The Secret of Healthy Movie Snacks
April 19, 2011 12 Comments
Why are these girls smiling? Perhaps, it is because they haven't inhaled their 1,200 calorie tub of popcorn...yet.
Or maybe it is because they are young and they don't have to think about their widening rear ends. (or maybe the movie is funny :)
The latest in SNACK news is that AMC has just come out with a "Smart Movie Snacks Bundle" that costs $7 and features bottled water, banana chips, popped corn chips, and an Odwalla trail mix bar.
FitSugar does a great job of reviewing the new snack pack - AMC Healthy Snacks Bundle Saves Calories at the Movies.
Well, I for one, am glad that there is a choice of snack that is 453 calories versus the calorie bomb of buttered popcorn and soda. What they chose is kinda bizarre (perhaps they should read Snack Girl for her list of Healthy Packaged Snacks), but at least it exists.
Of course, 453 calories isn't a snack - it is a meal, but I shouldn't nit pick.
There is a movie snack so OBVIOUS that it hurts me that AMC hasn't thought of it. It is whole grain, cheap, and fun to snack on.
Popcorn. Right now you are thinking that I am confused because they already serve popcorn, right? The problem is that they pop it in oil and then drizzle more oil to destroy any and all health benefits of eating it - and they serve you 20 cups of it in a large tub.
"A large tub of popcorn at Regal Cinemas, for example, holds 20 cups of popcorn and has 1,200 calories, 980 milligrams of sodium and 60 grams of saturated fat. Adding just a tablespoon of butter adds 130 calories. And do not forget that it comes with free refills." from Popcorn's Dark Secret.
Ummm, yeah, so is that really necessary?
Why not just air pop the popcorn (31 calories per cup)? If you serve 20 cups - you just served 600 calories instead of 1,200. Now, you might need to add something to flavor it. How about taking a look at my favorite resource on popcorn - the book "Popcorn" by Patrick Evans-Hyton? (see below)
He has a bunch of great, low calorie, and inspirational ideas for making popcorn taste great other than calorie laden butter
Then, AMC could be the first to serve gourmet, low calorie, organic popcorn in a 2 cup size and charge $7 for it. Think about it!
There is a market for this healthy snack or they wouldn't have come up with their strange "Snacks Bundle". My local movie theater actually has a bunch of different flavored salts to put on popcorn. The place is kinda artsy, fartsy.
(my favorite way to have popcorn at the movies is to smuggle in my own that I prepopped at home in my microwave see DIY Microwave Popcorn: Healthy, Yummy, and CHEAP - but this is a SECRET)
What do you think of AMC's healthy snack pack?