Families and friends enjoy bonding and socialising while watching a good movie. Of course, with movies there must be snacks and refreshments, and if you're not careful your movie night will drown in a pile of salty chips, processed cheese, and sugary soda. Fortunately, there are many healthy alternatives that are also tasty, crunchy, and fizzy that won't leave an unpleasant memory of movie night on your waistline.
A whole grain that's filled with fibre, popcorn has received a bum rap from the movie theatres that portion it out in ridiculous amounts and cover it in greasy "butter substitute" that is neither palatable or flavourful. Popcorn is a healthy snack if prepared without the greasy or salty toppings. It's also got a lot of volume, which will make you feel full. Choose low-fat microwave varieties and for even more convenience.
Nuts are a tasty, healthy snack with or without salt, but try to avoid other toppings like caramel or corn syrup. Nuts are also easy to overeat, especially the sweeter varieties like almonds or the savoury, rich ones like walnuts. Try to portion your nut servings in advance to keep from gorging. An ounce will suffice for a light snack for one person, so keep this in mind if you fill up a bowl for movie night.
Similar to crisps but without the excess salt, grease and fat, soy crisps are yet another example of how versatile soy products can be. Fried and packaged in a way that makes them more like conventional snacks, soy crisps are high in protein and volume and much more substantial than an empty snack like pretzels. If you can't have a movie night without something salty and crispy, this is the snack for you.
Add low-fat crackers or plain nachos to this mix and you'll have a tasty snack that can compete with other movie staples like chips and cheese. Hummus can also be served with vegetables like sweet red peppers, carrot sticks or slices of toast. Peanut butter or garlic and other spices can also be added to the chick peas mix to season to taste. This snack is high in protein and vitamins, so feel free to indulge while glued to your big-screen.