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Movie Theater Snack Attack!

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  • I used to sneak carrot sticks in, but one day I realized that just b/c I was at a movie or on a road trip didn't mean I needed to be eating! What a revelation! Now, I just watch movies and go to movies and eat when I'm hungry.
  • I sneak in Tootsie Roll pops, but don't get them out until the lights go down. One or two last a long time and they only have about 60 calories each. Fruit AND chocolate flavors, together.
  • I go to the Cinama once a week and sneek in a couple of apples or bag of grapes and a 500ml of water, I think the seats are getting bigger at Cineworld.
  • I pop my own popcorn at home in a brown paper lunch bag (no oil) in the microwave, add seasonings such as spray butter (no calories or fat), hot sauce, and Kernel Seasoning, and then take it with me to the theater. (Though I rarely go to the movies anymore. It's just too expensive!)
  • Ah, the beauty of big purses! I always sneak my own treats in just to avoid the ridiculous markups on the concession stand. Make a small bag of popcorn at home (put it in a Ziploc bag) and you won't be missing out on anything. Theatre employees (that are friends of mine) have told me in the past that they can only ASK that you don't bring in outside food - they can't take them from you or keep you from coming in. I just keep them in my bag until the lights go down and then pull them out discreetly.
  • I like to bring a Smartfood popcorn (100 cal.) to the movies and my water if I can get away with the water. IN the winter this is easy with winter coats and big pockets. ;)
    A note about the whole coconut oil connection. My understanding is if you use unprocessed coconut oil it is extremely healthy for you. The highly processed coconut oil, however, used in the theatre is not good at all. Unfortunately, we need to be aware of so much now a days if we want to eat healthy. I make homemade popcorn at home with pure coconut oil. It's great. But I doubt I could eat it at the theatre. Not that I'm an organic food snob ... I hate that. It's just once you've read all this stuff and it gets into your brain, it's really difficult to go back to your old ways. So I take my own snacks. For a treat I might take some wonderful dark chocolate. Or some homemade trail mix. The trick is not eating the entire bar - something I'm still working on. :)
  • Yay!!! I actually always bring my own snacks in the past because of price and now because of health. Recently I brought my own bottle of water, graham crackers and gum. Even if you eat beforehand, sometimes while watching a movie you just have an urge to chew! I'm grateful that I only like plain popped corn, because the calorie count in the article makes a person cringe.
  • Oddly, I feel prey to a medium popcorn bag at a movie theater at a midnight showing too. I don't love crowds of emotionally overwrought people and I stress ate the bag. I wish I saw this article two days ago... oh well, live and learn.
  • Coconut oil is pretty healthy. Why is this article saying it isn't? Is it about the saturated fat? Because the whole saturated fat= clogged arteries thing is an unfortunate myth that refuses to die. Bad science that has long since been debunked. Do any research on it from legitimate sources and you will find there is no connection. But even the medical websites refuse to update. I wish Sparkpeople was a bit more ahead of the times and would have more updated nutritional science.
    Regardless of that, otherwise, this is an interesting article. I fell prey to popcorn when I went to a midnight showing recently... Yeesh, no wonder it makes me feel sick.
  • Perhaps the title of this article should be changed.
  • Thank you, haven't been to the movie's lately, but when I do I won't be getting their popcorn. I'll take my own, or get something else less calorie and fat.
  • The one thing that keeps me from eating theater snacks when I go to the movies? THE PRICE!! You can pay upwards of $20 for popcorn, soda and candy...and trying to buy for more than one person? Forget it!

    I did try bringing my own snacks the last time I went to the movies...for health sake as well as that of my wallet. I brought a small bag of mini pretzels, a regular-sized Hershey bar (which I split in half with my son), and regular-sized pack of Twizzlers (which I also split with my son). I never drink at the movies...I'm always afraid I'll have to go to the bathroom and miss something good!
  • MAN! I gotta have my popcorn everytime I go to tha movies with butter. I guess next time I will try and bring some butterbuds in with me to use instead :( The good thing is, I never eat the candy or drink any soda! I always have a big bottle of water to drink instead. That's why I always figured I could get away with having my tasty buttered popcorn! LOL!
  • I am too cheap to buy snacks at the theater... I can't see spending $10 for a movie ticket and then spending $10+ dollars on popcorn and a small soda.

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