Peanut butter, oily or greasy food, sauces and others have always been lifelong enemies of carpet. It’s unfortunate that sometimes items such as mustard or ketchup go so well on foods you might love, but have detrimental effects if spilled. For those of you who love to eat over your carpet, whether it’s to sit down or lay back and watch a movie, we’ve put together a list of some healthy foods that are safe to spill over your carpet.
Whether it’s the classic ants on a log or just celery sticks alone, it’s difficult to go wrong with this simple vegetable. Without the addition of peanut butter or other items, celery poses no risk to a carpet. It’s made up of mostly water, and takes more calories to digest than what is gained by eating it. So as a result you burn calories simply by the act of eating it. The fibrous tissue also helps clean out teeth as well, while still providing the same health benefits of many vegetables, such as acting as a source of fiber.
Just pop some microwavable all-natural popcorn, but avoid the butter. If you must have a topping, then you can add on some grated parmesan cheese on top. Without the butter, popcorn poses no real risk to a carpet. If you spill it, you can pick it up and easily vacuum up crumbs. Popcorn is also full of polyphenols, which help fight free radicals in the body that contribute to the aging process. So other than fiber, popcorn has more antioxidants than most other movie snacks you could possibly eat. Next time you’re at home watching a movie, you’ll know what to grab.
Whole wheat breads and granola are also very healthy options to eat over any carpet surface. The greatest single risk most grains pose are crumbs, which are easily removable by vacuum. Stains are not an issue unless you decide to eat whatever grain product with milk, yogurt or some form of dairy. Whole grains are low in cholesterol and healthy for your heart, as well as fiber to help maintain proper gastrointestinal health. Oats and other parts of granola are sometimes mixed with high levels of sugar and even chocolate, so watch out for sugary unhealthy add on’s that can negatively contribute to both your and your carpet’s health.
Types of nuts such as walnut, almonds and some other types of nuts contain omega-3 fatty acids which contribute to both cardiovascular and brain health. They also offer a source of protein and other nutrients while remaining relatively inexpensive. For those with a history of heart disease, nuts offer a favorable heart-healthy snack that also poses little danger to any carpet or flooring in general. Breaking walnuts yourself can make a bit of a mess. However, for nuts that are already broken and ready to eat, dropping a nut will do no harm as long as you pick it up later.
About the Author
Jon Bibb is the head of Steamer’s Carpet Care in San Antonio, Texas. Steamer’s Carpet Care offers a wide range of cleaning services ranging from traditional carpet and upholstery cleaning to around the clock water extraction services.