“Would you scarf down three quarter pounders and 12 pats of butter in one sitting while watching the latest release at the movies? That’s what a new report says you’re getting in terms of fat and calories with a medium tub of movie theater popcorn, and that’s before they pour on the buttery topping.”
“I think most of us realize that movie theater popcorn is not exactly a health food, but did you realize that a medium size popcorn without added butter may contain between 650 – 900 calories and 43-60 grams of fat? You probably thought it wasn’t so bad because you didn’t add butter! Now if you add butter, the calories jump to 910-1460 calories and 71-97 grams of fat. This is more than 6 McDonald’s cheeseburgers!
“For another reference point, eating a large movie popcorn is the equivalent of scarfing three Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pepperoni Pizzas, or a pound of baby back ribs topped with a scoop of Haagen Dazs ice cream.”
So because everyone loves to munch on something while watching their favorite new flick, check out some of these FittChick “approved” tips to help you enjoy the movie without packing on the pounds.
1. Bring in your own snack! Pop a 100 calorie mini bag of popcorn at home and eat that instead of the movie theater popcorn.
2. If you really have the urge for real movie popcorn, get a kid size if they have it – no butter of course!
3. If you can skip the popcorn, almonds or pistachios are just as crunchy and will satisfy your need for something salty.
4. Another good option is Quaker cheddar or popcorn flavored rice cakes, or an individual bag of Skinny Pop.
If you know your heading to the movies and can’t skip the goodies….check out this list of calories and fat for you favorite movie theater snacks