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How To Make Healthy Snack Choices At the Movies

Before you make that trip to the concession stand, think twice about what it will do to your blood pressure and your waistline.


  • Step 1: Order small sizes and resist the offers to upsize.
  • TIP: Eat something healthy before you go to the movies so you won't be starving and susceptible to making bad food choices when you get there.
  • Step 2: Choose water as a beverage. A small soda has 150 to 300 calories and 10 to 19 teaspoons of sugar, while diet sodas are linked with health problems such as metabolic syndrome.
  • Step 3: Ask the theater manager what kind of oil its popcorn is popped in. Commonly used coconut oil packs a whopping 90 percent saturated fat, but canola is healthier.
  • Step 4: Skip the pumps of buttery liquid and salty topping that will clog your arteries. It's like adding salt and butter to a bag of chips, and you wouldn't do that.
  • TIP: Bring a small baggie or container of nutritional yeast in your purse or pocket to use as a healthy alternative topping on your popcorn.
  • Step 5: Look for healthier snacks on the menu, such as animal crackers, fruit snacks, or dark chocolate.
  • TIP: The candy packages in theaters are oversized, and once you start eating it's hard to stop, so buy just one package and share it with a friend.
  • Step 6: Make better hot food choices by getting cheese pizza instead of pepperoni, leaving the cheese dip off nachos, and asking for turkey dogs instead of hot dogs.
  • Step 7: Don't go back for refills. Chewing gum quietly will keep your mouth occupied and satisfy any urges to make a second trip to the concession stand.
  • FACT: A recent study found that a medium popcorn and soft drink at one of the leading movie theater chains has as many calories as three quarter pounders plus 12 pats of butter.

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