celebrate Popcorn Day

Posted on January 19, 2012

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In celebration of Popcorn Day, I made popcorn {obviously}.  If you make it yourself, it literally costs 10¢… 10¢!! And that’s for almost 5 cups of popcorn! Here is the breakdown of cost:

  • 1 tsp canola oil: 1¢
  • 3 tbsp un-popped popcorn: 6¢
  • 1 tsp heart healthy butter spread: 3¢
  • Total: 10¢

I can’t believe how cheap it is!

Anywho, not only is popcorn a really  inexpensive snack, it’s a snack that’s actually good for you. Here are some reasons why I love popcorn:

  • Popcorn is 100% whole grain, which is rare for most snacks.
  • It’s universally loved.
  • Endless options to change it up without adding too many calories or cost.
  • It’s easy & fun to make and eat.
  • One serving provides 5g of fiber, which is about 1/5th of the amount you should eat everyday.

You can make it on the stove top like I do or in the microwave with a brown paper lunch bag.  I don’t recommend eating packaged microwave popcorn very often because it usually contains preservatives, artificial flavors, and/or hidden trans fat.  On occasion, it is not a bad option, but you should try making it yourself. Once you do, you probably won’t ever want to buy microwaveable popcorn again.

Stove-top Popcorn

Serves 1 

  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 3 TBSP popcorn kernels
  • 1 tsp heart healthy butter spread
  • ⅛ tsp salt, optional

Heat a medium sized pot or saucepan with a lid over medium-high heat.  Add oil and 3 popcorn kernels. When one kernel pops, add the remaining kernels to the pan and cover.  Shake the pan well to evenly coat kernels with oil.

Turn the heat to medium. The kernels will start to pop. Shake the pan every 30 seconds until all kernels (or most of what you can see) are popped.

Turn off heat, and transfer popcorn to a bowl.  Add butter to saucepan. Once it is melted, pour over popcorn & shake well. Add salt if desired. Enjoy!

Here are some ideas for topping:

  • add 1-2 tsp sugar* & ⅛ tsp salt to butter while it melts, then drizzle over popcorn
  • any herbs and/or spices
  • use a roasted garlic oil or other infused oil to cook the popcorn
  • omit added butter and add ¼ tsp salt-free Creole seasoning & 2 TBSP reduced-fat cheddar
  • omit added butter and add ¼ tsp salt-free Italian seasoning & 2 TBSP Parmesan cheese
  • add 1-2 tsp sugar* & ⅛ tsp cinnamon to butter while it melts, then drizzle over popcorn
  • omit added butter and sprinkle 1 TBSP mini semi-sweet chocolate chips on popcorn
  • omit added butter and sprinkle 1 TBSP dried fruit on popcorn

*Remember: 1 tsp of sugar adds 15 calories and 4 g carbohydrates; you could also use a heat-stable sugar substitute

Now, go make yourself a really inexpensive, delicious snack that you can feel good about eating 🙂

Happy Popping!

Meme

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