It's no secret that Disneyland is famous for their treats. Disneyland has them everywhere. Churros, Candy Apples, Ice Cream, baked goods, and more. What is frustrating the nutritional data is hard to find. I called Disneyland to ask for the information on the popcorn and even they do not know. So frustrating.
I try to stick to my diet. From personal experience I know how hard it can be to visit Disney and not be able to eat like everyone else, especially because it is so hard to get the nutritional facts sometimes even when you ask. I have listed my top five snacks you can indulge in without derailing your diet. There is a little something for everyone. Salty, sweet, tangy, savory, and spicy. Even gluten-free. Disneyland has snacks for every dietary need.
Disneyland has the most delicious popcorn. I looked high and low for nutritional data. If you ask at the popcorn cart, they will have the nutritional data but it’s for the un-popped popcorn. Typically popcorn when air popped can be a nutritious snack but it can also be bland. Occasionally indulging in popcorn that has oil/butter or salt on it is not terrible.
Popcorn is filling, inexpensive, and a great source of fiber. CalorieKing puts one cup popcorn with oil at 55 calories. Not too bad. I recall seeing the nutrition data not too long ago for Disneyland and it had a lower fat count. I will update as soon as I can find a more accurate measure. If you ask at the popcorn cart, they present you with a binder. Which has nutrition data for a tablespoon of the oil that is butter flavored then the popcorn. The thing is, you do not know how much oil makes it onto the popcorn. Figuring it out is a little confusing.
The popcorn is not high in calories. Popcorn has fiber. You are at Disneyland and the popcorn is gluten-free. As long as you are not on a low-sodium diet, just enjoy it.
I am such a fan of these sweet treats. All flavors are 90 calories. Dole Whips are fat, dairy, and gluten-free! Roughly estimated, a Dole Whip has 21 carbs. I would not deem this low carb per se, but a low carb diet is about the amount of carbs you take in all day. Dole Whips contain 19-21 grams of sugar depending on the flavor.
Consider this though- a scoop of vanilla ice cream has 16 carbs. But, it’s 260 calories, 10 grams of saturated fat, and has a whopping 65 grams of cholesterol. I will take the Dole Whip over the scoop of ice cream any day.
Classic Caramel Apple
A classic caramel apple. Basically, it’s a green apple which is healthy, covered in caramel which is low fat. According to MyFitnessPal.com, it’s 275 calories, which I would consider a little on the high side. However, it has 3 grams of fat. If you are going low carb, beware; it’s 82 carbs and 76 grams of sugar. However, if it’s your cheat day, eat it. I have the slowest metabolism on the planet! Disneylands classic caramel apples have never wrecked my progress. If you split it, you can eat it and feel good about it. I have seen people ask and Disney has cut it in half before.
Chieftain Chicken Skewer
For my low carb or keto friends, I feel your pain. Carbs make me gain weight. I am low carb most of the time and it sucks. However, I got you. Bengal Barbeque in Adventureland has the best low carb skewers. The Chieftain Chicken Skewer is my favorite. At 120 calories with 2 carbs, I feel guiltless about this snack. With 1 gram of fat and 10 grams of protein, this meets all my dietary needs.
For those who are starving and want something, eating a pickle is the way to go. There is a regular dill or spicy pickle. Again, it is so hard to find the nutritional data for anything at Disneyland. But MyFitnessPal has a giant pickle at 22 calories, with no fat, carbs, or protein. The pickles are salty though. However, if you are counting calories, you cannot go wrong with a pickle.
Disneyland had many snacks that will help you stay on track. But these five are my personal favorites. Disneyland sells fresh fruit and veggies throughout both parks, which is great, but sometimes you want a sweet or salty treat, and these are great choices. What is your favorite healthy Disney snack?