The Oscars have passed, which means I have the urge to watch more movies in theaters. On the top of my list, I need to watch Slumdog Millionaire, Milk (for the fourth time!), Confessions of a Shopaholic, the Reader, and He’s Just Not That Into You. I want to see a majority of these movies. But there’s the dreaded food trap that mostly everyone falls into. I mean, if you’re going to watch a movie for over 2 hours, you need to snack on something. Arguably, theater food isn’t the best, but I picked up this analysis-survey that come in quite handy if you need to snack on something. So the lesson be is portions!
You want to see all the nominated films before the Oscars. Admirable goal. Just use our guide to find the smartest snacks at the Cineplex so you don’t gain 10 pounds doing it!
Sweet ‘n’ sour stuff tends to be lower-fat than chocolate, but it’s still dessert. Size counts too!
Worst: Skittles (7.2 oz.) 826 calories, 9.7 grams fat
Better:Twizzlers (6 oz.) 606 calories, 3.8 grams fat
Best: Sour Patch Soft & Chewy Candy (3.5 oz.) 375 calories, 0 grams fat
Yes, it’s a whole grain, but a large has close to the number of calories many women need in a day!
Worst: Large buttered popcorn 1,640 calories, 126 grams fat (That’s almost two days’ worth of fat!)
Better: Small, no butter 400 calories, 27 grams fat
Best: Kid size, no butter 300 calories, 20 grams fat
Frozen fruit? Always a winner. (7 fruits to eat this winter.)
Worst: Toll House chocolate-chip cookie ice cream sandwich 490 calories, 23 grams fat
Better: Butterfinger Loaded ice cream bar 290 calories, 19 grams fat
Best: Edy’s strawberry iced-fruit bar 120 calories, 0 grams fat
Unfortunately, most concession stands offer only one size (and who isn’t going to eat the whole box?). So go for something in a smaller package to keep portions in check.
Worst: Peanut M&M’s (5.3 oz.) 786 calories,39.3 grams fat
Better: Junior Mints (4.75 oz.) 595 calories,10.5 grams fat
Best: Milk Duds (3 oz.) 371 calories,13.1 grams fat
Did you know that chocolate along with these other foods can boost your mood?
In general, beware of anything with glow-in-the-dark cheese.
Worst: Nachos with cheese 894 calories, 52.5 grams fat
Better: Hot dog with ketchup 315 calories, 19 grams fat
Best: Soft pretzel 310 calories, 4 grams fat