Sunday, November 5, 2017

DRESS UP YOUR POPCORN!

Corn is a whole grain and popcorn can be a healthy snack when prepared correctly. Three cups of plain popped popcorn is only about 80 calories. Kernels can also be purchased in yellow, white and Non- GMO. Here are some ways to dress up your popcorn and avoid the artificial colorings and flavorings, unhealthy fats and sodium of the microwave popcorn.


First, start with the basics…
Ingredients:
½ cup popcorn kernels
1½ tablespoons of vegetable oil (sunflower, safflower, or canola)

Directions:
1.       Turn the stove onto medium heat.
2.       Place the oil in a medium sized pan.
3.       Add the kernels to the oil and cover to allow the kernels to pop.
4.       Remove the pan from the heat when the popping noise is 2-3 seconds apart.

Next… Dress it up!

Savory:
Add a small amount of parmesan cheese, garlic powder, chili powder and cumin, or any other savory spices

Sweet:
Add cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, or any other warming spices

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Serves: 4, 

Calories: 110, Total Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4.5g, Sodium: 1mg, Carbohydrates: 13g, Sugar: 0g, Dietary Fiber: 2.5g, Protein: 2g