Whether your heading to the movies or curling up on the couch, it is very easy to undo all your hard work with overdoing the tradition movie snacks of Buttery Popcorn, choc tops, frozen coke, a whole bag of lollies, a bag of crisps and a block of chocolate. BUT never fear some alternatives are here!
Organic popcorn is a whole grain, high in fibre, low in fat & calories has no preservatives & additives. It is a much better alternative to high fat high salt chips and microwave popcorn. Popcorn is high in polyphenols and anti-oxidants which is important for heart health.
Serve = 1 x cup
Grapes are a fantastic snack to pick at (not to mention delicious!) They are high in fibre, aid-digestion, anti-bacterial, reduce cholesterol, they are high in vitamin A, B6, C, Folate as well as selenium, magnesium, and potassium. Be careful not to eat a whole bag full as it they contain sugar but also will have a laxative effect.
Serve =1 x handful
Mixed nuts & seeds
Nuts & Seeds a convenient, high protein, high essential fatty acid snack that is filling! Nuts and seeds have a large array of health benefits such as cholesterol reducing, anti-aging, bone & teeth strengthening, energy boosting, not to mention they promote weight loss & satiety. They contain B Vitamins, zinc, selenium, magnesium and iron (and more depending on which nut and seed) Make sure they are raw and unsalted.
Serve =1 x handful
Apple slices with nut butter (almond, cashew & Brazil nut butter)
Simple, convenient and delicious. Teaming fruit with a nut protein allows to slow down the blood sugar level spike and keep you full. Apple is high in fibre, prevents teeth decay, promotes heart health, immune boosting and high in antioxidants. Teaming it with the nut butter above which is high in protein, calcium, selenium (and all the rest listed above).
Serve = 1 apple & 2 tsps of nut butter (4 x slices & ½ tsp on each slice)
Homemade Nut bars/Muffins
This allows you to control exactly what you put into your mouth! Creating nut bars/muffins that are low in sugar, high in protein and essential fatty acids as wel as antioxidants is ideal. For those with intolerances gluten free and dairy free Nut bars/Muffins allows you to eat a snack that you will enjoy
Serve = 1 x nut bar / 1 x muffin
They aim with movie snacks is only pack what portion size that you want to eat and that’s it!
For example 1 cup of popcorn,1 x handful of grapes and handful of nuts would be sufficient snacks for a whole movie (you may even find yourself very full from all of that!)
Need Something Fizzy? Try soda water with a squeeze of fresh fruit (lemon/lime/orange). Or make and iced tea:
Berry Iced Tea
- Raspberry, cranberry and strawberry Tea Bags (2-3 bags)
- Mineral water
- Frozen Raspberries
- Make a large teapot of tea using 2 to 3 tea bags. Allow to cool. Pour into a large jug. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
- When ready to serve, place ice cubes, 1L of soda water and raspberries into jug with tea and serve