Healthy Netflix bites Healthy Netflix bites

Why don’t they ever have healthy snacks at the movies? The candy bars are swamped with chocolate, chips, butter-lathered popcorn, soft drinks, sugary snacks and more. It’s no surprise that we reach for the same sorts of snacks when we’re watching a movie at home or enjoying some TV time.

Thanks to our fantastic Facebook community we’ve put together a list of some better healthy snack options when you’re on the couch having some Netflix and chill time.

Savoury options

  • Thin slices of fresh crunchy pear or green apple, topped with a sliver of blue cheese or vintage cheddar – a great flavour combination.
  • A mixture of tuna, boiled egg, diced cucumber and a little bit of mayonnaise
  • Wholegrain crackers topped with tomato and low fat cheese or red onion
  • A soft boiled egg with a little bit of chutney – this protein-rich snack will definitely fill you up.
  • Apple slices and celery sticks with low fat peanut butter (just don’t lather it on too heavily!)

Sweet options

  • Fruit salad with or without a splash of yogurt on top – think summer berries, melon, grapes, bananas, mango, stone fruit and kiwi fruit.
  • Frozen fruit: nothing better than frozen blueberries, rockmelon, grapes or banana on a hot summer’s night.
  • A mixture of apple slices, low fat natural or vanilla yoghurt and cinnamon.
  • A small amount of good quality dark chocolate, the higher the cocoa content the better.

Nibbles to share

  • Celery and carrot sticks with some light cream cheese, hummus, tzatziki, tomato salsa or avocado dip.
  • Beetroot chips or vegetable chips made at home in the oven.
  • Mixed nuts with their shells on, like pistachios – it takes longer to get through them, meaning you eat less.
  • Air popped popcorn with a little shake of salt or balsamic vinegar, oregano or chilli flakes for a savoury option.
  • Sliced apple, baked in the oven until crisp.
  • Mountain bread sprinkled with Cajun seasoning and a little oil spray (or even a thin spread of Vegemite), baked in the oven until crisp and broken up into baked chips.

Substantial bites

  • Mini pizzas; wholemeal English muffins or mini pita bread, tomato paste and low-fat mozzarella cheese. Add as many vegetables and herbs as you like!
  • Avocado and chicken sandwiches, made with whole meal bread full of seeds and grains.
  • Corn or rice thins with a spread of avocado, cranberry sauce and slice of turkey – a healthy taste of Thanksgiving dinner!

Better-for-you beverages

  • Strawberries and soda water served in a champagne glass (it’s Gold Class without the calories).
  • A cup of herbal tea could be enough to subside your sugar craving and warm you up the cockles of your heart.

Thanks to all the great suggestions from our Fernwood community. Like us on Facebook for more great healthy tips.