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Cheeky Vegan: Healthy Movie Theatre Snacks

Just Say No to the Concession Stand

by Rea Frey – April 28, 2012

It’s no surprise that movie theatres 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 theatre that seems to not only inflate one’s appetite but makes all awareness for healthy eating go right out the window. But, there are options. All it requires is a big handbag to stash your own snacks, as some theatres are strict on their no outside food or drink policy.

If you like POPCORN, try: SKINNY POP POPCORN. Look for store bought brands with the most natural ingredients and the least amount of salt. You might also like STACY’S NAKED PITA CHIPS for that slight buttery flavor and constant crunch. Steer clear of the movie theatre 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 theatre 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 theatre varieties.

If you like NACHOS, try: DAIYA CHEESE AND KASHI TLC CRACKERS. Making a healthy snack of cheese and crackers can often quell the craving for stale chips and gooey movie theatre cheese. Daiya (which is soy free) actually stretches and melts like cheese and is much healthier and easier on your digestive system than dairy.

You get the idea. Make the concession stand off limits and bring in an array of items:

  • crunchy veggies and hummus
  • 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. Don’t forget to pack bottled water. Not only will you save money, but you will save your waistline!

Some of my go-to favorites? See below!

N0-Bake Chocolate Blueberry Energy Bars

Pecan Granola

Cranberry Walnut Quinoa Muffins

Pineapple Party Poppers

Black Bean Brownies 

Chocolate Walnut Banana Bread

Coconut Oat Bars


About the Author: Rea Frey

Rea Frey is a lover of food, words and relationships (possibly in that order). She is the author of two books, Power Vegan: Plant-Fueled Nutrition for Maximum Health and Fitness and The Cheat Sheet: A Clue-by-Clue Guide to Finding Out if He's Unfaithful.

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