Peggy, Week 9: 5 Snacks That Don’t Sabotage Your Diet

Basic Popcorn Recipe

When you pop in a good movie or cozy up on the couch to watch your favorite TV show with the family, it’s natural to want to snack on something. But that hand to mouth gesture can leave you with hundreds of empty and unwanted calories that keep you out of a smaller pair of jeans. So I came up with a list of things I can chow on without feeling as guilty. Maybe you’ll find them useful too.

If you mindlessly eat salty treats in front of the TV, try:

Celery and peanut butter: Just make sure you measure a tablespoon or two of peanut butter on a plate. If you bring over the jar, you can really pack on the calories and fat!

Carrots with light ranch dressing: I know, it’s not as satisfying as those ranch-flavored triangle tortillas, but they’re a better alternative at the end of the day!

Popcorn: Pop kernels in a brown paper bag standing upright in your microwave. Try adding toppings for a flavor boost like cinnamon sugar, dry ranch dressing mix or taco seasoning.

If you want something sweet on the couch, reach for:

Frozen blueberries or grapes. Perfect, especially when the temperature spikes.

Fresh fruit cut up in squares with yogurt dip. I use a 4-ounce container of light vanilla yogurt. Great with berries or melon!

What are some of your favorite guilt-free snacks? Post a comment and tell me here.