Tips to avoid binge-watching guilt

Published 1:25 pm Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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 re- leased an entire season at a time is transforming the way Americans watch TV. The flip side of this conve- nience 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 aver- age binge-watching session clocks in around 5 hours. The same survey found that more than two-thirds of people prefer healthy snacks to fuel their mara- thon 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 exer- cise 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 in- clude 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 solu- tions 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 serv- ing and save the rest for later.

5. Get creative to satisfy cravings. Instead of reach- ing 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 fa- vorite show and then enjoy.

Fruity Flatbread

Ingredients

Pre-made flatbread crust Broccoli rabe
Cooked, chopped turkey

bacon
Mandarin oranges

Directions

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

Peach Parfaits

Ingredients

Low-fat yogurt Granola
Sliced peaches Mint

Directions

In a cup or jar, alter- nate layering yogurt, gra- nola and chopped peaches. Top with mint and serve immediately.

Brightened Up Caprese Salad Ingredients

Fresh mozzarella cheese Sliced peaches
Fresh basil
Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste Balsamic glaze

Directions

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

Avocado Toast

Ingredients

Avocado
Whole-wheat bread Sliced peaches
Salt
Pepper
Crushed red pepper flakes

Directions

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

Ingredients

Whole-wheat tortilla Spinach
Mandarin oranges Cooked chicken, chopped

Yogurt-based dressing of choice

Directions

Lay tortilla flat and add spinach, oranges and chick- en. Top with dressing. Fold, cut and serve.

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

Tropical Fruit Salsa

Ingredients

Tropical fruit
1 white onion
1 bunch cilantro 1 jalapeno
1 lime, juiced Tortilla chips

Directions

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

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