Keto Cinema Treats
As we all know by now, most foods comes with a ‘low carb’ alternative. I can make just about any recipe Keto these days by tweaking a few key ingredients. Things such as Gooey Brownies, Blueberry Muffins and lemon Drizzle Cake.
One thing however I cannot make low carb is Popcorn. I would quite literally go to the cinema and watch paint dry if it meant getting to chow down on my favourite combo ‘A large popcorn & Diet Coke’ 🍿
Although it’s quite low in calories, there are 3 main reasons for steering clear of popcorn if you’re following Keto:
✔ Popcorn is a grain
✔ There are a large number of carbs in popcorn
✔ Cinema popcorn is loaded with preservatives.
A single cup of popcorn contains as much as 5 grams of carbs and we all know how fast you can shovel in the stuff. Most of us would find it nearly impossible to limit ourselves to just a cup. So, with that in mind, here are a list of ‘Keto Cinema Treats to try!
1. Beef Jerky
Firstly, not only is it tasty AF but also super low in carbs and high in protein. It is a bit on the pricey side depending on where you buy it so stock up if you see Aldi doing a special offer. Be sure to steer clear of the sweetened ones and just stick to the original. Overall, they taste delicious and are great washed down with a big gulp of Diet Coke. Check these ones out on Amazon 😀
2. Homemade Trail Mix
Regular trail mix although marketed as a ‘health food’ is most likely loaded with hidden sugars. Dried fruit and pieces of chocolate are going to bring up the carb count so it’s best to play it safe and make your own. I like to add pecans, almonds, flaked almonds, salted pistachios and peanuts to a bag. I then take about 20g of 85% dark chocolate and chop it up into tiny little pieces (to replicate chocolate buttons) and throw them in. Just be sure to not go overboard with the mix as unfortunately calories are still calories on keto 😟.
3. Keto Cheese Crackers
I adore these, they remind me so much of crisps. They take 20 minutes to make and you can flavour them with herbs, spices or however you like.
- ✔2 Cups Cheese of your choice
- ✔1 cup Almond Flour
- ✔2 oz Cream Cheese
- ✔1 egg
- ✔1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Firstly, place all ingredients except the egg into microwave and melt.
- Allow to cool and add the egg, salt and your flavourings of choice.
- Place in between two sheets of grease-proof paper and roll out as flat as possible.
- Then, bake at 230C or 400F for five minutes on each side.
You can pop these in an air tight bag and take them to the cinema. I like to flavour mine with salt and a bit of vinegar. They are a great texture and taste great with….you guessed it, a Diet Coke!
4. Dark Chocolate
Convenient and not too expensive makes this a great cinema treat. It has the exact carb, fibre and calorie breakdown meaning you can weigh how much you want to eat at home and take it with you. I like to refrigerate mine and chop it up into small morsels so as to savour it for longer!
5. Homemade Keto Cheese Pops
Now, I have seen this idea knocking around for a while but I have yet to try it as it takes 48 hours to make the little buggers. The idea is you cut cheese into tiny bite sized morsels and keep them covered on a tray with a napkin for 48hrs. Then bake them for three minutes in a 200C or 392F oven and apparently they explode into popcornesque nuggets! Be sure to let me know if any of you have tried them.
6. Homemade Sweet and Spicy Pecans
I love Christmas markets for the spiced winter nuts….maybe washed down with some hot mulled wine, but my point is I love pecans. Weigh out 100g and gently toast them on the pan. Next, throw in a little butter, a tbsp of sugar-free maple syrup, a pinch of cinnamon and chilli powder and toss them around. They are delicious and the perfect sweet and salty nibble.
7. Salt and Vinegar Peanuts
These peanuts are life. They taste exactly like any salt and vinegar chip/crisps and aren’t loaded with carbs either. If I know I am going to the cinema later I usually have a lighter dinner so as that I can save the additional carbs for these peanuts. My favourites ones are from Tesco (don’t think it’s in America) but KP also does their own version.
Thanks for reading and I hope you got some good ideas for Keto Cinema Treats!