There is nothing quite like the smell of a big bowl of popcorn.
Its one of my go to snacks- whole grain and low fat naturally (assuming its not doused in butter). It keeps me full and I can eat a big bowl without totally busting my calorie allowance. I like to keep snacks under 200 calories, and that allows 3 cups of my popcorn! I know I’m not alone when I say that sometimes I just want quantity when munching during a movie or relaxing. Disclaimer: you shouldn’t eat in front of the tv, it is a super easy way to over eat.
Prepackaged microwave popcorn, however, is a totally different beast.
This has gotten quite a bit of buzz recently. Here’s the quick version of why the prepackaged microwave popcorn is bad news:
- Preservatives used in the flavorings may cause stomach and breathing issues, and are being phased out in other countries
- The chemical that lines the bags in most varieties has been linked to cancer and infertility in animal studies
- Take a look at the ingredients- how many do you recognize as something in a household kitchen? If you can’t pronounce it, a general rule of thumb is that it’s very processed and you shouldn’t put it in your body.
My favorite alternative- corn kernels and olive oil!
This bowl may not be the most attractive item in my kitchen, but it is one of my very favorite gadgets. I got it for about $10 on amazon, and I use it constantly. This is my popcorn bowl- it’s literally a bowl designed for air popping popcorn. It couldn’t be easier to use!
My after-school snack popcorn recipe: (afterschool snacks are a habit that started in my childhood & carried into my career)
- put dollop of olive oil in the bowl (about 1/2 tbsp.)
- add about 2 tbsp. corn kernels
- microwave for 2 minutes and 40 seconds
- salt and pepper to taste and shake around to distribute
I love this bowl because it doesn’t require little popping inserts like some on the market. I’ve read that you can also do this using a brown paper bag, but I like my dandy bowl because it’s reusable and prettier to eat out of. Yes, I like to feel like my food is pretty. It’s even vented at the top so you don’t scald yourself after popping! It really takes 3 seconds more work than using prepackaged popcorn.
I’m also known to shake a bunch of hot sauce on my popcorn from time to time, to my fiancée’s disgust. A little spice can actually up the health benefits of your food (post about that here)…if you’re into that sort of thing.
If your sorrow is overwhelming from the absence of the prepackaged
fake buttery goodness, go ahead and put a little REAL melted butter on top. It’s not the healthiest thing you’ll ever do, but it’s certainly better than putting the chemicals from packaged popcorn into your body.