The TV Addict Hates Vegetables

Ready for a shocking confession from the TV Addict?

[Brace yourself]

I don’t eat vegetables.

Now you’re probably asking yourself, “Ummm… TV Addict, what exactly do your dietary habits have to do with television?”

Well my friends, I’m about to tell you.

It recently occurred to me that I’m not getting any younger. And as a result, I probably should stop eating like I’m still fifteen years old.

Unfortunately, endless amounts of burgers, fries, chicken strips and pizza [cue Homer Simpson impression: Mmmmmmm Pizza Hut Cheesy Bites"] are not part of a Canada’s Healthy Food Guide. And odds are good, that if I keep this up, I may find myself six feet under far earlier than expected.

So as of late, I’ve slowly attempted to introduce these crazy things called ‘fruit’ into my diet. Pathetically attempted to cut down on my other addiction french fries and switched from white bread to whole grain for my daily intake of grilled cheese.

Baby steps I know. But you got to start somewhere, right?

Which brings me to the reason for this post.

I figure odds are good that aside from a slight addiction to television, regular readers of may share another addiction of mine. One that involves planning an evening around what you’re going to watch [on TV] and what you’re going to eat.

And with that in mind, I thought I’d take the time to post Healthy [yet still good tasting] Alternative Dinner Idea.

Take tonight for example. Rather than take the easy way out and order up a stuffed crust pizza from Pizza Hut [Mmmmmm Pizza Hut] this TV Addict is going to suggest a healthier, yet still fun alternative.

In honor of tonight’s installment of AMERICAN IDOL. proudly presents: Make your own flat bread pizza. Because let’s face it, half of IDOL’s contestants will fall flat…. okay, you know where this is going.

Here’s what you’ll need.

• Soft Tortillas
• Pizza Sauce
• Mozzarella Cheese
• Toppings (My personal favorite is Salami, but the healthier alternative would be of course a variety of veggies)

By all means feel free to post ideas of you own and let me know if you think’s Healthy Alternative Dinner Ideas are worthy of a weekly post.

Bon Appétit.

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  • Stef

    LOVE it. My favorite place to eat is in front of the TV which is so bad because then I’m tempted to get take out or eat horribly…definitely think you should do this every week!

  • Lisa

    Haha, I thought I was alone in my crazy ‘dinner planned around TV’ mindset. If I am actually cooking something for dinner, rather than eating out/ordering in, I try to time it so that it’ll be done when a good tv show starts (this became a lot easier once I got my pvr). A good meal is certainly a great addition to a good tv show though, isn’t it?

  • cam3150

    Oh yes, I totally am addicted to food, which is evidence by the 50lbs I’ve put on since I started working at a cube farm 7 years ago.

    I also totally plan out what I’m going to eat, and then think about it all day.

    But, you and I have one major difference here and that is that I LOVE vegetables and fruit. I am in no way a vegetarian but I can easily live without eating meat and I do love a good salad.

    But you put some fries (with ranch dressing of course) or pasta of any kind or any other form of potato or just about any type of sweet in front of me and there is my complete downfall. I have no willpower when it comes to any of these things.

    Your pizza sounds good…never thought of making it with soft tortillas. I’ll have to give that a shot sometime. Plus, you save a some calories by not eating it with a lot of crust right?

    I vote that you keep this post in every week. It’s always good to get some new, healthier snack ideas!

  • Linda B.

    Here’s a good healthy snack to eat while watching tv – Cheddar Cheese rice cake snacks. I’ve recently discovered them and they taste delicious! They’re covered in the same cheese powder you find on cheddar cheese popcorn. They also come in several other flavors – including nacho cheese, which i’ve yet to find but am sure also tastes good.

  • Jennifer

    Wow, look at the TV Addict avoid the early onset of scurvy. Congratulations! A suggestion – baked sweet potato ‘fries’….cut thinly enough, they are simple to make (just toss with some olive oil and garlic and bake for 40 minutes at 400) and DELICIOUS.

  • SimplyKimberly

    The only special diet I have is when 24 is airing. I get a combination of Spicy Tuna and Shrimp Tempura or Dragon Roll sushi and some edamame.

    I love sushi and it is too expensive to have every day, so I make a special night when 24 airs.

  • Tarn

    I love fruit, especially the more exotic ones. But for me, most vegetables are ‘that green stuff I have to eat to get to the good stuff’. My mother’s indoctrination worked so well that I still eat the buggers, though.

    For some reason I always crave Mexican food when Ugly Betty is on… ;-)
    I suppose I could make a low-fat version. The trouble is, half-fat cheese doesn’t melt properly! Maybe if I use more vegetables and less meat and cheese…

  • Linda B.

    I use ground turkey when i make mexican. Tastes good to me and is alot less greasy than ground beef.

  • Tarn

    Linda B, that’s a good tip – thanks!

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