If you’ve recently adopted a healthier diet or steer clear of processed foods altogether, the movie theatre isn’t typically the place to get your snack on. If you need to munch on something during the feature, like we do—no need to worry. Whether you’re getting in on the action with Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation or cracking up with Amy Schumer in Trainwreck, these foods will satisfy your taste buds and enhance the movie house experience. Just don’t tell anyone we encouraged you to smuggle in non-concession snacks!
> Trail Mix
We’re big fans of versatile trail mix—you can tailor it to whatever you happen to be in the mood for, and you can throw it together in a couple of minutes. Plus, small sandwich bags are perfect to stuff in a pocket or purse. Our current combo of choice is sprouted almonds, cashews, and sunflower seeds with a few raisins to sweeten things up.
> Nut Butter & Crackers
Look for individual packets of nut butter, like the cashew, almond and coconut butters from Artisana at your neighborhood health food store. Simply tear off the corner and squeeze some onto a cracker. Mary’s Gone Crackers are perfect because they taste great with any variety of nut butter, and they’re loaded with essential omega-3 fatty acids for heart and brain health.
> Kale Chips
Skip the processed potato chips and make your own custom kale chips. All you need is a bunch of kale, a tablespoon of melted coconut oil and a teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt. Top with nutritional yeast for a ‘cheesy’ flavor. If you don’t have access to a dehydrator, bake them in the oven on a very low temperature. You can also get creative and bake some zucchini and carrot chips—for a variety of crunchy goodness.
No time to spend in the kitchen? Stop by Organic Avenue for kale and chia seed chips by itskale. They’re crunchy tortilla chips infused with protein-rich chia and everyone’s favorite leafy green.
> Dark Chocolate
Don’t mess with a classic. Bring a couple of bars of dark chocolate to break into squares and pass around to friends. Make sure the cacao content is 70% or higher for the most antioxidants. The OA Sea Salt and Almond Chunky bars, handcrafted in Brooklyn by Fine & Raw, not only meet that requirement, but also taste like heaven in a wrapper!
> BYO Popcorn
For many, it doesn’t feel like a movie night without a bag of popcorn in hand. If it’s fluffy, crunchy kernels you’re craving, but you don’t want the risk of consuming GMOs and trans fats, grab a few bags of Himalayan Pink Popcorn at OA. Made with just three ingredients—organic corn, organic coconut oil and Himalayan pink salt, you can have the complete movie experience and stick to your health goals, too!