Popcorn

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.

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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:

  1. Heat a pot on high on stove top
  2. Cover the bottom of the pot with 2-3 T coconut or olive oil 
  3. Pour 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels into the pot
  4. Place lid on pot
  5. Swirl kernels around every couple minutes
  6. 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. 
  7. 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.

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“A healthy outside starts on the inside.” – Robert Urich

 

With love,

Hailey

Sources:

“Nutritional Value of Popcorn.” LIVESTRONG.COM. Leaf Group, 28 Jan. 2015. Web. 30 Dec. 2016.

“Popcorn Nutrition Facts: A Healthy, Low-Calorie Snack?” Authority Nutrition. N.p., 17 Aug. 2016. Web. 30 Dec. 2016.


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