I know that we’re only a couple of weeks into January, and just about everyone has made a resolution about eating healthy after the holidays — but sometimes binging on your favorite TV shows is just better with a snack in hand. Of course, we can make those snacks a bit healthier so you can marathon your favorite shows guilt-free (at least when it comes to the food).
Prime-Time and Network Shows
Eat this: Sexy Summer Rolls. Light, fresh and definitely more exotic than a bowl of popcorn.
While watching: The Bachelor, Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. Who can tell whether 25 women and one man can find true love on television, but at least you know there are bound to be plenty of exciting moments you just can’t look away from.
Eat this: Cinnamon and Cilantro Pumpkin Fries. Hip, trendy and with ingredients you never thought would go so well together!
While watching: New Girl, Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST on FOX. Now in its fifth season, this sitcom keeps the laughs rolling with a tight ensemble of cast members finding themselves in quirky, unexpected story lines week after week. Bonus: You can catch up on all previous seasons on Netflix right now.
Eat this: Vegan Greek Pizza. This dish will make you a believer in healthy substitutions.
While watching: X-Files, returns January 24 on FOX. You better believe that Mulder and Scully are back for this much-anticipated miniseries.
Set the DVR for these other shows in January: Marvel’s Agent Carter on ABC, Shameless on Showtime, American Idol: The Final Season on FOX, Portlandia on IFC.
Eat this: No-Bake Energy Bites. You’ll definitely need an energy boost with your sweet treat for all of the twists and turns this show takes.
While watching: Marvel’s Jessica Jones. A superhero series for those who don’t actually like superheroes. This series picks up a film noir vibe to tell the story of Jones trying to rebuild her life as a private detective after her tragic stint as a superhero.
Eat this: Wedge Salad on a Stick. Like salads of the future — a convenience you wish you had thought of first.
While watching: Black Mirror. Think of this as The Twilight Zone of the future. These stand-alone episodes explore a chilling, not-so-distant future that will make you question the technology and relationships currently surrounding you.
Eat this: Quinoa Vegetable Broth Bowl. You won’t have any trouble incorporating this good-for-you recipe into your everyday meals.
While watching: Grace and Frankie. A modern Odd Couple series showing that life can begin again after 70 when these two very different personalities are forced to rely on each other during the toughest time of their lives.
Add these other shows to your queue for January: Parks and Recreation, House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Arrested Development, Master of None, Marco Polo, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, The West Wing.
Eat this: Quick Fix Turkey Chili. You’ll need quick solutions to deal with the difficult and nuanced deals that go on in this critically acclaimed drama.
While watching: The Wire. This show has probably already been recommended to you by every acquaintance you’ve ever met. But unlike that terrible restaurant they said you just “had to go to,” this gritty drama is worth every heart-wrenching minute.
Eat this: Vegetarian “Meatball” Sub. It’s a light twist on an old classic — the twist is that no one will guess it isn’t meat!
While watching: The Twilight Zone. This classic series is a strange mix of horror, science fiction, drama, comedy and superstition, all with a twist ending. Keep your eyes peeled for any famous guest stars and enjoy with a few lights on!
Eat this: Banana Almond Praline Crunch Smoothie. Healthy definitely doesn’t have to be boring with this delicious dessert.
While watching: Arrested Development. Having a dysfunctional family is usual fodder for any TV show, but the Bluths make it an art form. Just remember, there’s always money in the banana stand!
Check out these other movies or shows in January: Six Feet Under, Deadwood, The Sopranos, Flight of the Conchords, Downton Abbey, Justified, Key and Peele.
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