A TV Toss-Out

by Holly on February 6, 2012

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About six months ago, I did something that would make the average American weep salty tears of loss and severe separation anxiety: I threw away my TV.

Well…technically, I didn’t just chuck it in the dumpster in the back of my apartment building. I paid $5 to donate it to a local organization which refurbishes TVs and sells them for money to benefit Habitat for Humanity. I know, serious good samaritan points for me on that one.

But I did it.

And honestly, since that fateful day so many months ago, I haven’t looked back!

Yes, me! The TV-obsessed girl who spent years mapping out her week’s schedule based on TV shows she just had to watch – like The Bachelor and trashy episodes of MTV’s Laguna Beach on Mondays and Jack n’ Jill on Tuesdays and Dawson’s Creek on Wednesdays and Grey’s Anatomy or Will and Grace on Thursdays and finally, some TGIF or soap operas I used to videotape in high school on Fridays (<- perhaps one of the sadder things you’ll learn about me).

Television gave me a welcome escape from the really awkward years of my life by allowing me to slip into a world where I didn’t have to think about my braces-laced teeth or that horrible boyfriend I was dating or what I wanted to do with my life. Instead, all I had to do is hope for Ali to lose those 5.3 pounds on The Biggest Loser and for Ben to finally admit how much he loved Felicity. Seriously Scott Speedman, what took you so long?!?

But that all changed when I graduated from college…and started doing things!

Not that I didn’t do things before…but it was after college that I started this blog. And had to make new friends over beers at happy hour when I moved to Madison. And spent a formidable amount of time training for my 1st marathon. And ate. And cooked! I did lots of cooking. My life filled up with activities, leaving little time to adhere to a strict TV schedule…and I liked it.

Don’t get me wrong! My life would not be as complete (or sane) without my weekly dose of Parks & Recreation and Modern Family but taking a step back from the boob tube has been one of the best things I’ve ever done. And quite frankly, between going back to school, working full-time, blogging, freelance projects and trying to stay physically & mentally in-shape (hello, marathon #2!), when I do have free time, it’s more likely to be spent sleeping than anything else.

Or I admit it, watching How I Met Your Mother on Netflix.

You can take the TV away from the girl, but you can’t take the girl away from Netflix.

But seriously, now I would just rather do things like crossword puzzles…or snowboard…or call a friend…or organize my closet…or travel…or read O Magazine…or take the time to learn that buckwheat groats are gluten-free…and a great source of manganese…and delicious when paired with coconut…and mango…and apple…and then bake up a batch of granola to prove it.

Moral of this story: living life > watching life.


Apple Mango Coconut Buckwheat Granola
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45-50 minutes

2 1/4 cup raw buckwheat groats
1 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup brown rice syrup or honey*
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t salt
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup diced dried apple
1/3 cup diced dried mango

*I used Tropical Traditions Organic Brown Rice Syrup, found here.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, toss groats, cashews, brown rice syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and salt until evenly coated. Pour onto a baking sheet and press into an even layer. Bake for 45-50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes until granola is light golden brown. Remove from the oven and immediately mix-in coconut, apple and mango. Stir every 10 minutes or so until cool.

Store in an airtight container or immediately devour the entire batch…it’s your call.


Amanda February 6, 2012 at 8:39 am

I just recently found your blog and wanted to let you know how much I love it! This granola recipe sounds fantastic. I bought buckwheat groats a while back, but haven’t done much with them except add them as a topping for smoothies. I bet the texture is awesome in granola! Looking forward to reading your other posts… :)

Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon February 6, 2012 at 8:40 am

Oooh what a different twist on granola!!
And my roommates and I have a tv but don’t get any channels on it (not even fox, abc, etc) and I LOVE it!! About once a month or so I’ll pop in a movie but other than that I’m tv free!

Susie February 6, 2012 at 9:02 am

I haven’t had a TV for a few years, and I’ve found that having Netflix and Hulu to keep up with shows and whatnot works well. Except for things like wanting to watch sports, or those days where I’m really lazy and wish I could channel surf, I don’t really miss it.

Lauren February 6, 2012 at 9:15 am

Ever since I started blogging, I swear my TV watching is basically non existent! The only time I do actually watch it is when I workout in the morning…other than that, I would be completely content without one. My husband on the other hand…he would leave me if I got rid of our 12 tv’s. :)

By the way…that granola looks perfect!

Happy Monday <3!

Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland February 6, 2012 at 9:17 am

I would like a giant bowl of this covered in vanilla almond milk. Please and thank you! Happy Monday lady!!

Erica February 6, 2012 at 9:20 am

I find it funny that you’re now on the news on a cooking segment without a tv. I love it. And I want this granola. In my belly

elizabeth February 6, 2012 at 9:29 am

My bf & were just talking about TV yesterday! I find discussing TV with women is my IN with them, it helps me connect & then find out more so I can really connect… or not. I’m not a superficial person, but I watch superficial TV for a few reasons; it lets me escape from my stuff going on in my head (similar to you!), it’s freaking hilarious what these crazy people will do & say and I can relate to other women through TV at times when I can’t find another way to connect to them. Yesterday at a Superbowl party I was able to hold conversations with two women regarding two different TV shows. They were both women I probably wouldn’t find a common bond immediately without TV. I think that’s fascinating! And my bf struggles to talk to men at times because he doesn’t watch sports, but he is super active and can talk about swimming, biking or running for days at a time. However, none of this is an argument to watch TV – we just canceled our cable at my place & I am perfectly fine without it… although I will miss watching the crazy Real Housewives of the OC & the finale of Atlanta. Shoot I’ll miss all Bravo “Reality” TV shows! I’m absolutely making that granola!!!

Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile February 6, 2012 at 9:30 am

This looks deliciousssss. Honestly, I don’t watch TV too too often. I definitely have my favorite shows, but a lot of times I miss them and end up watching them online!

cynthiasolc @ meagainstthesugar.com February 6, 2012 at 9:36 am

Wow, you are brave! Throwing out the TV would be huge and I *think* I could do it, but the hubs would have something to say about it!

I actually had a friend get a bit offended because I mentioned that we hadn’t introduced TV shows to my 17-month old yet. The “why, why?” question came up and I probably didn’t do a good job of answering. I just don’t want her growing up on TV when there’s so much out there for her.

Like you, life also caught up to me, but I seriously do miss those Laguna Beach nights!

Also, this recipe sounds amazing and lucky for me, I have some unused groats that will be used soon!! Thanks!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 6, 2012 at 9:42 am

Not having cable is seriously the best thin I did when I moved into my condo. I don’t miss it AT ALL and I have an extra $100 a month to spend on food. :)

Clair February 6, 2012 at 9:42 am

Ugh…I hear ya. What a life sucker. When I watch, I like to crochet at the same time so I feel like I’m not completely wasting my time.

Um, also…this recipe looks amazing.

emily (a nutritionist eats) February 6, 2012 at 9:57 am

This sounds like such a perfect breakfast Holly!
I do love tv, but usually it is more of a background thing as I can typically be found on my laptop about 19 hours per day. :/ Maybe I should get rid of the laptop…..

Brittany February 6, 2012 at 10:50 am

As a HUGE granola addict–this is something I would have never thought of! Definitely on the to-do list for this upcoming week! Sounds delicious and a perfect way to “think spring”!

Liz @ Southern Charm February 6, 2012 at 11:08 am

Great post and so good!!

I haven’t gone as far as tossing my tv, but now I don’t pay for cable – so I have very very basic cable and if I miss something, then oh well and if I catch it, then yay!

Living life IS better than watching life :)

But I will say that on sick days {whether cold or partied too hard the night before} huluPlus is my best friend! Haha.

Hillary February 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I hardly watch any TV during the week (mainly because I just don’t have the time!), but I watch so much on the weekends that it’s embarrassing. Usually I’m not even watching; it’s just background noise! Kudos to you for giving it up completely—I’ve at least started by making a deal with myself to set aside at least an hour every day to shut off all technology and read my book. It’s just as good as, if not better than, the noise from the Kardashians (gasp!)

Oh, and that granola looks lovely!

Mari February 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I got rid of my tv about six months ago as well. It’s great, and it saves time and $. Now I watch for Hulu the few shows I do follow and occasionally pop in seasons of ER and How I Met Your Mother. It’s a good life.

Megan (Braise the Roof) February 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm

That granola looks incredible- that no TV thing is doing good things for your kitchen inspiration! :) There has been a little too much E! and Bravo in my life recently, but sometimes I just need background noise when I’m alone in my apartment- makes me feel like there are other people around!

Alison February 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm

We ditched our TV two years ago… although it still exists in our basement, it’s only got a DVD player hooked up to it for The Shred or the occasional kid movie from the library. It’s freeing and I can’t ever imagine going back! Especially when a girl can still keep up with The Biggest Loser and Modern Family on Hulu. Or Netflix!

Rock on with all that time and money your saving! Way to go on spreading the word that it IS possible to survive without TV! (GASP!)

Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 6, 2012 at 4:16 pm

When I went to college I decided to never buy a TV and 6 years later I’m going strong! I definitely use Hulu and Netflix though!

Jordan Lynn (Ciao Cow) February 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm

I didn’t throw out my TV, but I haven’t had cable for the past two years. At first, I was really hesitant to give up cable, but I had to for monetary reasons. However, now, I love not having cable, and I can still catch most everything I want to watch with an antenna – a little ghetto, but it works.

Also, I have been wanting to make buckwheat granola, and that recipes looks awesome. Bookmarked! Thanks for sharing!

Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner February 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm

It’s been 7 years since I’ve had TV! I have a TV, but it’s not hooked up to anything (not even basic channels with an antenna). Sometimes I watch movies on it, and I watch things on Netflix and Hulu on my computer, but I’m very happy to not have cable. People can’t believe that I don’t have TV. My in-laws keep trying to buy us cable, but I don’t want it! I get too sucked in!

Maya February 6, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I am very, VERY picky with my granola. I usually don’t like homemade granola because it isn’t as crumbly as store bought. But this looks really crumbly! Like with delicious clumps. Definitely pinning this!

Meister @ The Nervous Cook February 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm

I’m so with you on the TV tip: I could live my life out happily without ever turning the thing on again… but… then… there’s “Downton Abbey” and “Boardwalk Empire” and…


Erica D February 6, 2012 at 7:47 pm

So true about the Netflix. That and Hulu…I don’t know what I would do without my occasional laptop-centered entertainment fix.

Diana @ frontyardfoodie February 6, 2012 at 8:44 pm

You rock. We only use Netflix too. I know we have network tv but we never watch it…..not even sure if I know how to. haha.

Although I have to say, my husband gets cable for the football season every year. Crazy boy. hehe

dana @ my little celebration February 6, 2012 at 9:53 pm

John and I don’t own a TV either and I think it’s fantastic! We do occasionally indulge in some netflix on our computer, but even that’s held to a minimum these days. There’s so much more to enjoy in life than sitting in front of a television.

Also, this recipe looks amazing. And I shall make it since I have raw buckwheat groats sitting around. Joy!

Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 7, 2012 at 12:31 am

you promise i won’t chip a tooth on the buckwheat groats?

Bronwyn February 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

Totally admire you throwing away the TV. It’s something I’ve been considering, for when I move out; no television will come with me. It’s so easy now to watch what I want online… And it would take up less time with fewer commercials….

Christine @ The Savoury Traveller February 7, 2012 at 10:48 am

How do you do this? Seriously – I just finally tried baking my own granola last weekend and I wasn’t totally in love with the results. This looks more like the fancy gluten-free expensive one the hubs always wants to buy at the grocery store….Holly, you solve all the important problems in life.

Kait February 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I just started reading and I am in love with this post! I grew up without cable so I obviously NEEDED to have expanded cable when I moved into my first apt. Now, I can’t wait until to move out and get my own place and not have it. Netflix + Hulu+ are all I need to watch the handful of shows I love. And in the meantime, you can find me in the kitchen or under my snuggie with a good (and sometimes trashy) book. :)

Emily February 9, 2012 at 7:50 am

I’m a teacher, and I love to tell my students that I don’t have a TV. They gasp in horror and ask, “Don’t they pay you, Miss?” What they don’t know is that I still watch a lot of TV, I just rely on Hulu to provide it for me. They also love my tale of growing up with only 1 cell phone for our family of 4. :)

Lauren @ The Climbing Chef February 9, 2012 at 11:41 am

I <3 this post! I haven't had TV for a very long time and LOVE it…. I read more and agree with you that it takes up WAY too much time. Also, I love granola and will be making this this weekend, along with that tart you made last week :)

Kerry February 9, 2012 at 8:23 pm

This granola looks fantastic! The apple, mango, coconut combination sounds amazing! I love raw buckwheat groats, but I’ve never used them in granola before. I can’t wait to try it!

Kate February 15, 2012 at 12:05 pm


Come to NJ and you can take a look at my 1996 tv, with its digital converter box, and built in VHS player. Only reason I keep it is for Glee and DVD watching! I LOVE not having cable…or the cable bills. I’d much rather go out with friends, see some live performance, improv, read, sleep, etc!

What a great moral: living life > watching life. Here, here!

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