Adopting a healthy diet in your lifestyle doesn’t mean letting go of flavor. Now that we know how to make the perfect cup of green tea in the previous article, let’s explore the delicious snacks that you can have with your customary afternoon tea.
The focus will be on savoury snacks that pair well with green tea. Also, are healthy and tasty.
Green tea has a fresh, delicate vegetative or grassy flavour to it, which makes it the perfect accompaniment to mildly flavoured foods. You can enjoy it in the confines of your home or on-the-go easily.
Imagine a rich, spicy food paired with subtle green tea. It doesn’t quite work. You want something more full-bodied like a fizzy drink perhaps or strong Masala Chai at the end of the meal.
Green tea’s subtle flavor makes it an ideal companion for delicate food treats.
Here are my top five savoury snacks which taste great with green tea.
1. Cucumber Sandwich
Cucumber are a light, guilt-free and nutritious vegetable. Paired with wholewheat or multigrain bread and light cream cheese or butter, you have the perfect snack to bite into before enjoying your green tea.
The best kind of cucumbers to select are ‘English’ or ‘Hothouse’ cucumbers since they have fewer seeds and thin skin that you don’t have to peel.
How to make: Remove the bread crust, apply a thin coat of butter or cream cheese, place the thinly sliced cucumbers in-between two slices of wholewheat or multigrain bread, and enjoy!
2. Egg Sandwich
These sandwiches are ridiculously easy to make, delicious and super healthy.
How to make: Boil eggs and chop them. You don’t want to chop your eggs too fine else it looks too messy. Remove the bread crust. In a bowl, mix a dash of butter, low-fat cream cheese, salt, white pepper and your roughly chopped hard-boiled eggs well. Apply this mixture in-between two slices of wholewheat or multigrain bread, and enjoy!
3. Sprouts Salad
This lean green mean salad is kind to your health and great for your waistline. It’s easy to prepare, super delicious and satisfying.
How to make: Soak overnight grams of your choice (whole green/ red/black gram) and boil them the next day with 1/2 cup of water for 1 whistle. Finely chop 1 small onion, 1-2 small green chillies, 1 cucumber, 1 carrot, 1 tomato or any seasonal vegetable of your choice and coriander leaves. Mix the chopped vegetables, boiled gram with salt, chaat masala and lemon as per your taste. Enjoy!
4. Chicken Sandwich
A light chicken sandwich is nourishing and fulfilling.
How to make: Combine boiled and shredded/chopped chicken, low-fat yogurt, olive oil, chopped carrots, roughly chopped dry fruits of your choice (raisins, almonds,cashews), lightly roasted cumin powder, curry powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Spread the chicken mixture on your bread, and garnish with cilantro. Enjoy!
5. Tuna Fish Sandwich
Seafood pairs excellently with green tea. Tuna or any fish is great for your brain, helping your memory stay razor sharp, and reduce your risk of heart attack. You should try eating fish at least twice a week.
If you are using canned tuna, opt for a low-sodium version. If you are using fresh tuna, you need to properly cook it by either baking or grilling. You should avoid frying tuna and adding excess salt.
How to make: In a small bowl, flake the tuna lightly with a fork. Mix low fat dressing such as fat-free mayonnaise or hummus or guacamole, with salt and pepper. Spread the tuna mixture on multigrain or whole-wheat bread with a layer of vegetables of your choice such as onions, tomatoes, olives, avocado, carrot, cucumber, or lettuce. Enjoy!
There are many other healthy savoury snack options such as wholewheat or multigrain toast or bun, Homemade vegetarian pizza, steamed or stir fry veggies, and more.
All you need is a solid will and loads of creativity to whip up some healthy and tasty food pairings to go with your afternoon green tea at home or work.
If you have any other snack options, please do write in the comments below.
Chicken, in general, is a decent healthy choice because it’s high in protein, which makes you feel fuller longer and it is my pick!
Very true, Romila! It is a great choice of protein. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and keep stopping by! 🙂
A wonderful post! being gujrati I sometimes opt for khakhraa 😛
Khakhraa is a great option and one of my all-time fave snacks. I love Khandvi and Dhokla too. Yummm! 🙂
Those are great snacks to pair with green tea. Pakodas also make a good pair.
Absolutely, SIndhu! Pakodas and tea are a match made in heaven. But, they pair better with chai rather than green tea. And the focus was on healthy snacks. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
These are some amazing salads and sandwiches that can go very well with green tea!! I am gonna try sprouts salad and cucumber sandwich for sure!! Thanks for this great recipes!!
Thank you so much! Would love to know your name. Yes, I love them too…light and perfect with green tea.
that was mouth watering read. showed to my wife for the breakfast ideas.
That’s lovely to hear, Anurag! Please do let me know which ones you liked. 🙂
Great list of options! Although i do not prefer to eat non vegetarian food with my tea, I know a lot of people who do.
As for me, I usually prefer a club sandwich (buttered and toasted with cucumber, tomato and cheese) to accompany my cup of green tea
Hi Priyanka! That’s a fantastic option.. I would pick that too. 🙂 Thanks for writing in..keep reading.
I am a veg so defintely going for the veg ones for sure. Bookmarked
Glad you liked the vegetarian choices. 🙂 Enjoy 🙂
I know though all the options that you have mentioned are the healthy ones, I would prefer some cakes and cookies too with my afternoon green tea. Enjoyed reading the post.
Totally, Anupriya! Why not! I would too. Apart from healthy, the focus was on savoury snacks. Sweet treats pair well with green tea too.
Loved the simple ,healthy sandwich recipes.Frankly speaking I never even paired green tea with sandwiches or with any other snack option .I love consuming it without any side snacks but would love to try and see how it goes.Thank you for sharing a wonderful idea
I never tried any snack along with green tea. Tina, you gave me an array of choices now.
Great options Tina, would add a few brownies and muffins too in my list 🙂
I love tuna sandwich, Love the idea of pairing it with green tea. Love the blog post too.
Green tea is indeed a great detox and i love roasted nuts and sprouts with it. 🙂
These are indeed good choices for afternoon tea. I guess the sandwich is the most popular one.