It's hard to stick to your healthy eating/weight loss plan when you're at the movies. All your determination is under attack from all sides from rustling candy wrappers, fizzy drinks being slurped and enticing aromas assailing your nostrils. The key is to turn your determination into focusing on how you can eat healthy and not feel like you're missing out.
1. Plan Ahead
One of the best ways to eat healthy at the movie theatre is to have a think at home and plan what you are going to get before you actually arrive at the cinema. Getting up to the counter can be quite overwhelming with the smell of the candy and the popcorn, and a person who doesn’t have a plan already can get carried away and buy all the bad things! Take some water with you so you don’t have to buy a soda, and have the will power to stick to your original plans!
2. Hot Pretzel
When it comes to movie theatre snacks that aren’t going to make you regret it in terms of health effects, a hot pretzel definitely isn’t the worst choice you could make. They might not smell or taste as good as the ones from the local bakery, but they aren’t filled with sugar or saturated fat and if you really want to go that extra mile to make them as healthy as possible, you can always brush off a lot of the salt that sits on top of them.
3. No Butter
It might taste oh so good, but if you are on a health kick, then you really need to bite the bullet and ask for your popcorn without the butter. Plain popcorn might not sound like the dream movie snack, but once you get in to the plot of the film, you will soon find that you don’t miss the butter that much and can enjoy your food knowing that it is slightly healthier than it should have been.
4. Bring Your Own
Be a rule breaker! Bring your own snacks! We all know it’s frowned upon, but take out your biggest coat and fill the pockets full of healthier snacks from your own home. That way, you won’t even have to contend with trying to make a healthy choice at the snack counter. You have your very own tuck shop hidden away in the depths of your oversized coat!
5. DIY Popcorn
If you want to be a little more adventurous with bringing your own snacks but want to stay in the tradition of the movie theatre, why not try preparing some popcorn at home that you know has been made in a healthier way with healthier toppings? It can be oil free, butter free, salt free, anything you want free!
6. Self Control
Casual snacking during a movie can result in you eating a lot more than you thought you had, so measure out suitable portions for yourself before the movie starts and take your time eating that amount. Once it’s finished, you’ll know that you have eaten the portion that you allowed for yourself, no danger of overeating.
7. Hard Candy Challenge
If candy is your cinema snack of choice, then set aside a handful of boiled sweets and make sure that each one is completely dissolved in your mouth before you pop another in. This can be a time consuming and tasty exercise to undertake, and something like 5 Life Saver candies only amounts to 57 calories, not bad at all!
Please don't go to the movies determined not to eat anything. That's setting yourself up for failure. Healthy eating and weight loss is not about deprivation.