If I was trapped on a desert island and could only bring 3 foods with me to eat for the rest of my life, popcorn would definitely be one of them. That’s how serious I am about loving this beautiful snack food.
You’re probably wondering why I love popcorn so much, and I would be happy to tell you. First of all, I just think it’s absolutely delicious and filling. Popcorn makes for the perfect afternoon or nighttime snack because it is a whole grain that is high in fiber and contains several vitamins and polyphenol antioxidants – what more could you want?
Here are some facts about popcorn:
- In one serving of popcorn (approximately 3 cups popped) there is 15 grams of fiber, which is very beneficial to your digestive and heart health
- There are 30 calories in 1 cup of air-popped popcorn and 35 calories in 1 cup of oil-popped popcorn making it a low calorie snack
- Popcorn is naturally low in fat
- the polyphenols in popcorn help improve circulation, digestive health, and reduce the risk of several diseases like cancer because of it’s antioxidant properties
How to prepare:
- Heat a pot on high on stove top
- Cover the bottom of the pot with 2-3 T coconut or olive oil
- Pour 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels into the pot
- Place lid on pot
- Swirl kernels around every couple minutes
- After the popcorn starts popping, wait to hear it slow down and then turn off the heat and remove from stove in order to prevent the popcorn from burning. Tip: Swirl the popcorn around, if you hear a lot of kernels on the bottom, it’s not done! If it swirls quietly then most of the kernels have popped.
- Pour popcorn into a bowl. Lightly salt with 1/2 t of salt. Tip: If you like cheesy popcorn, sprinkle some Parmesan cheese or Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast on top. If you like the taste of kettle corn, sprinkle a little coconut sugar on top.
“A healthy outside starts on the inside.” – Robert Urich
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