5 ways you can make the most of your movie nights this summer

(BPT) – Who doesn’t love a great movie? Going to the movies is the perfect way to relax and unwind from our daily routines. Not only is it a fun pastime, but it is also the ultimate form of wellness and self-care. As we head into the summer season, there are a plethora of movies being released, from big franchises to small indie films. No matter what type of moviegoer you might be, here are some tips to make the most of the experience as you transport yourself into whatever alternate universe the big screen may transport you to.

1. Eat a balanced (and delicious!) snack

Popcorn might be what you typically think of when you head to the movies, but why not switch things up? One serving of almonds contains 6 grams of plant-based protein, 4 grams of fiber, 13 grams of unsaturated fat, 1 gram of saturated fat and 20% of your recommended magnesium needs, allowing you to stay energized and full for the duration of the movie. Plus, they can be prepared in a variety of different ways, so you’ll never be bored of them. Try this easy-to-make and non-messy Tropical Trail Mix recipe that can be thrown in your bag for all your movie ventures.

2. Stay hydrated!

While snacking on savory snacks, it is important to keep drinking plenty of fluids, especially water. This rule plays true especially in the summertime as the heat amps up and dehydration levels rise. As we sweat out the fluids that make up half of our bodies, it is important to replenish them and maintain proper nutrition.

3. Get into character

Have fun with your movie night! Watching a superhero movie? Dress the part in costume and make snacks that your favorite superheroes might eat! Watching a rom com? Wear some cozy pajamas and bring out the facemasks. Whatever movie or genre it is, you’ll feel as if you’re a fundamental part of it when setting the scene. Plus, it will feel like a real break from reality!

4. Put devices away

Try to ensure the movie screen is the ONLY screen you are looking at. It is important that you use this time to unplug and focus on just watching a movie. Don’t answer those texts and don’t scroll on TikTok. By doing small things like putting away other devices, you will be able to be present and unwind.

5. Not in the mood to go out — DIY!

Have an at-home movie night with friends, or even by yourself if you don’t want to trek to the movies. Sometimes being in the comfort of your own home is the best way to relax after a busy week. Curl up on the couch under a blanket with a cup of tea, turn on the TV, grab those nutrient-packed snacks to keep you attentive, and you have the perfect at-home movie night.

With these tips and tricks, you can make the most of your summer movie nights and get the mental reset that you deserve. Movie nights are a form of self-care and a great way to spend time with loved ones, and no matter which movie or movie location, almonds are always a great choice. Follow @californiaalmonds on Instagram for more information on how to incorporate this delicious nut into your wellness routines all throughout the summer and into future movie nights to come.