If you’re like us we love to go to the movies and the best movies always come out during the summer. We took our two littles to go see Inside Out a couple of weeks ago and, since we are still doing our 100 Days of Real Food, I wanted to make sure that we weren’t gonna buy any sugary candy or any popcorn drenched in “butter” (if you can even call it butter). So, I made our own healthy summer movie snacks to bring and it was awesome!
Here’s what we brought!
1. My kids love Nuts and Raisins. They’ll sit and munch on them for a good 15 minutes. Might not sound like a long time but moms know how valuable 15 minutes can be!
2. Strawberries are also a must have. My husband doesn’t like them because they can get a little sticky. But I love them because they’re delicious!! And easy for the one-year-old to eat.
3. I really love the GoGo Squeeze apple sauces. They’re totally organic and have real food ingredients. The Costco brand of these are also good if not better than the GoGo Squeeze.
4. And of course you have to have Popcorn! I just learned how to make popcorn at home and I am thrilled with the outcome. Check it out!
You’ll need: A Paper Bag, Popcorn Kernels, Salt, and Oil or Butter.
Just dump a 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels into the bag. Fold the top down. Cook in the microwave for about 2 minutes or until the popping decreases to about 1 every 3 seconds. Then take out the bag, pour some melted butter or coconut oil in the bag and then shake it! You kind of have to use a lot of coconut oil for it to add to the flavor. Then add in some salt and shake some more! The bag will get all oily and gross so you’ll need to transfer it to ziplock bag or a bowl.
So easy and so yummy!! And a much healthier alternative to that delicious smelling, but ultimately super bad for you, theater popcorn.
I will also pop popcorn just in my frying pan on the stove top. Put some coconut oil and cinnamon and nutmeg in the pan, then add the kernels. Let them simmer in the oil as it heats up on medium heat. When the kernels start to pop put the lid on the pan and let the magic happen! When the popping stops, move the popcorn to a big bowl and add salt. And Boom! A healthy snack for the movies or for any time!
Here are some other healthy popcorn recipes
I hope this will inspire you to feed yourself and your family a little healthier even when you’re doing something fun as a family and just want to indulge in the ways of our crazy unhealthy world.
Happy Movie Going!!!
p.s. We thought Inside Out was a really funny and cute and super creative movie. The theme was awesome but I was a little surprised that my littles sat nicely through the whole thing because it got kind of serious at some points. Anyway, have a good weekend! Remember who you are! Make good choices!