One of my New Years Resolutions was to see my girl friends more often. Living away from each other and only having the weekends free makes meeting up difficult. Well, I am pleased to say that my resolution is getting off to a good start, my girls are spending the weekend at mine for the first time since I moved away from London! With the Christmas period indulgence not yet a distant memory and my other resolutions being to lose weight and save money, I am going to suggest we have a healthy night in.
It’s always fun to have a night in with your girls and have a good old catch up, especially when you haven’t seen each other in a while and with two of my friends engaged, there is a lot to talk about! However, the choice of snacks and drinks can make the night just as unhealthy as if you were to hit the town. The next time you get your friends together, why not lay off the wine and finger foods and have a healthy night in using my guide below?
A DVD Boxset – This one doesn’t need much explanation. I was going to go for the typical Friends or Sex and the City boxset (I can never tire of watching these) but instead I went for something new. I have never seen Girls before or really know much about it, but the description ‘The assorted humiliations, disasters and rare triumphs of four very different twenty-something girls’ sounds very much like the lives of my girls and I!
Face masks – I love a good face mask, especially face masks with friends. It’s always a giggle when you cover your face in clay or green slush and go from looking like Beyonce to Shrek in 10 minutes. Give your skin a great start to the New Year with a cleansing and hydrating face mask.
A Slanket – Keep warm whilst still being able to use your arms and hands with a slanket. I thought they were a naff idea until I got one! I spent most, if not all of Christmas wrapped up in a slanket on the sofa whilst still being able to tweet and shop the boxing day sales – Heaven I tell you.
Urban Fruit Dried Fruit – To satisfy your sweet tooth, reach for fresh or dried fruit. Be careful though as dried fruit can have added sugars and bad ingredients – that’s why I love Urban Fruit, they don’t add sugar, oils, sulphites or concentrates to their fruit. Plus they bake them at low temperatures to retain all the good stuff.
Popchips – Swap your toffee popcorn and Pringles for popchips, crisps that are never fried or baked. A packet of popchips is less than 100 calories and half the fat of fried crisps. No fake flavours, colours, preservatives, hydrogenated oils or msg… Put down those bad crisps & pick up a packet of popchips.
Bounce Energy Balls – If you’re planning a more active night in (dancing to Mariah whilst singing into a hairbrush counts as active, right?!) then try out the Bounce Energy Balls. Nutrient-dense balls packed with quality carbs, proteins and heart-healthy fats, they make the perfect snack to fuel a long night.
Lay off the alcohol
Alibi Sparkling Health Drinks – Alibi drinks are a lightly sparkling fruit juice blend, packed with 19 essential vitamins, minerals and natural herbal extracts. They are designed to hydrate, replensih and support your bodies natural defences. Sweetened with stevia, they make a much better choice than a glass of prosecco.
Smoothies – Freshly made smoothies are a much better choice than store bought juices or cordial as they have no artificial ingredients and retain the fibre from the fruit and veg. Thanks to my brand new Nutribullet I am going to be treating anyone who comes round mine with a fresh, homemade smoothie. Whether they want one or not… you have been warned, friends and family!
So that’s what I have planned for my healthy night in, thanks to Alibi Drinks for gifting me a box full of everything I’d need. What entertainment, snacks and drinks would you want to have for a healthy night in? Let me know in the comments below.