The average adult needs 2,000 calories per day. If you hit up a movie theater concession stand, you can easily come near that number in a matter of minutes. With obesity rates ballooning, most Americans can't afford that kind of splurge. So instead of expanding your waistline, have a movie night at home and make a heart-healthy snack.
Click through the gallery for five delicious and healthy movie snack ideas you can whip up in just a few minutes.
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This healthy snack meets a bunch of flavor points—spicy, sweet, sour, and salty. Food Network has an easy recipe: Just peel a jicama, cut it into sticks, toss with lime juice, and sprinkle with chopped cilantro, salt, sugar, and chili powder.
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Companies have found a way to make trail mix as high-cal as a candy bar. Opt out of the sugar bomb that bagged trail mixes are and make your own with healthy ingredients like dried fruit and nuts. Fill a baggie for the movies and save the rest for breakfast or snacks on the go.
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Hummus and Toast
Hummus and toast may seem like a plain Jane snack, but whip up the right batch of hummus and you'll be happy you went DIY. Check out a bunch of low-fat, five-minute hummus options at yummly.com.
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Healthy Potato Chips
While nothing says snack like a bag of potato chips, the oily store-bought variety can be bad for your waistline. Cut back on calories and fat by making your own. As an added bonus, when you make them yourself, you can choose your own flavors! Try this five-minute potato chip recipe on instructables.com.
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Feeling fancy? Kick your snack up a notch with a little bruschetta. Think fresh basil, diced tomatoes, and a drizzle of olive oil. Food Gawker has the five-minute recipe.
A sucker for sustainable agriculture and a good farmers market, Megan likes writing about food almost as much as eating it. If you don't want to know what's in your fruit/milk/meat, don't invite her to lunch.@babybokchoy | TakePart.com