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TV Snacking: Top 5 Healthy Snacks While Watching TV
TV snacking is one of the major ways through which people put on pounds of weight that could easily be avoided! Almost all of us are guilty of this. You get infront of the TV with a bowl of buttery salted popcorn, or a pizza, or both and munch away mindlessly while watching your usual after-work programs. And when you're done with that bowl of popcorn, you grab yourself another one. It really pains me seeing so many people harming themselves by mindless snacking while watching a boring show (which they really don't have to watch!).
(Although this article is about healthy snacks you can eat when watching TV, do read this interesting article by Amber Colleen; Too Much TV. )
Here is a list of 5 healthy snacks that you could nibble on instead of those high calorie flab-creating foods:
Everyone should be eating more carrots. When taken everyday, carrots can boost up your immune system and help prevent bodily infections. They're good for your eye sight too. Carrots are cheap and you don't have to prepare them in anyway for your daily TV snack, just grab one, wash carefully and nibble away as you provide your body with vitamins to improve the appearance of your skin, hair and nails.
2. Almonds and Raisins
This is actually one of my favorite snacks. There's the fruitiness of raisins and the creamy taste of almonds. Nuts are rich in vitamins and essential fats that will keep you healthy and vibrant. Almonds in particular are great for the skin as they are rich in Vitamin E. So you'll get to avoid junk food and prevent wrinkles - how about that?!
Bananas contain a high dose of potassium, which makes them great for the health of your heart and nervous system. They also contain natural mood enhancers that can lift up your spirits. Chop up 3 medium sized bananas into chunky bites and eat them slowly with a fork while you watch TV.
4. Salted Cucumbers.
If you're craving something salty rather than sweet, you can always opt for cucumbers.
You can chop 2 cucumbers into long finger-sized bits and add a drizzle of salt and pepper; or just get you humble cucumber and dip it into a small dish of salt for every bite. Cucumbers, as a vegetable have absolutely no fat at all and are a good source of fibre to ease constipation. The fresh cooling taste of cucumber is more than welcome in hot summers!
Granted, water is not exactly a snack but it is surely the best way to completely avoid calories while watching TV. Before you sit down for your favorite TV show, fill up a big water bottle with clean water and sip away! Most of us never get enough water anyway. Every time you feel like getting a high fat junk snack, just take another sip of water. Before you know it, you'll be done watching your usual TV, you might go to bed to retire for the day and voila! one day completed with no extra calories!