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7 Healthy Snacks for Couch Potatoes

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7 Healthy Snacks for Couch Potatoes

Even the healthiest among us like to spend a little time vegging on couch with a bowl of snacks and a great movie to watch. But that doesn’t mean your late night snack has to be a calorie bomb! Yep, there are plenty of healthier ways to eat after a long day. Check out some recipes below, and tell us about your favorite couch potato snack in the comments!

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1. Popcorn with Nutritional Yeast, Lime Juice, & Paprika

When popcorn isn’t dripping with butter and salt, it’s a healthy alternative to higher-calorie snacks. There are several ways to prepare healthy popcorn, but this is one of my favorites. You’ll see more ideas below.

Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup plain popcorn
• 4-5 tablespoons nutritional yeast
• 1/2 lime, juiced
•  1-2 dashes paprika

Instructions:
1. Follow instructions for popcorn. Pour into bowl.
2. Add remaining ingredients and toss to coat evenly.

Other Great Popcorn Topping Ideas:
2. Soy sauce and nutritional yeast
3. Agave syrup or honey
4. Dried Italian herbs (0regano, basil, rosemary, etc.) and olive oil

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5. Banana-Chocolate “Ice Cream”

Ingredients:
2 cups bananas, chopped and frozen
2 Tbsp cocoa powder

Optional:
Milk to taste
Shredded coconut
Peanut butter

Instructions:
1. Add all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

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6. DIY Corn Chips

Ingredients:
2 cups fresh corn
1/4 cup cilantro, dried
Sea salt to taste

Instructions:
1. Blend corn and cilantro in a food processor.
2. Spread evenly on wax paper. Sprinkle with salt if desired. Let dry until crisp, about 12 hours.

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7. Kale Chips

Ingredients:
1 bunch Tuscan kale leaves
1 Tbsp olive oil

Instructions:
1. Rinse and let it dry. Cut kale in half lengthwise, removing center ribs and stems.
2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
3. In large bowl, toss kale leaves with oil & salt and pepper to taste.
4. On two large baking sheets, arrange a single layer of kale.
5. Bake for 30 minutes, or until crisp. Let cool.

Recipe credit: Bon Appetit

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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4:30AM PDT on Mar 27, 2015

No more excuses to be lazy

11:12AM PDT on Mar 21, 2015

I also know one very common good snack , if people just bother to make it. You can do snacks of root vegetables in an easy way: Take the vegetables you want: red root, parsnip, carrot, black root (prevent cancer), radish anything you like. I have a machine with is help for making salads but make very thin slices all what you want. Spread them on the baking sheets and next. Take some lovage (gives a bit salty taste), and other herbs and rather the ones which are healing.make them very small and shake a bit on the root vegetables. Put them into the owen 50 C degrees and let them dry there and you have really tasty and healthy snacks.
Lei

12:47PM PDT on Mar 12, 2015

all of these sound good to try- thanks!!!!

8:29AM PST on Mar 6, 2015

I really want to try the kale chips! Thanks for the recipe :)

12:06PM PST on Mar 4, 2015

Thanks for these ideas ^_~

5:34AM PST on Mar 3, 2015

Kale chips are so good. I may have to make some later today

5:52PM PST on Mar 1, 2015

thanks for some great ideas ...time for a nice healthy snack

4:40AM PST on Mar 1, 2015

We have been using nutritional yeast on popcorn for years!

7:03PM PST on Feb 28, 2015

Thanks for the great ideas!!

10:49PM PST on Feb 27, 2015

thank you

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