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8 movie snacks for a healthier crunch

Junk or healthy, cooked at home or bought in the store, snacks for the film may be completely different. So, whether you are planning a gathering with friends or simply want to enjoy a TV show or a movie, do not forget to take care of your favorite options. The right choice will always cheer you up and make a good movie even better. And, if the film is not that good, you have a good bite, at least!

Since everyone has their own preferences, we will offer a few great options in this article, so nobody will be left without ideas on what to prepare before watching their favorite TV show. So let's start with the simplest and go to more elaborate ones. Perhaps, we may even inspire you to create your own snack business, who knows?

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1. Popcorn

We believe that there is no movie snack more suitable than popcorn, that's why they sell it in all cinemas. However, while popcorn is readily available at almost any store, you can make it yourself as it's pretty easy and requires no special cooking skills. Plus, you will create the taste you like.

First, heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Second, pour in the popcorn kernels and sprinkle them with some salt. When they start to pop, shake the pan back and forth across the burner until the popping slows down. Once the pops are about 2 seconds apart, remove the pan from heat. For a butter flavor, melt a little butter in the now empty but hot pan over a slight heat, and drizzle over your popcorn. Other fun toppings may be as follows: caramel sauce, Spanish smoked paprika, cayenne or chili powder, grated Parmesan cheese, or even nutritional yeast for a vegetarian option. Try and discover for yourself - perhaps, you will no longer like returning to store-bought popcorn!

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2. Nachos

Classic nachos are chips made of thin tortilla bread with cheese and jalapenos. They make quite a satisfying snack, especially with the sauce and extra ingredients. Load them with nutrient-rich vegetables, beans, and lean ground meat, which will now be not only tasty but just as satisfying. In addition, you may complement the whole dish with guacamole packed with healthy monounsaturated fats and fiber, and nobody will say it's junk food!

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3. Chips

Chips are probably one of the most popular snacks, though definitely, not the lowest in calories. Of course, any store has an extensive choice of flavors; however, if you are conscious about your health, you can make your own snack, such as sweet potato chips. It will have less oil and sodium but won't be less tasty!

Slice sweet potatoes very thin using a knife, a peeler, or a mandoline slicer. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then, place the sliced potato in a big bowl and drizzle olive oil, so every slice is kissed with the olive oil on both sides. Then, place them in a single layer on the baking sheet and sprinkle them with flaky salt. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until crisp and golden around the edges. Take out when ready as they keep on getting crispier when cooling down. Other spices can be added if desired.

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4. Crackers

Crackers give the satisfying crunch that many people love. However, this snack is usually low in fiber and high in sodium. If you are after a healthy option, check your grocery store for those high in fiber and low in sodium, and top them with low-fat cheese. It will elevate the taste and take them from a “bad” snack to a healthy one. Or, you can make your own crackers.

Preheat the oven. Mix 1.5 cups of flour, 2 tsp of dried herbs of your choice, some pepper, 1 tsp of each salt and sugar, half tsp of baking powder, and 2 tbsp of olive oil in the food processor. Add 1.5 cups of water and pulse until even. Form a ball and let it rest for about ten minutes. Divide into 4 parts and roll each piece as thin as possible. Place it on parchment paper and bake for 4-5 minutes. Then, flip each cracker and bake for another 4-5 minutes. Turn the oven off and let them dry out and get crispy for 1-2 hours, then break them into pieces and enjoy.

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5. Nuts

Nuts, it seems, have it all — vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, protein, taste, crunch, and flavor. They are convenient, tasty, and versatile. For a satisfying movie watch, you may either pick something from a grocery store or try our simple recipe.

In a saucepan, combine 1 cup of sugar and a half cup of water, and bring it to boil over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved, add 2 cups of peanuts, and continue stirring until peanuts are evenly coated, and no syrup is left in the pan. Spread nuts on a lightly greased baking sheet, sprinkle them with some salt, and bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to evenly roast peanuts.

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6. Fruits and berries

Apples, plums, oranges, peaches, bananas, pears... Fruits are one of the primary sources of vitamins, so feel free to make a fruit plate for a guiltless snack. It will be not only healthy and tasty but also colorful and delicious, especially if you add some berries. Any berries will do - choose what you like. You may also try dried fruits. They go perfectly with a cup of tea! 

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7. Vegetable sticks with the sauce

Vegetables make a light and nutritious snack that anyone likes, especially when cut into sticks. Slice some carrot, cucumber, and celery, and prepare a bowl of garlicky yogurt sauce or hummus - and enjoy. You may include crispy flatbreads or sliced pita for a more filling option.

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8. Bruschetta

It's a popular Italian dish for a reason. The preparation is very simple and requires minimum effort: slice and toast bread, for example, baguette or rustic bread, in the oven, until light and crispy. Next, chop up some fresh Roma tomatoes, sweet onion, basil, and black olives and mix; add salt, pepper, and some balsamic vinegar. Warm up some extra virgin olive oil and add fresh minced garlic, then remove from the heat instantly and cool. Add to a vegetable and herb mixture, and serve. 

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