Movie theaters have become famous for their popcorn buckets loaded with salty butter and oversized soda. Munching on these XL buckets of popcorn throughout the entire movie is not ideal if you’re watching your figure. On average, a large tub of popcorn holds 20 cups and contains approximately 100 grams of fat. That is the equivalent of more than 6 fast food burgers! With about 1,300 calories, this large popcorns packs almost a full day’s supply of calories for the average healthy eater. The next time you go to the movies, you don’t have to fall into the trap. I have put together a list of snacks you can bring to your next movie date so you won’t have to worry about munching on way too many empty calories.
Nuts & Fruits
Pistachios – pistachios are my favorite crunchy treat! This is the nut that you can eat as many as 49 and not overeat. Here is the nutritional breakdown: (49 nuts; 6 grams protein, 13 grams fat, 5 grams net carbs)
Almonds (23 nuts; 6 grams protein, 14 grams fat, 5g net carbs)
Cashews (16 nuts; 5 grams protein, 13 grams fat, 8g net carbs)
Sliced Apple – sliced apples are the perfect movie snack, they pack easily, have a satisfying crunch and the fiber will help fill you up.
Blueberries – low in sugar and carbs, high in fiber and antioxidants, this is the perfect fruit to munch on one-by-one.
Make at Home
GG Sandwich – I bring GG “sandwiches” with me EVERYWHERE! Whether I am on the plane, school or at the movies, you can bet that I have a GG ‘sandwich’ with hummus and cucumbers or plain Greek yogurt and smoked salmon in my bag. These ‘sandwiches’ are full of fiber and protein, low in carbs and will keep you fully satisfied throughout the movie.
Protein Chips – just as satisfying as munching on a bag of potato chips, a bag Ips protein chips will deliver 6g of protein and will help you stay full longer.
Seaweed Snacks – seaweed strips provide you with the salty goodness that you’re used to in the theaters, but with the added benefit of packing in Vitamin K, Iron and Calcium.
Popcorn – unlike movie theater popcorn, Skinny Pop only has 39 calories per cup! I love their Black Pepper – it is so flavorful!
1 Coconut Cashew Bar – Primal Kitchen’s paleo bars are free from gluten, dairy and soy. One bar packs 220 calories, 6 grams of net carbs, 15 grams protein and 7,800mg of collagen. The protein in these bars will help
Sparkling Water – skip the soda fountain and get a sparkling water with lemon instead. You will save over 220 calories (that is for a small Coca-Cola)!
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