Snack of the net! Fabulous football food and drinks

11 July 2018 | Healthy living

Sharon Hui is World Cancer Research Fund’s Health Information Manager.

Following the footie is all about sitting down with the family, watching the drama unfold and tucking into a beer and a big bowl of crisps. Right?

Well, maybe not. Whichever team you’re supporting, it’s important to take care of yourself, too. There are 64 matches in a World Cup, and if you watched them all with a beer and a regular bag of ready salted, that would add up to more than 10,900 calories in the crisps and 10,800 in the beer! You’d have to jog for a whopping 40 hours to burn them all off, and even Jordan Henderson might struggle with that …   

But the drinks and snacks you enjoy while watching football – or any other sport you’re into – don’t have to be unhealthy. I’ve chosen some tried and tested treats for any sports fan to tuck into. And if you’re inspired by England’s football heroics, we’ve also got some ideas to keep you active, too.  

Tortilla pizza

Ready in just 20 minutes, leaving you plenty of time to get settled before kick-off: it’s much lower in calories than shop-bought pizza and takeaways, and you can choose your own toppings!

Vegetable fajitas

Loaded with exciting, spicy flavours, you can pack in some of your 5 A DAY without even noticing.

Roasted red pepper houmous and butter bean and almond dips

Chop up some veg and dive into these satisfying dips. Any leftovers can be eaten the next day, if you’ve been too busy celebrating to prepare lunch.

Banana ‘n’ berry ice lollies and strawberry fro-yo

Perfect for a half-time treat.

Time to celebrate?

If you like a drink in your hand as you watch, how about virgin sangria or ginger zinger? Great refreshers to get you into the party mood.

If the excitement gets too much, this cucumber cooler should do the trick. And if you’re celebrating, swap champagne for berry sparkle, with a hint of elderflower.

Check out more healthy recipes, our alcohol calorie calculator and our tips for getting active.

Sharon Hui | 11 July 2018