Looking for delicious yet healthy snacks for a movie night this weekend? Then you’ll LOVE this post. I myself started implementing some of these healthy snacks at home and Cris was pleasantly surprised with the banana chips last night when we watched The Office reruns.
The Best Healthy Snacks for a Movie Session at Home
Hi girls, how are you today?
Since most people now are stuck in their houses all day long for seemingly months on end, there are more opportunities and time to spend with your husband/boyfriend more often, or with your whole family, if that is the case where you are still living with your parents.
Personally to me, nothing beats a good family day than cooking together and then sitting on the couch to watch a good movie before bedtime. To me regardless if I just ate an entire pizza, I will always have space in my belly for snacks to nibble on during the movie (‘’hi, my name is Ana and I am addicted to popcorn since I am a kid’’).
However, as healthy grown-ass women, we know that we can’t simply devour an entire eggplant lasagna and then splurge on a bag of popcorn and Coca-Cola on a Monday, right? Sometimes, we need to make healthier choices.
However, being healthy does not equate to being boring, quite the contrary.
That is why in this post, I will go over the top options of healthy snacks for a movie night. If you have kids, this is the perfect opportunity to educate them into enjoying healthy snacks as opposed to always craving chips. It is, after all, a mindset shift.
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Healthy Snacks for a Movie Night, Perfect for Couples or Girls’ Night
#1 Healthy Popcorn
Who says popcorn can’t be healthy? (yaaaaaay).
All you gotta do is skip out the butter (I know! I will give you a minute to get over the butter-less popcorn disappointment).
How Do You Make Healthy Popcorn?
You can air pop your popcorn using no oil at all or you can also use water as an alternative. Before buying your popcorn kernels, please be aware of added sweeteners and chemicals (be sure to always check the ingredients and nutritional information).
#2 Chocolate-Dipped Fruits
Chocoholics, unite. There is a way to satisfying your sweet tooth while keeping the calories to a minimum. Switch your milk chocolate for dark chocolate instead. Spice the night up by melting the chocolate in and dipping in your favorite fruits. The dynamic duo, strawberry, and banana are a crowd favorite.
I recommend this small yet practical chocolate fondue set. This way, you can safely melt the chocolate from the comfort of your couch.
#3 Frozen Grapes and Berries
If you are a candy type of woman, obsessed with gummy bears, anything chewy and sour candy, did you know that one theater-sized box is easily double to triple the recommended daily limit for sugar? Instead, I advise switching to frozen fruits, such as frozen grapes, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.
These frozen fruits are cool and perfect for summer, easy to pop in your mouth and a sweet-tart solution to sugar cravings.
TIP: Spread grapes or other berries out on a baking sheet, so they freeze separately, before tossing them into a zip-top plastic bag.
#4 Switch Ice Cream for Fruit Popsicles
Adding on to my prior point, summer calls for ice cream, right? I am guilty of single-handily being capable of eating an entire Chunky Monkey from Ben & Jerry’s in one sitting (and alone, sigh).
However, I am aware of a few ladies out there who have gained some unwanted weight during these dreadful quarantine months and who now are all looking forward to shedding a few pounds.
Substituting ice cream for delicious frozen fruit popsicles is the way to go.
Fruit popsicles are fun to make, beautiful to see and delicious to eat (not to mention one of the most fantastic healthy snacks for a movie night during warm summer months.
For a simple and quick way of making fruit popsicles:
Pick your favorite fruit, place a piece inside the ice cube tray, add water and a toothpick, and let it freeze overnight.
How to Make ‘’Pro’’ Fruit Popsicle at Home
I found this AMAZING YouTube tutorial on how to make healthy popsicles at home and I had to share it. I love how colorful they look, not to mention super healthy.
#5 Crispy Crunchy Beans
As a Brazilian, how can I not recommend beans? (if you don’t know it, black beans are a HUGE element of Brazilian cuisine and we eat them daily in Brazil for lunch and/or dinner).
Both chickpeas and edamame are doing a pretty good job of pretending to be popcorn these days, and they offer some additional satisfying plant protein and iron. Drizzle with a little olive oil, sprinkle lightly with salt, and roast until crunchy.
Tip: Don’t undermine your inner Chef. You can further roll them around in some Italian-inspired garlic, oregano, and parsley, or Indian-style coriander, cumin, and cayenne. Let your taste buds guide you.
#6 Garlicky Kale Chips
Sweet potato, kale, and zucchini store-bought chips could be high on sodium (e sure to check the labels whenever you buy these). Instead, why not roast them at home yourself. This way, you have more control over the ingredients and you further preserve the nutritional benefits of the veggies.
Toss kale leaves with olive oil and garlic, and toast until papery and crisp in a hot oven. See below a video on how to make PERFECT homemade Kale chips.
#7 Tortilla Chips & Guacamole
Who isn’t obsessed with avocados by now? Avocados are amazing with virtually anything and are especially great to eat during a movie night.
Mash them into a homemade guac and serve with veggie sticks and/or whole-grain chips.
Pro Tip: Just as with veggie chips, keep an eye on fat and sodium. I further recommend looking for tortillas made from real and recognizable ingredients, starting with whole-grain corn—you might also see multigrain wheat, barley, or rye.)
#8 Chicken Dogs with Grilled Veggies
There are a lot of good reasons to avoid processed meat—(I personally have a histamine intolerance to processed meat). However, if you love your summer hot dogs, there are for sure better substitutions.
Have you ever tried an all-natural chicken dog, made with real boneless, skinless meat? Put them on a whole-wheat bun, and pile on grilled onions and peppers, yum!!!
#9 Healthy Dips
If you’re setting out a spread at home, dips and dippers, like veggies and hummus, or even a tuna paste made from yogurt instead of mayo are also great options.
#10 Banana Chips
When I lived in Thailand this was my favorite go-to snack. I loved munching in banana chips on my way home from work.
Try and make them homemade for better benefits. Find below a video teaching how to make extra crunchy banana chips (spoiler: there is frying involved, meaning it is not 100% healthy but it is certainly a lot better than greasy store-bought potato chips.
#11 Crunchies Inside Bag
If you need to feed your popcorn placebo effect with something quick to eat from a bag, take a handful of spiced pecans, rosemary almonds, or olive-oil granola to go.
Find below some other popcorn substitutes:
- Coconut flakes
- Pumpkin seeds
Toss with a little sea salt, cinnamon, and coconut oil and voila!
For an extra movie effect, serve them inside these reusable popcorn bowls and get ready for a delicious, guilt-free movie night!
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What’s your favorite healthy snacks for a movie session at home from this list?
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