Movie nights are much anticipated events around here, especially new releases they haven't seen before. Since movie night is often on a weekend, the pre-movie meal will commonly be pizza and chocolate milk (something that was basically a tradition for me growing up), so keeping snacks fun but also healthy is always at the forefront of my mind.
I want my boys to love healthy food and see it as a treat not an alternative. It's might take a little creative thinking outside the box on your part, but fun creations like frozen dipped banana pops (my recipe below) or even homemade popcorn balls actually tend to be more appealing than junk food.
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We'd love to know what your movie night snacks are (just leave us a comment below, yes we read them all), especially any fun and healthy ideas. Our go-to movie night snack is definitely popcorn, a simple healthy snack that kids love (and frankly they don't know it's healthy).
Creative Movie Night Snack Ideas
When we're looking for something a little out of the ordinary, we might do Caramel Apple Dippers (homemade or store bought caramel with sliced apples for dipping, but also yummy with dipped marshmallows believe it or not).
Or how about a really fun Dessert Fondue night? You don't really even need fondue pots (though they are convenient for keeping the dip at the right temperature.. and let's face it they're kinda fun).
You can simply have a couple pots of dips (chocolate and caramel are always hits) served with skewers filled with slices of things like bananas, strawberries, marshmallows and pound cake. Feel free to get creative, even dipped pineapple slices are yummy, be sure to serve up a variety of fruits or even pretzels for dipping in addition to any sugary foods.
Frozen Banana Pops
Although you could use this idea with a variety of fruits, my preference is Bananas, they are a fun treat that come in a convenient shape. Here's how we do it:
Bananas (peel and cut in half)
Chocolate Chips (melted and stirred in double boiler)
Chopped peanuts (totally optional)
Skewers (kabob skewers cut in half work great)
Gently insert a skewer in the cut end of one half banana
Dip banana into the melted chocolate coating at least 3/4 of the banana with a light layer of chocolate.
Roll in chopped peanuts if desired.
Place each banana onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet.
Once you have repeated the process with the desired number of banana halves and have them laid out on the cookie sheet simply set the cookie sheet in the freezer for about 30 mins to chill.
There are so many great movie snack ideas that are tons of fun and amazing for creating memories! This is a fantastic way to start a new tradition with your family.
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