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 colors and flavorings, unhealthy fats and sodium of the microwave popcorn.
First, start with the basics…
½ cup popcorn kernels
1½ tablespoons of vegetable oil (sunflower, safflower, or canola)
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!
Add a small amount of parmesan cheese, garlic powder, chili powder and cumin, or any other savory spices
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