Did you know that popcorn is a whole grain? And as we know, whole grains are loaded with nutrients compared to refined grains. So, that means popcorn is healthy! Woo Hoo! But hold on–it is only as healthy as how it is prepared. The majority of microwave popcorn bags are loaded with salt, fat, and sometimes sugar, which certainly does not make it a healthy snack. Solution: make your own popcorn! You can find bags or jars of popcorn kernels near the boxes of microwave popcorn in most stores. You can make your popcorn on the stove like I do, or try it in the microwave if that’s your thing.
On the Stove: Use a pot that has a lid
- Put the pot on medium to medium high heat
- Pour in just enough vegetable or canola oil to very lightly cover the bottom of the pot
- Add in about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of kernels (enough to cover the bottom of the pot in one layer)
- Put the lid on the pot, and stay close by
- When the kernels stop popping, remove from heat
- Season with a pinch or two of salt. Black pepper and parmesan cheese optional (but goood).
In the Microwave: Use a small brown paper bag
- Add 1/4 cup of kernels in the bag (Optional: add 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil)
- Fold the top of the bag two or three times, then tape with clear tape
- Microwave for 2-3 minutes until the popping slows down (5 seconds between pops)
- Season and eat!
Try to go light on the seasoning to make it a healthier snack. Eat as an everyday snack or with a movie without the guilt 🙂
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