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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Healthy Movie Theater Snacks

It's no surprise that movie theaters are devoid of healthy snacks. Even those soft pretzels - which might seem like a safe choice - pack almost 500 calories and over 2008 milligrams of salt! There's something about being in a darkened theater that seems to not only inflate one's appetite but makes all conscience for healthy eating go right out the window. But, there are options. All it requires is a big handbag to stash your own snacks (or some kind of backpack if you're a guy), as some theaters are strict on their no outside food or drink policy.

If you like POPCORN, try: NEWMAN'S OWN ORGANIC MICROWAVE POPCORN (unsalted). Look for store bought brands with the most natural ingredients and pop before you head out to the movie. You might also like STACY'S PITA CHIPS for that slight buttery flavor and constant crunch. Steer clear of the movie theater varieties, as a large buttered popcorn packs a whopping 1640 calories and 126 grams of fat. The medium is not much better with 900 calories and 50 grams of fat!

If you like RAISINETS, try: ORGANIC DARK CHOCOLATE COVERED RAISINS. Made with fresh raisins and organic dark chocolate, these are a much healthier pick than the movie theater counterparts.

If you like WHOPPERS or GOOBERS, try: ORGANIC DARK CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZEL BALLS. Sold in most grocery stores in the organic section, these are a healthier option to the nutritionally devoid candy and taste even better than the movie theater varieties.

If you like NACHOS, try: FETA CHEESE AND KASHI TLC CRACKERS. Making a healthy snack of cheese and crackers can often quell the craving for stale chips and gooey movie theater cheese. Soft feta is made from ewe's and goat's milk, so if you are lactose-intolerant, it is easier on the system.

You get the idea. Make the concession stand off limits and bring in an array of items: crunchy veggies and healthy dip, grapes, nuts, granola bars, sliced apples and peanut butter. The list goes on and on. Often, we like snacks we can keep dipping our hands into, so foods like grapes or nuts are a good option. Also, chewing some sugar free gum can do the trick, since you are consistently chewing. Don't forget to pack bottled water. Not only will you save money, but you will save your waistline!


  1. I'm very sad but not surprised reese's pieces didn't make the cut. :/ - Json

  2. I was going to put that, but that one's easy... so many options with dark chocolate and natural peanut butter. Even a piece of dark chocolate slathered with natural peanut butter. So much better!

  3. Why have I not thought of bringing my own popcorn to the movies??