Healthy Movie Snacks for Movie Night
There’s something about being in a large dark room full of people making loud crunching and slurping noises that stirs a deep yearning for some serious junk food.
Yes, I’m talking about the movies.
The place where inhaling a box of salty, buttery popcorn the size of a first born child is a common occurrence. Let thy cup of frozen coke runneth over and thy M&M flavours be various.
But beyond the tasty food is a sense of wanting to be part of the collective audience experience.
The problem is, most, if not all snacks served in the cinema are pretty bad for you. Now, if you live a balanced lifestyle and want to pop a handful of Maltesers in your gob, knock yourself out. But, if you’re on a health kick or don’t feel like hardcore gluttonous indulgence, you need to honour that.
Here are 4 easy and finger-licking options to try that taste just as good.
4 Healthy Movie Snacks
Toasted Coconut Flakes
This is one of my absolute favourite simple snacks. It consists of just 3 ingredients and takes about 5 minutes to make. But be warned, if you’re a fan of coconut, an addiction is imminent. You can buy these in health food stores, but it’s super easy (and much cheaper) to make your own and saves you worrying about any hidden additives.
Simply throw a few handfuls of coconut flakes in a pan on medium heat and continue to toss the flakes around as they start to toast to a beautiful golden brown. You can also pop a tray in the oven for 5-10mins on 150 degrees until golden brown. After you turn off the heat, sprinkle with cinnamon and Himalayan sea salt, toss to coat. Leave to cool completely, after which you’ll be left with some crunchy sweet and salty coconut chips.
For a savoury movie snack, you can’t go past popcorn, and it’s super easy to make at home. Melt a tablespoon of coconut oil in a pot with a clear lid on medium-high heat and throw in a handful of popcorn kernels. Sprinkle some Himalayan salt and toss. Pop the lid on and give the pot a shake every 5-10 seconds. Adjust the temperature as necessary to avoid the kernels burning.
Soon enough the kernels will begin to pop and that’s when the fun begins. Continue to shake the pot until all your kernels have matured, as per their destiny, into delicious crunchy popcorn. Empty the contents into a large stainless steel bowl and shake over your seasoning of choice (my go-to is Himalayan salt and smoked paprika). Once cooled, transfer to a paper or plastic bag. Munch!
Apple Cinnamon Chips
This one is super simple, but if you lean towards a fresher, fruitier option with a spicy twist, you’ll love this. I don’t know what it is, but sometimes just eating fruit in a different form to what you’re accustomed to can be kind of exciting and exotic.
My standard way of eating an apple is au naturale. But, what happens if you cut an apple into thin slices using a mandolin? Two words: APPLE CHIPS! All of a sudden, apple becomes a whole lot more interesting to eat. I like to sprinkle with cinnamon and chilli powder for some extra flavour (plus cinnamon is a great blood sugar regulator). You could also drizzle with some ABC butter to add good fats.
Granola Trail Mix
Honestly, granola is so delicious you don’t need any convincing to add this one to your movie snack list, but here goes. There are many healthier versions you can make yourself at home with coconut oil and rice malt syrup as your coating. What you put inside is up to you, but these all work well:
- All kinds of nuts including pecans, almonds, walnuts, macadamias, cashews and brazil nuts
- Seeds including pumpkin seeds, sunflowers seeds and chia seeds
- Coconut flakes (these go deliciously crunchy when coated and baked in coconut oil)
- Exotic additions such as goji berries, toasted buckwheat and cacao nibs
- Puffed rice and rolled oats
Bring in a small pot of plain full-fat Greek yoghurt mixed with berries and bless with this enchanting topping for a treat that will make you forget all about that boysenberry choc-top.
And, if you’re too lazy for all of the above or want a quick grab and go alternative, pop into the supermarket beforehand and go for simple options like a punnet of fresh berries, some dark chocolate, coconut water, raw nuts or natural salted popcorn.
It doesn’t need to be complicated to be a tastebud showstopper and satisfy your cravings.