CNN has a couple of interesting articles out today regarding movie snacks. See here and here. It seems as though cinemas across the country may start offering healthier and more upscale food choices so that you don’t have to make a meal of popcorn and soda for a 7pm showing. I think it’s great that theaters are attempting to be conscious about the food they serve and pleasing diverse consumer tastes. But my feeling is this…no one is able to look out for your health better than you. If you want movie snacks, bring your own. I don’t care if the sign says “no outside food or drink.” If theaters aren’t willing or able to provide affordable, truly healthy options, I have a right to bring my own food. After all, I paid for entry and there are no rules prohibiting or drink on the premises. And from the looks of things, theaters have a LONG way to go before anything they offer can be considered healthy or affordable.
Typically, when I go to the movies, I bring my own popcorn from home (with salt, red pepper, freshly grated parmesean, chili oil, you get the idea) in individual sandwhich baggies. It’s a fraction of the cost and calories and tastes far better than dry, stale theater kernels. Substitute a small bottle of flavored sparkling water for soda and try dried apricot and pinapple instead of gummy candies (though I really truly love gummy candies so I understand how that might be difficult for some). Need a chocolate fix? That’s easy, bring your own bar of 60% or higher organic dark chocolate.
Or, eat before you go and use your time for watching the movie, rather than eating.
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