5 Tips to avoid binge-watching guilt

Dozens of streaming video providers are making it easier than ever to watch the TV programming you want when you want it, and exclusive programming released an entire season at a time is transforming the way Americans watch TV. The flip side of this convenience is a surge in binge-watching, which can have some negative side effects, including binge eating.

When your favorite show is available back-to-back, it’s easy to let substantial blocks of time get away as you watch “just one more” episode to follow the twists and turns of the plot. In fact, according to a recent survey by Dole, the average binge-watching session clocks in around five hours. The same survey found that more than two-thirds of people prefer healthy snacks to fuel their marathon viewing.

Treating yourself to an occasional binge session may give your brain a well-earned break, and it’s easy to do many forms of exercise in front of the screen. The trick to keeping your binge-watching session in check and getting rid of the guilt is to exercise good habits when you head to the kitchen.

  1. Opt for snacks that include valuable vitamins and minerals.
  2. Keep your kitchen stocked with ingredients such as high quality, ready-to-eat Dole Jarred Fruit so you can create quick and easy snacks with a serving of fruit in between episodes or during a commercial break.
  3. Look for quick solutions that help trim prep time and skip the cutting, peeling and mess.
  4. Avoid waste or spoilage with convenient, re-sealable lids that let you use what you need for a single serving and save the rest for later.
  5. Get creative to satisfy cravings. Instead of reaching for cookies or cake, dip fruit in melted chocolate and pop it in the freezer. Let it sit while you watch a few episodes of your favorite show and then enjoy.

Find more quick and easy snacks that can be made during a commercial break at dolesunshine.com.

Fruity Flatbread

Pre-made flatbread crust

Broccoli rabe

Cooked and chopped turkey bacon

Dole Jarred Mandarin Oranges

Cover flatbread with chopped broccoli rabe, turkey bacon and oranges.

Peach Parfaits

Low-fat yogurt

Granola

Dole Jarred Sliced Peaches

Mint

In cup or jar, alternate layering yogurt, granola and chopped peaches. Top with mint and serve immediately.

Brightened Up Caprese Salad

Fresh mozzarella cheese

Dole Jarred Sliced Peaches

Fresh basil

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

Balsamic glaze

Arrange alternate slices of mozzarella and peaches. Sprinkle fresh basil, season with salt and pepper, to taste, and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Avocado Toast

Avocado

Whole-wheat bread

Dole Jarred Sliced Peaches

Salt

Pepper

Crushed red pepper flakes

Slice avocado in half, remove pit and scoop out avocado into bowl. Smash until desired consistency.

Toast bread, layer with avocado and top with peaches. Season with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes.

1-2-3 Chicken Wrap

Whole-wheat tortilla

Spinach

Dole Jarred Mandarin Oranges

Cooked chicken, chopped

Yogurt-based dressing of choice

Lay tortilla flat and add spinach, oranges and chicken. Top with dressing. Fold, cut and serve.

Substitution: Preferred greens can be added in place of or in addition to spinach

Tropical Fruit Salsa

Dole Jarred Tropical Fruit

1

white onion

1

bunch cilantro

1

jalapeno

1

lime, juiced

Tortilla chips

Chop 2 cups fruit, dice onion, chop cilantro and seed and mince jalapeno.

Combine ingredients and stir in lime juice. Serve alongside tortilla chips.

Share This:

Related Posts

Beyond the Flame Just ask any dad, he's sure to agree: a perfectly seasoned steak flame-kissed to perfection is one of the great pleasures of summer grilling. This Fat...
Uncaring or uneducated? Pregnant mothers blase abo... Pregnant mothers are seemingly unconcerned about the effect their diet could have on their child's future allergy risk, with new research hi...
Urinary catheter gets FDA clearance Adapta Medical received FDA market release for the PerfIC Cath intermittent touchless urinary catheter. The sterile catheter system was designed by J....
Pipino (Vegetarian Food by Pino): Creative vegetar... “We know how hard it is to be a vegetarian in this country, and we believe that you should be able to go into a restaurant and not have to worry a...
Where to Satisfy that Vegetarian Sweet Tooth PETA's Top 10 Vegan Desserts in Manila With studies showing that a full 90 percent of Filipinos are lactose intolerant, the demand for dairy-free des...
About the Author

Zest Magazine accepts contributions promoting everything about living the good life (and how to make this so). C'mon, give us a yell.

Leave A Response