Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of eleven books, six of which debuted at number one on theNew York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.
Netflix binge-watching doesn’t need to go hand in hand with food binging.
If you’re going to be watching episode after episode, you don’t want a big bowl of something calorie dense in front of you. Volume eating is the name of the game. Here are foods you can eat a lot of that don’t have too many calories!
Cut veggies and salsa
This is a better option than chips and salsa, and you still get that satisfying crunch. I recommend jicama, baby carrots and cucumbers.
94% fat-free microwave popcorn
You can eat five cups of the stuff for just around 100 calories! Now that’s a bargain. If you want to dress it up, sprinkle on some taco seasoning or stir in a few chocolate chips.
I’m not talking about traditional chewy dried fruit, which contains a surprisingly high number of calories in each small portion. Freeze-dried fruit is light and crispy, and you can eat an entire cup for about 100 calories. Lots of brands make it; I love the unique flavors from Funky Monkey. Pineapple with guava? Yum!
Halo Top light ice cream
This isn’t just any light ice cream. It’s super delicious, available in spectacular flavors (Birthday Cake! Oatmeal Cookie! Peanut Butter Cup!), and crazy low in calories. An entire pint has between 240 and 360 calories. Go ahead and split a pint with a pal.
Forget Domino’s. Here’s a better way to get your pizza fix. Just pound some raw chicken breasts into thin cutlets, cook them up in a skillet, and load ’em up with your favorite pizza toppings. Tomato sauce, part-skim mozzarella, turkey pepperoni — now you’re talking! Don’t want a chicken crust? Try my cauliflower-crust pizza.
Shrimp and noodle stir-fry
If you’re a sucker for lo mein, this is going to be your new favorite. Veggie spiralizers are all the rage, and with good reason. They turn veggies into pasta-like noodles! Spiralize a couple of zucchinis, and cook your zucchini noodles with frozen stir-fry veggies. Drain excess liquid, and then add shrimp and teriyaki sauce. How easy is that?
‘Til next time… chew the right thing!