5 ways to lighten up movie theater treats

Since childhood we’ve associated going to a movie with popcorn, soda and candy. But for adults trying to watch their weight snacking at the movies can present a triple calorie bomb. A large tub of popcorn holds about 20 cups and contains approximately 100 grams of fat – which is more than your typical fast-food burger! A plate of concession-stand nachos with cheese isn’t much better, piling in at 1,100 calories and 60 grams of fat! One package of chocolate-covered raisins has 210 calories, and with your 16 oz. regular soft drink you’ll swallow about 200 calories. Get the picture?

However, movie-treats needn’t be off-limits. Here are some tips for enjoying a tasty snack along with the show.

Think small

Stick to small-sized servings. Sure, it’s cheap to trade up from a small to medium popcorn, but by doing that, you pick up an extra 500 calories. Your best bet: pop your own 100-calorie bag of popcorn at home and it’ll be almost fat-free as long as you pass on the butter or margarine and flavor it with a few sprinkles of garlic powder, paprika, cinnamon, Mrs. Dash, or some grated parmesan cheese.

Eat less by sharing

Share candy with your friends and automatically you’ll cut your consumption by at least half.Yep, it’s that simple.

Sip no-cal drinks

Stick to diet soda or water and you can sip away without worry.

Mix your own healthier crunch

Bring a baggie of DIY trail mix made with some crunchy high fiber cereal, salty pistachio nuts, and tangy bits of dried fruit.

Chocolate bites

Skip those jumbo candy bars and bring three of your favorite miniature chocolate bars.

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Tanya Zuckerbrot MS, RD, is a registered dietitian in New York City and author of the Miracle Carb Diet: Make Calories and Fat Disappear – with fiber as well as the bestselling F-Factor Diet. Follow Tanya on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and visit her website Ffactor.com.