You might think you have to stop eating when watching TV – that completely curbing snack time is the only way to lose weight. But that’s not necessarily true! Before you quit your beef jerky habit cold turkey, consider switching to these lighter snacks when watching your favorite shows.
Veggies & hummus
With dozens of different flavors to choose from, hummus is one of the best snacks for binge-watching. From roasted garlic to red pepper to olive tapenade, there is truly a hummus for everyone. Plus, hummus is bursting with plant-based protein, fiber, and a ton of beneficial vitamins and minerals. Ditch the pita bread or crackers and scoop with a vegetable to make this a guilt-free snack. Cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, and crisp bell peppers are particularly yummy!
What’s a movie night without popcorn? While you may not be able to make popcorn totally nutritious, you can at least make it less unhealthy… so you can munch through the whole movie! Skip the microwave popcorn, and instead, buy or make air-popped popcorn without oil, salt, or artificial flavoring. Instead of dousing your popcorn in butter, get creative by adding things like hot sauce, cayenne pepper, or a little bit of grated cheese. Feeling adventurous? Add pickle juice to your popcorn — it’ll add a zesty zing to your favorite flick!
Banana ice cream
Do you prefer sugary over salty? You don’t need to give up your sweet treats! Banana ice cream will become your new favorite healthy snack for binge-watching at your next at-home movie night. Puree a few frozen bananas in your food processor or blender, and then add in your favorite flavors with ingredients like cocoa powder, peanut butter, berries, and vanilla-flavored yogurt! Try different blends until you discover your favorite combo. Regardless of pairings, banana ice cream is an excellent way to sneak extra vitamin C and potassium into your diet.
When it comes to lip-smacking snacks for watching TV, potato chips are usually at the top of the list. Of course, scarfing down a bag of potato chips isn’t exactly nutritious. If you’re looking for a savory alternative, salted edamame might be the perfect substitute. Boil the beans for about five minutes, toss them with a pinch of coarse salt, and you’re ready to go! Edamame is low-calorie and packs a punch of fiber, protein, iron, and vitamin C. Just don’t go too crazy on the salt!
Still craving chips? Don’t let the name scare you away — kale chips are delicious and taste nothing like a salad. Plus, they’re incredibly easy to make! Toss pieces of kale with olive oil and your seasonings of choice, like salt, onion powder, chili powder, and pepper. Then spread the kale on a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, turning them halfway through, and voila! You’ve got crispy, crunchy, healthy chips for your snacking pleasure.
Veggies & guacamole
If we’re being honest, tortilla chips are just vessels for guac. Why not replace them with something healthier, so you can have even more of the good stuff? Fresh red pepper is a delicious alternative to salty chips, and it’s low-calorie. Peppers are full of antioxidants and vitamin C, too. Cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, and celery also taste great with guacamole — but really, what doesn’t?
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