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Who doesn’t love going to the movies? Whether it’s date night or a fun reprieve from the lingering summer heat, going to the movies can be a great weekend activity. However, if you’re working towards a fitness goal that snack counter can be a quick way to undo a lot of hard work.

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As you probably already know, I’m a big proponent of moderation. With the exception of allergies and general dislikes, I don’t believe in eliminating any specific foods from one’s diet. However, I also emphasize being mindful and aware of what you are eating. It can be rather difficult to be mindful while watching a movie in a dark theater with a jumbo bucket of buttery popcorn in your lap and a gallon of soda within arms reach. Odds are unless the movie sucks, you’re more aware of what’s going on in the movie than what you are putting in your mouth. Rather than mindlessly consume empty calories that you’re probably not fully enjoying, again unless the movie sucks, follow some of my favorite tips for making the movies more fit-friendly. Your waist and your wallet will thank you. IMG_0841

I always make sure to pack my snacks and a water bottle before I go to the movies. I try to be as honest with myself as possible about what I want and figure out how to best fit that into my current diet plan. I personally always like to have something sweet and salty. Some of my favorite snacks to take include:

  • Quest bar/Power Crunch bar
  • Air popped popcorn seasoned with Flavor God seasoning -Far fewer calories and fat than movie theater popcorn and the seasoning adds a ton of flavor. Also, popcorn is packed with fiber to help keep you feeling full
  • Fresh veggies. I love fresh bell peppers, and they’re loaded with vitamin C.
  • Mini candy bars. Since I only take a couple, it’s portion controlled. I’ll still satisfy my sweet tooth without overindulging. Not to mention it’s way cheaper than paying $6 at the movie theater.

If I really want movie popcorn, I’ll get a small or kids size, but I have to really want it. Most of the time I’m just as satisfied with the healthier version, and I feel a lot better afterward. As always it’s a matter of what works best for you. What is the right balance between your health and fitness goals and satisfying your current cravings and desires? After all, life was meant to be enjoyed.