What are the best snacks to eat while watching TV? That’s easy. All the best TV snacks have three specific qualities in common.
They taste great. You can munch them by the handful without taking your eyes off the screen. And they’re not hugely destructive to your health.
And here’s the best part. We have the 5 best TV snacking options laid out in this list. So, enjoy your next Netflix binge to the fullest with these guilt-free(ish) TV snacks.
1. Microwave Popcorn
First, here’s a snack for those who are worried about their TV antenna installation cost. But we’re not talking about money. We’re talking about the cost to your health from all the TV snacking you’ve been doing.
Microwave popcorn is hands-down your best snack option for long TV binge sessions. It’s mostly air, so it’s very low in calories. Plus, it counts toward your daily value of whole grains.
It’s also premeasured in single-serving bags to make it even easier to watch your calories. And some varieties are purposely made lower in fat than others. When shopping, choose bags with a calorie count that suits you.
2. Low-Fat Candy
Sorry, but there’s no truly healthy option in the candy category. There is, however, a huge difference in calories between different types of candies.
Specifically, fat has more calories per gram than sugar. So, choosing low-to-no-fat candy options will significantly lower the calorie count of your TV snacking binge.
Some of the best/most popular options are:
In general, anything without chocolate is usually lower in fat.
3. Dark Chocolate
Yes, we know what we just said about chocolate. But if you can’t curb your chocolate craving, at least choose dark chocolate.
Cocoa itself is packed with antioxidants, healthy minerals, and other important nutrients. Dark chocolate has a higher concentration of these nutrients because it contains more cocoa than milk chocolate.
Thus, there are loads of scientifically proven benefits that you gain from consuming dark chocolate in moderation. You can also use it to coat fresh, healthy berries for party trays. Just remember that it’s still technically candy—one that’s very high in sugar, fat, and calories.
4. Chips and Salsa
Chips and salsa are an oldie but a goodie, and more versatile than you might think. With your favorite premade salsa onhand, this is literally the easiest TV snack you could make. Or, for those who love preparing fresh food with their favorite show in the background, make the salsa from scratch.
Plus, who ever said that tortilla chips are the only salsa-worthy option? Experiment with other combinations like potato or pita chips.
5. Veggie Trays
Veggie trays are as versatile as chips and salsa and possibly a bit healthier. These can also be made from scratch or purchased fully-prepared from the store. Choose your favorite dressing or dipping sauce and enjoy your daily value of vegetables (and then some).
Best Snacks to Eat While Watching TV
Easy, delicious, somewhat healthy—that’s our recipe for the best snacks to eat while watching TV. When the munchies attack, and the commercial break’s almost over, reach for one of these simple snacks.
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