What makes a good family movie night experience even better? That’s right! A bowl full of cheesy nachos or caramel popcorn, things you might regret having the next morning when you step up on your scales to find out you gained a few extra kilos. A study by the United States Department of Agriculture found that snacking causes weight gain, especially when those snacks are high in calories and low in nutrients.
But you don’t need to snack on unhealthy foods. In fact, you can completely disassociate the words “snack” and “weight gain” by going for healthier alternatives that contain fewer calories and more nutrients, and still taste great.
Here are some healthy movie time snacks that your taste buds and your body will thank you for:
1. Healthy Chili and Lime Popcorn
Do not limit your taste buds to salt and butter popcorn. Experience something healthier, lower in calories, and definitely delicious.
- Put 5 tablespoons of popcorn in a bowl with 4 tablespoons of water.
- Squeeze half a lime and cover the popcorn with another bowl, leaving a small opening for the steam.
- Place in the microwave for 3-5 mins on maximum power.
- Top with chili powder and some lime zest, and enjoy!
Did you know?
Chili powder contains iron and copper which are necessary for making healthy red blood cells, and can help prevents anemia!
2. Baked Edamame
Spread some edamame onto baking paper on an oven tray, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and put it in the oven at 190 C degrees for 20 mins. Add some sea salt and enjoy your high-protein, high-fiber, low-fat snack.
3. Dried Fruits
If you are craving sweet snacks then dried fruits can help! Fruits contain more fiber when they are dried, and this helps keep your digestive system going smoothly. For example, a fresh apricot contains 3.1 grams of fiber while a dried apricot contains 6.5g! According to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, fiber can help prevent heart disease, obesity, and even some forms of cancer. What’s more, a 2005 study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that fruits like figs and dates are high in phenols (a type of antioxidants), which are known to prevent cancer.
There are endless options when it comes to healthy snacks, just get creative in your kitchen with the help of nutritious fruits and vegetables. Create your own low fat dip—try homemade hummus with cucumbers, or mashed avocados with baby carrots! Replace fizzy drinks with a banana and berry smoothie or a sugar-free hot chocolate. Enjoy a healthier movie night with the ones you love knowing that you chose what is best for them.