Oscar Winning Healthy Movie Snacks

February 19, 2015 by Rachel Jenkins

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, before we had children, my husband and I would go to the movies every weekend. We still enjoy going to the movies (the animated kind) with our two little ones, but it's always a struggle to find a sensible movie snack that everyone will enjoy.

Most theaters enforce the "no outside food" policy, which can make it tricky to snack smart. However, AMC and CINEMARK now offer healthier options like fruit chips, trail mix and popped corn chips. Not organic or natural …but it’s a step up from the fake butter and “fruit” juice staples.

If you prefer movie watching from the comfort of your couch, here are 3 Oscar worthy (and kid approved) movie snacks that are simple to prepare, and won't leave you feeling guilty.

Cauliflower Popcorn

This was a hit! My husband loved it, and I had to refill the kids “popcorn” bowls twice!

Kid Rating: ★★★★
Husband Rating: ★★★★★


  • 1 large head of cauliflower, broken into small florets
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • 1 TBSP grated Parmesan cheese


  • Preheat over to 400F.
  • Place cauliflower in a greased baking pan.
  • Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with garlic salt; toss to coat.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 15-18 minutes or until tender, stirring once.
  • Sprinkle with cheese.

Crispy Parmesan Edamame

Another winner! This would also be an easy snack to sneak into the movies (shhhh!)

Kid Rating: ★★★★★
Husband Rating: ★★★★★


  • 1 12oz. bag frozen shelled edamame (preferably thawed, but if not, increase baking time to 25 minutes)
  • 1 TBSP oil
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Mix the edamame with olive oil in a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Spread into a single layer and sprinkle Parmesan, salt, and pepper.
  • Bake for 15 minutes (or 25 minutes if still partially frozen).

Sour Patch Grapes (or “glitter grapes” as my girls call them)

This is definitely more of a kid treat. I recommend freezing!

Kid Rating: ★★★★★
Husband Rating: ★★


  • 1 pound of green seedless grapes, pulled from the stems and rinsed
  • 1 3-oz. package of sugar free Jell-O (lime or melon flavor)
  • Water


  • Rinse the grapes under water until all are clean and wet.
  • Spread the gelatin mix on a plate, about 1/3 at a time.
  • Place a handful of grapes on the plate and gently roll each grape in the gelatin powder until it is covered.
  • Place the coated grapes into a bowl and repeat the process with the remaining ingredients until all of the grapes are covered. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Now that your snacks are set, they only thing you need to worry about is finding a movie that everyone will enjoy. Que the lights!