Today my family is going to the movies. For those of us trying to make healthier food choices, the movies can truly be horrifying. Researchers have found that movie theater popcorn offerings can range from 400 to 1,200 calories, with one to three days’ worth of saturated fat, and up to 1,500 milligrams of sodium. And that doesn’t even include candy and a soft drink!
The best way to avoid temptation at the theater is to eat a balanced meal beforehand, and always pack your own snack. Some things I recommend are: pretzels, a 100-calorie pack of almonds, dry cereal, a 100-calorie bag of popcorn (pre-popped, of course!), or my personal favorite … a 1-ounce bag of Pirate’s Booty.
For those of you who just cannot enjoy your film without actually purchasing something from the theater’s concession stand, your best bet is to share a small, unbuttered popcorn with a friend, or savor a warm soft pretzel with mustard. Always be sure to wash it down with water, and … ENJOY THE SHOW!