Is Popcorn Keto?

Keto Snack Ideas for the Movies – High Protein Low Carb Foods

Sitting in the dark and mindlessly eating dirty keto snacks is probably one of my all-time favorite activities. I know that might surprise you, seeing how I lost 140 pounds on DIRTY, LAZY, KETO, but old habits die hard! To this day, I still pack a ton of high protein low carb foods in my sneaky backpack-style purse to enjoy while watching a movie on the big screen.

Is popcorn keto? It depends. My answer might surprise you (or just make you sad). Popcorn, though high in fiber, still ranks pretty high in net carbs. Popcorn kernels come from corn, and corn (like the potato) is one of the starchiest vegetables on the planet. I bet you were hoping I would say something else, right? I know, I know. It’s SAD! I love popcorn too. According to AMC theatres, a refillable large tub of movie popcorn weighs in at 148 grams of carbohydrates (and to think I used to eat THAT, plus a refill… all by myself).

Do you have to go without popcorn forever? No way! If it fits in your macros, have some damn popcorn, I say! (So controversial, I know!). I definitely indulge on occasion, despite the fact that low carb popcorn sometimes tastes like Styrofoam. (I’m keepin’ it real here, folks!) Some of my favorites are Smartfood Delight White Cheddar Flavored Popcorn (7 net carbs per package); SkinnyPop Popcorn (7 net carbs per package), or Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP Sea Salt Popcorn (9 net carbs per package). Whatever brand you choose, do yourself a favor and think about portion control before you sit down in the dark. Purchasing individual-sized bags or portioning out a serving into a Ziplock bag will help prevent you from over-eating once the lights go down. As a reminder, here is how to calculate net carbs.

When I’m not enjoying popcorn, I pack plenty of high protein low carb foods in my giant purse. While I don’t eat these all at once, here are some suggestions to get you to the credits:

Too embarrassed to sneak in your own snacks? These days, the movie theatres sell a variety of foods at the concession stands besides popcorn or candy. Check to see if any of these keto snack ideas are available:

  • Hot Dog (toss the bun)
  • Side of Nacho Cheese
  • Dill Pickle
  • Coffee, Diet Soda or Sugar-free Seltzer Water
  • A Glass of Wine (who knew some theatres offer this?)

Critics might argue you should sit on your hands during the movie, exercising self-control over mindless snacking; I couldn’t DISAGREE more. I’ve spent a lifetime munching on sweet and salty snacks at the movie theatre, and I doubt these urges will ever go away. Instead of beating myself up about wanting to eat in the dark, I’ve learned to bring high protein low carb foods for my keto snacks. Is popcorn keto? Maybe! Be creative with your keto snack ideas.

Bottom line? Plan ahead or pack dirty keto snacks. But most important — Enjoy the show!

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