What to snack on when reading a book or watching a movie?

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Posted: 28 Jun 2011, 12:13
One thing I struggle with is that I love to munch munch munch (nom nom nom) while reading.

For whatever reason, I just really crave food while reading, and again (but less) while watching movies. I usually give in at the theaters and get popcorn, but when reading I'll just go through any junk in the house.

Ideas for healthy finger-food snacking while reading?

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Posted: 28 Jun 2011, 12:15
Chew gum? Get you some sugar free gum with Xylitol. That way, you are making your smile brighter at the same time.
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Posted: 28 Jun 2011, 12:28
Get an air popper! Air popped popcorn has minimal calories. Just skip the butter and salt!
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Posted: 28 Jun 2011, 12:33
Air popped popcorn is great at home, but could be a bit messy with a book once you add some toppings. I love a small amount of light butter and parmesan cheese, but they also make some other great toppings you can buy. Grapes or berries are bite-sized or you can have apple slices or celery with peanut butter. I think they sell packets of little cheese chunks or you can just go with string cheese or turkey pepperoni slices. For something sweeter, sugar free werthers last a long time without many calories.
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Posted: 28 Jun 2011, 12:50
I found when I started to try to lose weight that snacking was one of my biggest problems. So I have tried to eliminate or cut down on what I call mindless snacking and concentrate on eating consciously. I read a diet book that suggested that everything should be a meal one should sit down and eat every time and not do anything else while eating - now that may not always be possible but I really have tried to think about this issue and worked to change my habits around food. I still have snacking moments but I have tried to make rules around then like - not when I drive, not when I watch TV, not when I websurf etc.

Not saying that you may not find something that works for you better and that is enjoyable. Just put it in there for an idea.

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Posted: 28 Jun 2011, 12:56
First, get rid of the junk!!! Losin gave great advise, chewing gum is a good Idea! Keep water in hand at all times. I think that having real meals will reduce your need to snack but unsalted shelled sunflower seeds would be good and like gnat and mammasix said air popped popcorn is better than any other type of popcorn. You could try eating celery and carrots.

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Posted: 28 Jun 2011, 13:09
I am with liv001 --- break the snacking habit. Do not even bring or keep snack foods in the house or if you share the house with those who have to have the snack foods then make a pantry for yourself. Only eat from YOUR pantry, commit to it and do not lie to yourself. Eat deliberately at meal times ...
You are not asking "what genre book should I read at meal time? " because that would be a bit compulsive to need to read at mealtime, likewise it is compulsive to need to eat during activities like reading, watching tv etc etc -- that is behavior that works against us

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Posted: 28 Jun 2011, 14:18
I've tried the chewing gum approach - and eventually my jaw starts hurting. Will try keeping a drink nearby instead of snacks - but I really do like to snack while reading. I do have a microwave air popper for popcorn, don't use it that much, will give that a try again.

I agree that it would be better if I stopped snacking completely, but I'm not sure I can sustain that, so thought it would be better to come up with alternatives to the junk I do eat.

Thanks for the comments, all!
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Posted: 29 Jun 2011, 00:42
Dropping snacking altogether may not be possible but healthier is always an option. Rice cakes are great for this in my opinion. Start with the flavored ones but if you want to stop then blander is better. Just make sure you don't have alternatives in the cupboard.
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Posted: 29 Jun 2011, 04:10
I allow room in my "food budget" for snacks, and here is my favorite:
This is what I do when I feel that I NEED snacking, during movies etc.
I have made a chili oil - Basically get hold of some dried Bhut Jolokia chili peppers and some vegetable oil. Warm the vegetable oil until it's hot but not "smoking" (to kill bacteria in it and thus make it longer lasting), and let it cool down until just warm. NOT hot, as the chili peppers will then burn when you put them in, and you don't want that. Blend the chili peppers to a powder (handle them with utmost care and remember to wash your hands after!) and put it in the oil. Re-bottle the oil and let it sit for a few months.
This chili oil will be SCORCHING hot, but oh, so deliscious.
I use it to do make snacking oil popped popcorn. Sure, they are oil popped but they taste amazing, and trust me you will not eat that many.
If they are TOO hot, simply go half and half chili oil and vegetable oil.
Enjoy. Be warned - they're kind of addictive. Smile
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Posted: 29 Jun 2011, 04:56
pork rinds!

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Posted: 29 Jun 2011, 05:51
Slice up an apple or other piece of fruit. My go-to is watermelon. If it's salt you're craving, sliced jicama with salt and a little cayenne or cajun seasoning will help that. It tastes a bit like what a potato chip would be if it were actually good for you. You can also use this method to get your veggie/fruit servings in for the day.
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Posted: 29 Jun 2011, 08:22
thanks for the suggestions everyone! I think I need to do some shopping, and ensure some more healthy snacks are in the house!
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Posted: 29 Jun 2011, 09:45
Cucumber sticks.

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Posted: 29 Jun 2011, 11:29
Have you tried the new snack Stix by Pringles. They come in 3 flavors. I have only tried one, the Honey Butter, and they are great. Only 90 calories, and there are 14 stix to a pkg.

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Posted: 29 Jun 2011, 15:29
I haven't tried the snack Stix, will check it out - but how do you keep yourself from having all the packages at once? Always an issue for me...
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Posted: 30 Jun 2011, 10:04

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Posted: 30 Jun 2011, 10:48
Has anyone else tried the roasted seaweed snacks they sell at Trader Joes and Asian Supermarkets? They are salty, crispy and very low calorie. Kindof like a cross between kale chips (another snacking idea) and nori (the seaweed that sushi is wrapped in). Highly recommended!

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Posted: 30 Jun 2011, 11:43
There's nothing wrong with snacking- it's all a matter of what you're snacking on and if you're factoring it into your daily eating plan. Snacking is actually healthy, you just have to stay away from the junk and watch your portions.
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Posted: 30 Jun 2011, 11:48
Read in the bathtub.... seriously it cuts your cravings to eat because eating in the bathroom is generally not something people do. Also if you factor it into your daily allowance there is nothing wrong with it at all, just plan and watch your portions - stay away from the junk and don't be afraid to try new things for snacks. My mom bought me some Triscuit stix on the weekend, they were Pizza flavoured and they were really tasty and not bad on the calorie side either so maybe give those a try.

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