Air-popped or low-fat microwave popcorn is crunchy and filling, with fewer calories and less fat than more traditional snacks like potato chips or tortilla chips. However, resist the temptation to reach for the butter. Instead, use a butter-flavored spray, and sprinkle on some popcorn seasoning to liven things up.
If you're an avid sports fan and watch a lot of games on television, you might not appreciate the "couch potato" stereotype. However, you can't escape the reality that watching television is a sedentary pastime. If you mix sedentary activities with not-so-healthy snacks, it raises even more concerns. With an obesity rate of about 33 percent in the U.S., sedentary lifestyles and snacking are something many Americans need to think about. The good news is that, with sensible choices, you can still enjoy snacks with your sports.
Fill Up on Low-Fat Popcorn
Go Low-Fat or No-Fat If You Must Have Chips
If you can't stomach the idea of the big game without a bowl of chips, try some reduced fat or fat-free alternatives. Be patient if they seem bland at first. You will gradually get used to them. Also, look for spicier flavors--you probably won't miss the fat as much.
Throw in Some Veggies for Good Measure
For another excellent snack option, try crunchy vegetables like carrot sticks, celery sticks or fresh, uncooked broccoli. Serve them with a low-fat or reduced-fat dip, and you may be surprised at how soon you'll stop missing other snack foods like chips and crackers.
Sweeten Things Up With Sliced Apples
Fruits like apples might not be the first foods you think of when you want a snack. However, once you begin to rediscover fruit, it can quickly become a new healthy habit. Start with sliced apples, served with your favorite flavor of low-fat fruit yogurt as a dip. Caramel dip is another tasty alternative, but use it in moderation to avoid loading up on too much sugar.
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