Something about November just makes us want to shut the curtains, light a fire and snuggle down in front of a great movie. In fact we think that November should be National Movie Night Month! But ours would have a healthy, balanced, diet-friendly twist…
Just because we want to watch movies back-to-back doesn’t mean we have to become couch potatoes! Here are our tips on making your movie night fun, cosy – and good for you!
- We’re not going to tell you which movie to choose. However, why not try something different and go for a international film. A good starting point, if you need it, is to choose from the back catalogue of the Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film category. Sure, you’ll be reading the subtitles, but if the film is good, you won’t even be aware that you’re multi-tasking and working your brain while you’re enjoying a movie.
- Part of the allure of movie night is getting cosy. But why not take a few minutes to work out your core muscles every now and again? Sit up straight, feet flat on the ground, and roll gently back and forth on your sit bones (the bones at the bottom of your pelvis), using your stomach muscles to create the gentle move. You could also sit on the ground and every so often raise your feet off the ground with knees bent, so that your lower legs are parallel with the ground.
So, what to eat – it’s movie night after all!
- Well, obviously popcorn is going to be on your menu. If you eat a lot of popcorn, it’s worth investing in an air-popper. Otherwise, use only a small amount of fat to line the pan – coconut oil is a healthy choice – and choose a heavy-based pan with a tight-fitting lid.
- Without wanting to sound too healthy, ditch the crisps in favour of kale chips. Simple to make, these moreish snacks are a fabulous source of iron, magnesium and B vitamins. Bake, rather than fry them, and they’ll have negligible levels of fat and calories too – meaning you’ll get crunch and goodness – ideal for movie night!
- Pizza can also be a big feature in movie nights but there’s no denying that they’re not usually the first choice for healthy food: high in refined carbs and saturated fats too name a few. However, making your own using wholewheat or non-wheat flour, choosing small amounts of strong, artisan cheese, extra virgin olive oil, and raw veggies is a great healthy substitute. Or skip the pizza altogether – opting for a few slices of great cheese, home-made oatcakes, and some delicious relish instead.
- Many people demand ice-cream with their movies – and we agree! But if you want something more nutritious – not to mention diet-friendly – why not make your own frozen popsicles instead? With just a fraction of the calories of ice-cream, blending fresh berries with whole natural yoghurt makes delicious treats which are packed with vitamins and pro-biotics – perfect for healthy eating!
- Finally, for optimum mental health, surround yourself with people you love, or who make you laugh, or who just make you feel good about yourself. Being in the company of people who boost your mood does wonders for your emotional and mental health. (Just don’t let them talk too much during the movie!!)