Nothing says “movie night” quite like a heaping bowl of popcorn fresh out of the microwave and a side of candy fresh out of the – er – box. Unless, of course, movies are a frequent hobby of yours, in which case the buttery and sugary goodness may start to lose its charm. But who can watch a movie without something to crunch on? (No one, that’s who!) Plus, if you’re watching with children toward the evening, it’s ideal not to get them – or yourself – ramped up on sweets before bed. That’s why it’s important to add a touch of variety to your typical snack arsenal, depending on what you’re looking for in a treat. Read on for 3 healthy snacks you can incorporate into your next movie night.
1. Crunch-lovers rejoice: Carrots, apples, cucumbers, oh my!
Some people love food, others love the feeling of food. If you enjoy the crunchy experience (and don’t have a room full of guests to judge you), load up on healthy alternatives that give the same satisfaction as a handful of popcorn. Carrots, cucumbers and apple slices are amazing for keeping your teeth busy, and can be paired with various dips for a unique flavor in every bite. Since fruits and veggies are healthy on their own, you can splurge on dips such as ranch and caramel. Plus, having a tray full of freshness is sure to add a gourmet element to your movie night.
2. Willy Wonka and the… sweetened coconut chip factory?
Hear us out, chocolate may be high on the list of desired movie treats, but saving this for special occasions will only serve to make it even better. For frequent movie nights, try something new like sweetened coconut chips. You’d be amazed at just how sugary this snack can be – as toasted coconut tends to absorb the flavor of what it’s cooked with (which is why it can be utilized in both sweet and savory dishes). Additionally, coconut chips are full of fiber, which helps to keep you satisfied throughout even the longest movies.
3. I’ll be back: Popcorn trail mix
Now, we can’t deny that popcorn truly is a classic snack – and many simply can’t go without it time and time again… but that’s okay! When it’s plain and its own, popcorn is actually a very healthy snack with a mighty crunch; however, without the added butter and salt, it doesn’t have the same effect on the taste buds. Instead, create your own popcorn trail mix! Buy plain popcorn and mix in salty snacks that have health benefits (rather than pure salt alone). For example, a bowl of plain popcorn mixed with salted peanuts, cashews or almonds can give that same amazing flavor with a delicious twist. For a salty/sweet combo, you can also add raisins, cranberries or both.
Upgrade your next movie night with a snack you’ll look forward to! Have a different suggestion you’d like to share? Leave a comment below.