From Sour Patch Kids to neon yellow popcorn slathered in butter, movie theaters serve nutritionally devastating treats. Some movie theaters are stepping up their dining options, but most make smart eating tough. Whether you’re renting on a Saturday night or heading out to the theater, try these healthy and delicious cinema snacks.
1. Popcorn: It’s too bad that most movie theaters load up on the fat, since popcorn is actually a whole grain! Exceptionally filling and low on calories, unbuttered popcorn is satisfying and tasty. Instead of using a butter-based topping, think about adding a little olive oil, sea salt, and chili powder. Garlic and chives are other good options that don’t destroy your daily calorie count.
2. Frozen yogurt: If you’re craving something sweet while curled up on the couch, skip the ice cream and choose frozen yogurt. High in protein, low in fat, and helpful for digestion, frozen yogurt is a better nutritional option than ice cream. And frozen yogurt is delicious, too, tangy and well suited to fresh fruit toppings.
3. Tortilla chips and salsa: Rather than nachos, warm some tortilla chips in the oven and serve with salsa. Homemade guacamole is a fun as well, and avocados deliver a dose of “good” fats.
4. Nuts: Cashews, pecans, and peanuts-roasted and dusted with salt, nuts are a great way to get your daily protein. Definitely snackable, nuts are also easy to portion, allowing you to control your eating.
Movie-going doesn’t have to be a caloric disaster. Pop in one of these food movies and pick a healthy snack.