Happy Hour Snacks Made Healthier

These alternatives to your regular fried binges call for a glass-clinking celebration!

Estimated read time: < 7 Minutes

Every Sunday morning, I wake up hungover, queasy and guilty—tasting oil and alcohol in my breath. Not guilty for drinking too much—mind you, never. But guilty for mindlessly snacking on the junkiest foods ever. Oily food and alcohol is a combination that sure is yummy, but does not go well on the tummy. On a long alcohol-ridden night, who cares what you’re eating and how much? You just want something as a chaser.

Guess what, here’s the real game-changer. Snack on healthier options than fish ‘n’ chips, get a better kick on the booze, wake up with an easy (not queasy) stomach, and give up the worry of putting on those extra pounds.

  1. Roasted Chickpeas:
Courtesy: Eat This Much

Put them in a salad, add some garlic to them, toss them with olive oil, or spice them up—they go hand-in-hand with your favourite whiskeys. Half the calories and much healthier than addictive French fries!

  1. Olives
Courtesy: Bok Tower Gardens

It doesn’t matter if you like the black or the green! Just replace the fatty extras like cheese or bacon with cold cuts or peppers. And what can be better than a Martini with green olives?

  1. Fruit
Courtesy: Mom Snack

Okay honestly, there exists no better way to chase your Vodka than with fruit. Sweet, juicy and filling, fruits like watermelon, apples, pineapples, blackberries, blueberries and grapes are best paired with your drinks—and even can be infused!

  1. Pickled crudités with hung curd/hummus/avocado dip:
Courtesy: Half Baked Harvest

Carrots, cucumber, radish—you name any raw vegetable and it goes perfectly well with your liquor! Even better, pickle them up at home, and mellow down the extra sour jitter by drenching your crispy sour veggies in a bowl of hung curd, or creamy green avocado, or even better—hummus dip, and enjoy the healthiest bar snack ever.

  1. Shrimp cocktails:
Serious Eats

Just a dash of cocktail sauce and your shrimps are low-cal and good to go. The best part is that some alcoholic cocktails are actually garnished with shrimps.

  1. Popcorn:
Courtesy: Unsplash

Being a whole grain, it’s a great source of fibre. Besides, technically, even if its drizzled with olive oil or butter, it’s only a handful of calories—WAY lesser than your conventional bag of chips.

  1. Mixed nuts:
Courtesy: Hale Groves

You don’t need too much of these to fill you up, because they’re pretty rich anyway. Cashews, pecan nuts, almonds—grab ‘em, but make sure they’re not too salty. Go for spiced-up ones, because research says they go even better with alcohol.


Image credits: Institute Industry Analyst Relations

Follow Food and Nightlife for latest updates!