It's Friday night.....you've just ended a long week at the salt mines and want to go to the movies to destress. You enter the cinema and all you can focus on is the smell of freshly buttered popcorn. You're thinking "I've deserved this, I've had a long week".
You order a large popcorn, soda and a box of M&M's.
By the time the commercials are done, you are half way through your snacks, feeling a bit gross already.
By the time the movie is over, your stomach hurts and you are hyped up on sugar. You get home and can't fall asleep for a long time. When you wake up, you are tired and feeling regretful of last night's choices, not to mention the disappointment you feel when you step on the scale to realize just how costly last night was.
Can we make this scenario a bit better? Yes, we can.
But brace yourself. It will require you to be adventurous and smuggle your own food to the cinema.
Since many of my clients live in Ridgefield, CT or nearby, they are familiar with the Prospector Theater and CVS pharmacy.
One of my clients asked me if I can come up with ideas for healthier foods to bring to the movies that can be purchased at that pharmacy.
So here's me out and about taking pictures of chips and candy at CVS.
This is what I came up with.
When you feel like getting something salty or crunchy
I was really surprised with the variety of healthier popcorn, chips and other snack options at CVS. There was a tremendous amount of organic, non-gmo snacks, unsweetened versions of popcorn, tortilla chips and even kale chips. Go for the single serve packs whenever possible. They are a bit more expensive but it's MUCH easier to control your eating.
When you feel like getting something sweet
Again, I was surprised with the variety of healthier choices such as freeze-dried fruit, lower sugar bars/cookies, organic options, and lots of single serve treats. Definitely go for those!
When you feel like getting something creamy
Yet again, I was shocked that you can now get greek yogurt, protein shakes and charcuterie snacks at a pharmacy. That's pretty cool actually. Lots of good options to replace ice cream or sugary sodas and smoothies at the movies.
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