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Movie Theater Snack Attack!

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    We went to the movie theater a couple of days ago and I brought along a Ziploc bag full of grapes. I know you're not supposed to sneak food in, but when there aren't any healthy choices available at the concession stand, you do what you have to do.
    Our movie theater just started carrying Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches. 150 calorie snack and the movies!
  • To me, eating during a movie is a working definition of mindless eating. I think some people do it to work off the tension of the plot - maybe taking a squeeze toy along would be a better idea?

    The hot dog looks like the best bet on the list, despite copy to the contrary..
  • Thanks very much for this eye-opening article!
    I find this is an example of HABITS. When I am at home, through journaling I have identified that when I pop a DVD in, I also tend to pop a bag of microwave popcorn, so ingrained is the association between movies and eating!
    Now that movies have become so ridiculously expensive, AND I've mentally made the switch to choose what I eat, I tend to have a "normal" meal before I go to the movies and to not buy anything from concessions. This also tends to reduce the problem of drinking a liter of soda and then trying to sit through a two hour movie which usually includes getting your adrenaline pumping and making you have to go to the bathroom! Anybody else have that issue - to hold it or to miss part of the movie?
    It was also amazing to see the snack options lined up with the calorie counts and fat content. Glad I gave up peanut M&Ms as my go-to snack! And you are completely right - whatever size you buy, you usually eat!
  • I won't lie, i am the first one to dive into some nachos! I think eating while watching a movie is fine, that's what people came for. Thanks for this article! Mike & Ike's will be my new favorite friend!
  • I look at this as at least now when I do have my popcorn with Reese's I will be making an informed decision and know what I am putting in my body. I don't always get popcorn, but I will admit that I really love it. Thanks to this articel, I will probably do this less than I used to. Great information and I really appreciate it.
  • I really do not understand the need or wish to snack while watching films or TV.
    And I find the noises from snacking people in the cinema offensive, because I have paid my hard-earned money to watch - and hear - a film, not to listen to folk crinkling, rustling, chatting, whatever.

    There are films I'd love for hubby and me to go and watch and the cinema, and I woud save my pennies for the treat.
    But the noise and commotion all around just really puts me off.
  • A good substitution for movie candy is buying it at CVS or the supermarket. You have better options to choose from, they come in smaller portions, and they're cheaper, too!
  • I have been bringing my own snacks to the theater since my children were small. Boxed juice for them in stead of soda, bottled water for me. Boxed raisins, pre-sliced oranges or cuties, nuts or breakfast/granola bars.. I just put it all in my handbag, no one is going to check when you come in the theater. Althought we do have several theaters around town that allow you to bring in you own stuff.
    Don't all Junior Mints boxes state that it's been a FAT-FREE food since 19-whatever??
    wow! what a wake up call!
  • How long is a movie? 1 1/2 hours? Why do people find it so necessary to snack during the movie?
  • I'll definately be prepared tonight. I'm more focused on the meal after at Uno's. But for the movies, I plan to take some raisins and a bottle of water to tide me over until Dinner or I may take my own popped popcorn. Now to go check out the calorie options at Uno's!

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