Best and Worst Movie Food Picks
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Get ready to cringe: A medium popcorn and medium regular soda at Regal Theaters can pack as many as 1,600 calories!!! That’s about the amount recommended for an average woman for an entire day! Although many large restaurant chains and other places that sell prepared food will be required to display calorie counts under new federal regulations, movie theaters are exempt — making it even more important to get the facts before you go. Granted, an occasional movie splurge is unlikely to hurt anyone, but frequent theatergoers would be smart to seek out less sinful swaps.
Smarter swap: Get the smallest size of popcorn offered — at Cinemark, the junior bag has 200 calories, 11 grams of fat, and 190 mgs of sodium — and say no to any extra topping. Even better, split the popcorn with your movie date.
Smarter swap: If you must satisfy your sweet tooth, pick something like Twizzlers or Sour Patch Kids over chocolate, which contains more fat and calories. But you still need to watch the portion size: Four pieces of Strawberry Twist Twizzlers have just 133 calories, less than 1 gram of fat, and 95 mg of sodium, while 1.5 ounces of Sour Patch Kids contain 140 calories, no fat, and 30 mg of sodium. Share the candy with a friend so you’re guaranteed not to eat the whole box.
If you order a movie theater soda, you'd better be pretty thirsty. In the 1950s, an average-size fountain soda was about 7 ounces; today, a small soda from Regal Cinemas is over four times that amount, at 32 ounces, or 4 cups. A large-size soda from the same chain holds nearly 7 cups —that's 500 calories and 33 teaspoons of sugar!
Smarter swap: Your best option is water or a small diet soda.
Smarter swap: Believe it or not, a plain hot dog on a bun is a better option. It contains half the calories (242), and also provides 10 grams of filling protein (it does contain 15 grams of fat, so it’s still not exactly a health food). Squirt on some mustard to juice up the flavor while adding a mere 5 calories.
Smarter swap: Satisfy your cinnamon cravings with some old-fashioned Red Hots instead — 20 pieces have just 70 calories and no fat or sodium.
Tempted by those gooey pizza pies at the movies? A 7-inch Freschetta pepperoni pizza at Cinemark theaters serves up 530 calories, 22 grams of fat, and 1,270 milligrams of sodium — not horrible if it’s serving as your dinner, but pretty substantive for a matinee snack.
Smarter swap: If you're craving the chewiness and warmth of pizza, soft pretzel bites are a good option. Even with the cheese dipping sauce, they contain about 250 calories and 9 grams of fat. If you're watching your sodium intake, however, skip the sauce — since the bites alone contain 890 mg.
Other helpful info. you might like to know...
Calories of popular movie theater favorites:
- Large Buttered Popcorn (20 cups): 1500 calories, 116g fat, 90g carbs
- Hot Dog (1 dog with bun): 305 calories, 4.5g fat, 23g carbs
- Nachos with Cheese (large, 4 oz): 1101 calories, 59g fat, 131.5g carbs
- Soft Pretzel (large): 483 calories, 4.5g fat, 99g carbs
- Cotton Candy (2.5 oz): 300 calories, 0g fat, 74g carbs
- Junior Mints (3 oz): 320 calories, 5g fat, 68g carbs
- Milk Duds (3 oz): 340 calories, 12g fat, 56g carbs
- Sno-Caps (3.1 oz): 360 calories, 16g fat, 60g carbs
- Raisinets (3.5 oz): 380 calories, 16g fat, 64g carbs
- Gummi Bears (4 oz): 390 calories, 0g fat, 90g carbs
- Goobers (3.5 oz): 525 calories, 35g fat, 55g carbs
- Twizzlers (6 oz): 600 calories, 4g fat, 136g carbs
- M&M's (5.3 oz): 735 calories, 31.5g fat, 105g carbs
- Skittles (6.75 oz): 765 calories, 9g fat, 166.5g carbs
- Reese's Pieces (8 oz): 1200 calories, 60g fat, 138g carbs
- Starburst (24 pieces): 480 calories, 10.5g fat, 99g carbs
- Coca-Cola with ice (large, 3 pints, 18.9 fl oz): 353 calories, 0g fat, 88.4g carbs
I realize to avid movie theater goers this post may be somewhat of a downer but it's if you're trying to succeed at fitness, I think it's always best to know before ya' go! When you know in advance, even if you do choose to eat a high calorie movie treat, you can plan the rest of your day accordingly, whether that be extra added physical activity/exercise or a smaller amount of calories for the remaining day. So now you know. :)
Talk to you later, fitness peeps!
And as always, keep it healthy!