light products that we season according to our desires. We prefer:

  • The lean meats (turkey, poultry, chicken, etc.);
  • The lean cheeses (goat log, fresh cheese spread, feta, camembert, etc.);
  • The chewable vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, cauliflower… They will act as appetite suppressants and will largely satisfy your appetite. We also think of fruits, which have their place in an aperitif!

In the same spirit, you can swap the usual bread for toast with slices of vegetables (cucumbers, zucchini, etc.) on which you can choose: salmon, shrimp, crab, defatted ham or chicken breast. If you want bread at all costs, avoid white bread and we choose wholemeal bread or crunchy buckwheat, quinoa, chestnut sandwiches…

We are quickly tempted to turn to fatty and rich sauces to dip the vegetables to eat. Prefer lighter sauces : fromage blanc and fromage frais, eggplant spread, hummus, light yoghurt sauce with lemon…

Side biscuits aperitifs, we forget the processed products, packed with trans fatty acids and salt. You can replace them with almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts… or even vegetable chips, sweet potatoes…

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10 light and fresh tapas recipes for a light aperitif

Idea n°1: toast of roast beef with horseradish

Ingredients for 4 persons :

4 slices of country bread
60 ml light cream
2 tbsp. c. horseradish
8 very thin slices of roast beef
Rocket

Mix the fresh cream and horseradish. Fill the slices of bread with this mixture. Place the arugula on top, then 2 slices of roast beef. Taste.

Idea n°2: baked corn chips

Ingredients for 4 persons :

8 corn flour tortillas
Oil
Paprika

Preheat the oven to 160°C. Lightly oil one side of the tortillas. Sprinkle with paprika. Cut into several pieces. Place the tortilla pieces on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool. Taste.

Idea n°3: garlic and herb toast

Ingredients for 4 persons :

1 chopstick
Oil
1 clove of garlic
60g parsley
60g chives
60g basil

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Cut the baguette into several slices. Rub each slice with garlic and pour a little olive oil. Chop the herbs. Sprinkle the sandwiches with the mixture and bake for 7 minutes.

Idea n°4: marinated pepper toast

Ingredients for 4 persons :

1 red pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
4 slices of bread
60g fresh cheese
Herbs of Provence
Basil

Preheat the oven to 240°C. Cut the peppers into quarters and deseed them. Roast under the broiler until the skin of the peppers blackens. Peel the skin off the peppers and cut them into strips. Toast the slices of bread, spread with fromage frais and place the slices of peppers. Sprinkle with Herbes de Provence. Add a little basil.

Idea n°5: salmon polenta diamonds

Ingredients for 6 people:

4 potatoes
500ml chicken stock
85g polenta
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
100g smoked salmon
20 cl of goat’s milk yogurt
2 tbsp. c. lemon zest
Oil
Dill

Peel and chop the onion and garlic. Brown them in a pan with a little olive oil. Steam the potatoes and pass through a potato masher. Bring the broth to a boil and stir in the polenta. To mix together. Leave to thicken for 10 minutes without ever ceasing to stir. Add garlic, onion and mashed potatoes. Spread in a square and oiled cake pan. Leave to harden in the refrigerator. Unmold the polenta and cut it into several diamond shapes. Brown them in a pan with a little oil. Cut the salmon into strips. Mix yogurt, dill and lemon zest. Spread the polenta with this mixture. Place the salmon on top.

Idea n°6: homemade hummus

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Ingredients for 4 persons :

400g canned chickpeas
3 tbsp. at s. tahini (sesame paste)
1 clove of garlic
1 lemon
3 tbsp. at s. olive oil
1 C. c. cumin powder
Salt
Pepper

Blend the chickpeas in the blender. Add the tahini, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, cumin and 3 tablespoons of water. Mix again. Put the preparation in a bowl. Salt, pepper.

Idea n°7: homemade tzatziki

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Ingredients for 4 persons :

1 cucumber
2 Greek yogurts
1 clove of garlic
1 C. c. olive oil
3 sprigs of mint

Cut the cucumber into small dice. Chop the mint and garlic. Mix all the ingredients and keep cool.

Idea n°8: homemade tapenade

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Ingredients for 4 persons :

150g of black olives
25g salted anchovies
½ lemon
2 cloves garlic
1 C. c. capers
1 C. at s. fresh thyme
20 cl of extra virgin olive oil

Desalt the anchovies by rinsing them for 5 minutes under running water. Mix the olives, capers, anchovies, thyme, garlic and the juice of half a lemon until the preparation is smooth. Continue to mix while slowly pouring in the olive oil.

Idea n°9: tomatoes coated with herb-whipped cheese

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Ingredients for 4 persons :

1 punnet of cherry tomatoes
150g whipped cheese
4 sprigs of chives
50g of sesame
50g poppy seeds
50g lumpfish roe

Wash the cherry tomatoes. Roll each tomato in cream cheese. Sprinkle a third with chopped chives, another with poppy and sesame seeds, and the last with lumpfish roe.

Idea n°10: prepare your own olives

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Ingredients for 4 persons :

200g pitted green and black olives
1 small pickled red pepper
Marinated Peppers
100 g feta cheese, cubed
2 cloves garlic
1 lemon
Herbs of Provence
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper

Place the olives in a large bowl. Add the chopped garlic, lemon juice, olive oil. Add the chilli and pepper cut into strips, then the feta. Salt, pepper. Add the Provence herbs. To mix together.

Healthy aperitif: which drinks to choose?

Alcohols usually consumed as an aperitif often weigh very heavily on the scale. The higher the degree of alcohol, the higher the energy intake… If you want to avoid caloric drinks, stay away from beverages such as whisky, vodka, beer, martini or muscatel… And if you want to give yourself a glass, prefer champagne, light beer, red wine or dry white wine.

Light drinks will not quench your thirst because they do not quench your thirst. Water, on the other hand, whether still or sparkling, does the job very well and will prevent you from overeating.. We often confuse the feeling of hunger with the feeling of thirst, so drink plenty of water!

5 light and alcohol-free aperitif cocktails for a healthy aperitif

fruity water

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Rest: one night
Calories for 20 cl: 10kcal (if you don’t eat the fruit)

Ingredients for 4 persons :

1 liter of water
2 nectarines
1 lemon
A few mint leaves

Preparation :

Wash and cut the nectarine into quarters. Cut thin slices of lemon. Pour the fruit and mint into a carafe previously filled with water. Leave to rest in the refrigerator for at least one night. Stir the preparation when serving.

Tip: If you find the mixture a little too bland, you can add 5 cl of cane sugar syrup. You can also vary the pleasures with red fruits, ginger or even cucumbers.

Iced tea

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Rest: 5 hours
Calories for 20 cl: 50 kcal

Ingredients for 4 persons :

1 liter of water
2 bags of green tea
2 tbsp. at s. agave syrup
1 lemon
1 peach
A few mint leaves

Preparation :

Infuse the tea bags for 2 minutes in water at room temperature. Add the lemon juice, the agave syrup and the peeled and quartered peach. Leave to rest for at least 5 hours in the refrigerator. Just before serving, add a few mint leaves and ice cubes.

Advice: To change from the traditional ice tea peach, replace the green tea with 2 sachets of mango or raspberry infusion. You can also add a little cane sugar, as in a classic tea.

watermelon smoothie

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Rest: 0 minutes
Calories for 20 cl: 85 kcal

Ingredients for 4 persons :

1/3 watermelon
15 strawberries
1/2 lemon
1 unsweetened yogurt
A few mint leaves

Preparation :

Mix the watermelon cut into pieces, the washed and hulled strawberries, the juice of half a lemon and the yoghurt. Serve immediately and garnish with a few mint leaves.

The virgin mojito

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Rest: 0 minutes
Calories for 20 cl: 70 kcal

Ingredients for 1 cocktail:

2 cl of preparation for mojito
2 lime wedges
1 C. c. brown sugar
5 mint leaves
20 cl of sparkling water
Crushed ice

Preparation :

Make the cocktail directly in the glass. Squeeze the lemon by hand over the glass and place the wedges in the bottom of the glass. Add the mint. Crush gently with a pestle. Add mojito mix, sugar and crushed ice. Pour in the sparkling water and mix gently.

Punch without alcohol

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Rest: 2 hours
Calories: 116 kcal per glass

Ingredients for 4 persons :

40 cl of orange juice
20 cl of lemon juice
20 cl of pineapple juice
10 cl of strawberry juice
Grenadine
1 orange
Ice cubes

Preparation :

Pour all the juices into a salad bowl type container and mix. Pour the punch into 4 glasses. Add a dash of grenadine per person and garnish with an orange slice.

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