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Healthy TV or Movie Snack Ideas

Mindful Eats: 5 Healthy TV or Movie Snack Ideas

There's no reason to be an unhealthy couch potato, but sometimes you just need an hour or two to veg out in front of a screen and be entertained. Next time you sit down for a Game of Thrones marathon or finally clear the house so you can watch The Bachelorette in peace, opt for a light snack that won't ruin your appetite or mindful eating efforts. Here are some simple, nutritious and satisfying suggestions for any craving.

Nuts about nuts?: Mix 14 almonds (that's about 100 calories and 3.6 grams of protein) with one serving of your favorite dry cereal to make your own filling, but lower calorie trail mix.

For the traditional taste buds: Two cups of plain air popped popcorn packs about 62 calories. Dust with nutritional yeast, your favorite spice, or some salt and pepper for added flavor.

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Craving the sauce?: Three small meatballs with tomato sauce pack 120 calories, which is celery sticks compared to chowing down a whole pizza. Plus, you'll get about eight grams of protein.

So fresh and filling: Serve yourself four tablespoons of Athenos' Original Hummus for just 100 calories and get two grams of protein. Use fresh veggies like cucumber, celery, and carrots to dip and fill you up with fiber.

Need a sweet treat? You can munch on 50 blueberries and take in just 39 calories. Add one container of Fage's Total 0% Greek Yogurt for an added 100 calories and 18 grams of protein.

Do you have a healthy go-to movie or TV snack? Share it in comments!

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GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 5 years
GummiBears - Yeah, I've had the same problem. It's good for you in moderation, but moderation is difficult! You can always try making your own hummus to control the amount of oil that goes into it then add a little chopped celery and roasted garlic as filler. If you add more spices to it, less hummus will go a lot further than some of the delicious, but not quite as flavorful, tubs that you buy in the store.
andrennabird andrennabird 5 years
kale chips are my newest movie snack! even my dorito-loving friend asked me for the recipe last time i made them!
Susi-May Susi-May 5 years
I like to have a big cup of rooibos tea while watching TV. It's hot, so I drink it slowly and it's naturally sweet . . . I know tea is not food, but it sure is a good replacement for dessert.
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
4 tablespoons of hummus is about 100 calories? Yeesh I was eating hummus by the tubs before I got sick of it.
tea-bag tea-bag 5 years
roasted cauliflower heads dusted w/ stevia & cinnamon! they're so addicting! and strangely reminiscent of kettle corn!
Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine 5 years
I love snacking on cherries or pistachios while watching TV. They're more difficult to eat than most finger foods, so I eat them more mindfully!
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