Ah yes, the late night craving
We all have those nights where your hunger takes over and overrides the “I just ate” feeling and nags, and nags, and nags until you have something salty, sweet, or spicy in your face.
Well I am here to tell you about my favorite (almost) guilt-free snack that I rely on quite often. It’s easy, it’s healthy, it’s popcorn!
Popcorn is a whole grain with 1 gram of fiber per cup. Air-popped popcorn also contains a small amount of some B vitamins, which help with energy production. Popcorn provides a number of minerals, including magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc and manganese.
One cup of air-popped popcorn has just 31 calories and 0 grams of fat. Oil-popped popcorn has more fat and calories per cup, at 3 grams and 55 calories. Traditional butter-flavored microwave popcorn contains about 42 calories and 2 grams of fat per cup. If you are watching your calorie intake, air-popped popcorn is the best option as you get the nutrients and fiber in popcorn, with added fat and salt.
Lets get Started
First off, let me just say, I never, ever buy the microwave, prepackaged popcorn. Check out the Food Babe on why microwave popcorn is an absolute health nightmare (and check out the rest of the site – it’s pretty incredible and worth a bookmark (I’ll be adding the site to the “BAMs favorite sites”)). Instead, start with a cup of air-popped popcorn and season to taste.
Second, you don’t need a popcorn machine to get the job done. In fact, it’s much easier to use a pot with a lid instead of having to clean a complicated machine all you do is rinse the pot and you’re done n ready for snackin’.
Seasoning Ideas (mix and match these as you see fit):
- sea salt
- butter or olive oil
- melted butter with marshmallows (melt together then add to popped popcorn)
- chilly powder
- herbs (think rosemary, thyme, and other favorites)
- parmesan cheese (especially yum with olive oil)
- brown sugar and cinnamon
- dark chocolate chips (toss in after it’s popped but still hot)
- caramel chips (OMG I am salivating already)
- a spritz of lime juice
How to prep your popcorn snack:
- on medium high heat a large pot with butter/oil (if you’re using any)
- add 1 cup of unpopped popcorn (serves about 6)
- cover with a lid
- wait until there is 2-3 seconds between pops and remove
- add your desired ingredients
Make it your own
There are countless of ways to make popcorn more fun and interesting without all the chemicals. So, have you tried it yet? C’mon stop holding out on me… post in the comments your success story, your thoughts on taste, and your own popcorn flavor inventions!
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