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Enjoy an aperitif without compromising on a healthy diet

Nutrition / 23.07.2020
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The aperitif - that relaxed, friendly moment that we love so much which often precedes a lovely meal with friends and family, but which also often turns into a nightmare if we are trying to maintain to a healthy diet!

Crisps, snacks and peanuts...  If you read the labels, all these products seem to be competing to be the one with the highest levels of salt, saturated fats and processed ingredients! How about just not being tempted? This is not that easy because aperitif time is often when your stomach is crying out for food! There is the option of cherry tomatoes or carrot sticks...but people are often concerned about flavour, practicality and even user-friendliness.
In this article, we offer you the chance to treat yourself to an aperitif without having to choose between flavour and a healthy diet!

 

1 Choose an aperitif which is healthy and full of flavour!

Enjoying some complex carbohydrates as an aperitif means you can feel satisfied quickly and can stop the persistent urge to refill indefinitely - as is often the case when gorging on potato crisps or peanuts.
With this in mind, the new ‘Apéritif’ range from Le Pain des Fleurs offers products you will adore. These tasty and digestible crispbreads are available in a range of unique flavours:

With an excellent score of B on the Nutri-Score, these crispbreads fulfil the promise of a healthy aperitif. With just the right amount of salt and low in fat (no added fats), they are so delicious that you could easily forget to add a topping before serving.

 

2 A colourful plate

Now taste is sorted, let’s take a look at presentation. An attractive presentation allows you to appreciate and enjoy your aperitif with a clear conscience, but also to keep an eye on the amount you are going to eat. We can suggest some colour combinations to enhance the natural colours of our crispbreads. 

Here are a few ideas to make your crispbreads even more mouth-watering: 
On your Apéritif Coconut Curry crispbread by Le Pain des Fleurs, try out some beetroot hummus. It is very easy to make. Just mix traditional chickpea hummus with some cooked beetroot.
This is a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds. A few black sesame seeds will give the final touch to your creation.

On your Apéritif Onion crispbread by Le Pain des Fleurs why not try a black olive tapenade with a few baby sprouted radish seeds as a final flourish.

Here is an easy recipe for black olive tapenade: 

  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 300 g of pitted black olives
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons (according to your taste) of capers and their vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 5 cl of olive oil

1.    Peel the garlic clove, cut it in half and remove the sprout.
2.    Place the garlic, olives, capers, lemon juice and olive oil in a salad bowl and mix until you create a fairly thick purée. Your tapenade is ready! It can be kept in jars for a few weeks in the refrigerator. On your Apéritif Tomato Paprika crispbread by Le Pain des Fleurs, you can add some guacamole - the combination of avocado, tomato and paprika is perfect.

 

3 Drink

All too often, the classic mistake made with high carbohydrate/caloric aperitifs is with drinks that are too sweet or too alcoholic. We suggest that you try these two small, light, alcohol-free cocktails (if you've already tried tomato juice and sparkling water/lemon!).

The ‘Fresh Apple’: 
Serves 4:

  • 60 ml of apple juice with no added sugar
  • One and a half limes
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 60 ml of sparkling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of coconut sugar

Squeeze one lime into a jug. Cut the remaining half into slices for decoration.
Add ¾ of the washed mint leaves, the apple juice and the coconut sugar. Allow it to rest for two hours in the refrigerator.
Just before serving, rub the rims of the glasses with a mint leaf, then fill them half full with crushed ice.
Fill half with the infused (and filtered) apple syrup and half with sparkling water.
Decorate with a slice of lime, a mint leaf and enjoy!
 

Iced lime tea:
Serves 4:

  • 1 litre of water
  • 2 tea bags
  • 2 untreated limes
  • Coconut sugar

Bring the water to boil in a pan. Add the lime zest and the tea. Sweeten more or less according to your taste. Allow to rest for about 5 mins. Remove the bags and leave to cool. Serve with a few ice cubes

 

We hope that these few ideas will inspire you and that you will enjoy these little tips for savouring your aperitif without compromising on a balanced diet! 

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