Headed to the movies and looking for some cheap Keto movie snacks? You won’t be able to find any low-carb snacks at the movie concessions so you’re going to have to think ahead and stock up on these great Keto snacks. You can check Whole Foods, Kroger Stores, and other health food stores but usually, your best prices will be on Amazon.
We love movies! In fact, we go to the theater a couple of times a month and rent from Redbox at least a couple time per month. Popcorn was a staple on those nights and we’d keep some candy on hand to add to it. If we didn’t have candy for our at-home movies then we’d pick raisins or marshmallows to throw in the kids’ bowls.
Not Any More … now that my husband and I follow the Keto diet things are a little different. The kids still get their popcorn and candy, but he and I go a different route. Going to the movies on the Keto diet can be hard so we plan ahead and stock some Keto snacks to take with us.
Most individually packaged Keto snacks are expensive, but they don’t all have to be. It’s ok to spend a little bit extra on your movie snacks because odds are good that you don’t go to the movies all the time. These are treats. They don’t have to be just for the movies, either. These Keto snacks are great when you’re on the go for work, road trips, traveling, or just packing in your car (except the ones that will melt or need refrigeration).
As you know … from those days before you were Keto, buying snacks at the concession stand is expensive. Popcorn is easily $8, Candy is $3.50, and Soda is $5. All these treats below are well-below those prices. Think ahead and you’ll be ready for your next movie, whether it’s at home or at the theater.
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Movie Snacks to Make at Home
Making movie snacks at home is a really good idea. A homemade snack is almost always going to be cheaper than an individually packaged store-bought treat. If you keep these things stocked, you’ll always have something to grab for that last-minute movie or date night.
- Hard-boiled Eggs (these might be too smelly for your theater seat neighbors)
- String Cheese
- Veggie Sticks
- Bacon, mmmm
- Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Fat Bombs
Cold Easy to Transport Keto Movie Snacks
You could make your own nice little snack box, kind of like a Lunchable, including all your favorite cold snacks. If you’re heading straight to the movies from home you won’t have to worry at all about these things spoiling. Here are some fun ideas to include:
- Cheese Cubes or Slices
Use one of these easy containers to help keep your snacks separate.
Keto Nuts for Your Movie
The nuts below are all between 3 and 6 grams of net carbs. The chocolate ones are a real treat yet still only 4 grams of net carbs. Having them in already-portioned packages is a great help because people tend to eat way too many nuts at a time. A typical portion is 1/4 cup so pay attention to your portion sizes. Some Keto people don’t eat peanuts, but if you do, these peanut snack packs are under $.20 per pack and only 3 net carbs.
A great option for packable snacks is nut butter. They come in lots of different flavors and are nice and creamy. Just slowly squeeze them right into your mouth for a low carb, delicious, easy to pack treat. Honestly, who wouldn’t want Pecan Pie Flavored Almond Butter? And, only 2 net carbs! The Noosh Almond Butters do have some cane sugar but are only 2 net carbs, also. The RX Nut Butter is the best price with Subscribe & Save on Amazon, but that 1/2 Date adds a little to the carbs — it is 5 net carbs.
Crunchy Keto Movie Snacks
There are a lot of choices when it comes to crunchy Keto snacks that work well for the movies. Here are some ideas to get that crunchy fix.
Crunchy cheese snacks are a bit on the expensive side – I definitely wouldn’t consider them cheap. If you can get them from Costco, that is really the cheapest way to go. Just pull out one portion, put them in a sandwich baggie and take it along. They will get very expensive, though, if you eat too much.
The seaweed is usually a great value wherever you find it. I buy mine at Costco and love it.
If you’re trying to stick to cheap snacks, you will want to grab some pork rinds from your local grocery store or even Dollar Store. They are a great deal! Here are some you can find from Amazon that come in individual packages and even some fun flavors. They’ve become so popular that you can find them almost everywhere and in multiple flavors. Did you know they even come in microwave packages? These are my absolute favorite and probably the cheapest, too. Each pack is less than a dollar and they are so yummy when they come out all warm and toasty.
Low Carb Sweet Movie Theater Snacks
Okay, you just can’t go to the movies without some chocolate or candy. It’s easy to find sweet low carb candy, but many have sweeteners that aren’t exactly Keto approved. Be sure to read those labels to know what you’re getting. I know every person has their own standards for which sweeteners they use. The chocolatey snacks below have a variety of sweeteners.
Chocolate Low Carb Snacks
Sweet Low Carb Candy
Sadly, most of the hard candy or gummies are made with maltitol, sorbitol, or isomalt. Even packages that are labeled “sweetened with Stevia” or “Sweetened with Erythritol” still have Maltitol as the first ingredient. It is so frustrating to see this deceptive labeling. Pay Attention! These sweeteners are reported to have a significant effect on your glucose. Be sure aware of the ingredients of any snacks you buy.
At the time I wrote this, these Ice Chips were sweetened with just Xylitol. Unfortunately, after hours of searching, they were the only hard candy I could find with an appropriate Keto sweetener. I couldn’t find any chewy candy – this just about makes me cry because I used to be an avid Hot Tamales fan!
Low Carb Protein Bars
Taking Protein Bars to the movies is an old standby. Sometimes trying to figure out which protein bar to eat is a little tricky. Here is a list of low carb protein bars that you may enjoy. Be sure to read the list of ingredients to make sure there isn’t anything you’re trying to avoid.
- Quest Bars – 4-6 net carbs, Huge variety of flavors, Oatmeal Cookie, Cookies & Cream, White Chocolate Raspberry, etc.
- Stoka Bar – 4 net carbs, Clean Ingredients, No Added Sugar, Diabetic Friendly,
- KETO Bar – 3 net carbs, Sweetened with Stevia, Salted Caramel, Lemon Poppyseed, Almond & Cacao — pretty expensive
- IQ Bar – 4 net carbs, Chocolate Sea Salt, Cacao Almond Sea Salt, Lemon Blueberry, sweeteners like Erythritol, Monk Fruit, Stevia
- KETO BARS – 3 net carbs, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond, Chocolate Mint, Sweetened with Stevia and Erythritol
Keto Cookies for the Movies
When it comes to a low-carb or Keto cookie, you really should make them at home in order to stick to your tight budget. These cookies are approximately $2 per individually wrapped cookie. If you can’t make your own or it keeps you from over-indulging on chocolate or Ice Chips, then they’re a pretty good idea to pack.
Keto Sugar-Free Drinks
You may be thinking of grabbing a Diet Coke from the concessions, but buying or bringing water is a much better idea. I love adding flavoring to my waters, though, and have found these amazing stevia-sweetened water flavoring. I’ve tried them all and I find the “Water Drops” to be the most flavorful. I add just a touch to my water and it makes it so much better and more enjoyable to drink. You can even add them to sparkling water for a nice fizzy drink.
Just keep a flavor or two in your bag and you can take it into the movie theater with you. Squirt just a bit into your water and you won’t miss that Diet Coke at all.
As you can see, there are a lot of Keto movie snacks that are delicious, easy, and not extremely expensive. One of my best tips for eating Keto snacks has been to remember your portions. It can be easy to grab that bag of cheese crisps and eat it like we used to eat a bag of chips, but you’re talking about a difference between a $2 bag and a $10 bag. Measure out the correct portion, eat slowly, and you’ll be good.
Measuring also helps you stay within your daily carb limit. I use a scale like this when I need to measure my snacks. Since a lot of portion sizes are listed in ounces, I don’t have to make a guess about how many cups an ounce is.