5 Healthy Tips For The Movie Theatre and 10 Healthy Movie Snack Recipes
FACT 1: There’s not ONE healthy option at the concession stand. The truth is, you can consume a whole lot of really terrible calories in a mindless way just sitting there watching a movie.
(TIP: if you DO indulge, as always, My Miracle Tea to the rescue! Drink an extra cup of the Tea the day of the movie and the next day, and you’ll be much further ahead in flushing your system :0)
FACT 2: Having a fun snack — whether at the theatre or at home — is part of what makes a movie a movie! Seriously, there is no need to deprive ourselves!
Here are five easy ways to cope with the concession stand and still come out ahead healthwise (and dollar-wise too!)
1) PLAN AHEAD by being well-hydrated ahead of time and bringing a fresh, cool water bottle (maybe flavored to make it special?) and a small bag of air-popped popcorn with you. Put them in the bottom of your bag and no one’s the wiser.
(A fun tip: When our kids were young, I had a large leather purse just for the movies. We called it “Mom’s saddle bag” as it had a flip top cover, a large buckle closure and a bunch of zipped sections to sequester our healthier treats. Nobody was going to inspect that bag at that time … or even now, to tell you the truth.)
2) JUST DO NOT VISIT the concession side of the theatre lobby! Hum the song “Walk on by ….” as you breathe through your mouth to avoid the smell of the popcorn. That smell alone triggers the physical cravings and and emotional nerves/memories that communicate with your brain. That message “it’s not really a movie experience without an oversized tub of buttered popcorn” is not TRUE and you can have a great time without that popcorn or chocolate candy.
ALERT: Movie theater popcorn contains anywhere from 400 to 1,200 calories, not to mention one to three days’ worth of artery-clogging saturated fat and a whopping 1,500 milligrams of sodium.
Movie-theater popcorn is a calorie and fat disaster! Most theaters pop their kernels in exorbitant quantities of coconut oil, which is more than 90 percent saturated fat (that’s the type of fat you should be trying to dramatically limit in your diet). Worse yet, portions are absolutely out of control! A medium size can be piled high with up to 20 cups of greasy popcorn, which will cost you 1,200 calories and 60 grams of saturated fat before you even factor in the buttery topping they automatically squirt on top of your tub. That’s the caloric equivalent of three large fast-food burgers — and the saturated fat equivalent of a full stick of butter!
3) THINK OF THE MONEY YOU’RE SAVING by not buying those high-priced treats. Add it up, make a note and stop on the way home (or very soon!) to treat yourself to a pair of earrings, a plant for the garden, etc. Or just add it to the bank account for something special you’ve been wanting for yourself.
4) FRUIT IS A TREAT! A banana or other fruit, (besides a noisy, crunchy apple) peeled and ready to enjoy in a zip-lock bag or small container is a lovely option! Squeezie applesauce packets are good too.
5) HARD CANDY: A couple of sugar-free hard candies, a Werther’s, a Tootsie Pop or other small lollipop lasts a LONG time, is low in calories, and while they’ve got sugar, they’re a treat that’s satisfying and fills in the gap for a special time. This far beats the calories from the popcorn and over-sized candy bars and boxed goodies there at the theatre.
BONUS: Sugar free gum. That or a little piece of candy as above will keep your hands out of someone else’s popcorn!
NEXT! Recipes to make for smuggling in to the theatre or to enjoy for movie night at home. These all sound good and we’re going to spend some time this weekend making sure we have the ingredients to try some of these!
This article includes easy recipes and quick instructions for:
1. Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
2. Stovetop Cinnamon Apple Popcorn
3. Low-Sodium Garlic Parmesan Popcorn
4. Nut and Dried Fruit Dark Chocolate Bark
5. Gluten Free Rice Crispy Treats
6. Mocha Dusted Almonds
7. Rosemary and Olilve Oil Roasted Cashews
8. Spicy Edamame Dip
9. Roasted Chickpeas
10. Healthy Homemade Sweet Potato Chips
Here’s a bonus article you might want to check out with more recipes: