Is Popcorn Healthy?

1 Nov

Is Popcorn Healthy?

When prepared the right way, popcorn can serve as a healthy snack!  The healthiest way to prepare popcorn is by “air-popping”.

To air pop your popcorn, use an air pop popcorn maker, or simply use the microwave!  To use a microwave to air pop, spray the inside of a brown paper lunch bag generously with unflavored cooking spray, add the serving of plain kernels into the brown bag, fold over the top of the bag twice to seal it closed, and microwave for about 2 minutes, or until the popping slows to a few seconds between pops. (Cook time will vary based on microwave.)

Bagged microwave popcorn may be quick and easy, but it has its drawbacks!  These types of popcorn typically contain added salt and fat, even when choosing light or low-fat varieties.  The delicious flavor of salt and butter can be achieved by adding seasonings and other ingredients to your popcorn.  The MWLC Recipes page has tons of popcorn seasoning recipes!

Always add your flavored mixes while the popcorn is hot, as it will hold the seasonings better. Mix all ingredients together then gently sprinkle the mix a little at a time over the hot popcorn.

Use unflavored cooking spray as needed so the flavoring sticks to the popcorn. You can also use a plastic bowl with a lid and shake the popcorn with the added seasonings so it is evenly distributed.

Try these delicious Popcorn Seasoning Recipes!

S’mores Popcorn

Ingredients:
1 MWLC Marshmallow Brownie Bar
1 packet Stevia Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp. Pumpkin Spice
1-2 oz. Boiling Water
Vinegar Powder, to taste

Preparation:
Air pop popcorn kernels. Stir the pumpkin spice and stevia brown sugar together and gradually mix into the popcorn. Next, take Marshmallow Brownie Bar and chunk one half into very small pieces. Place the chunks of the bar in the air-popped popcorn. Microwave the other half of the bar in a glass dish with 1-2 oz. of water for about 1 minute until it turns into a liquid, stirring along the way. Once the bar is runny, drizzle it over top of the popcorn while it is still hot. Last, sprinkle vinegar powder to taste, and enjoy!

Spice Cake Popcorn

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp. Stevia
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Ginger, ground
1/4 tsp. Allspice
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. Ground Cloves

Preparation:
Mix all ingredients together, then gently sprinkle the mix a little at a time over the hot popcorn.

Smoked BBQ Popcorn

Ingredients:
1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
1/4 tsp. Smoked Paprika

Preparation:
Mix all ingredients together, then gently sprinkle the mix a little at a time over the hot popcorn.

Visit the MWLC Recipes page for more popcorn seasoning and snack recipes!

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Fall Flavors: Pumpkin Spice

19 Oct

It’s that time of year!  Pumpkin Spice is a staple salt-free blend used to season many fall favorites. 

What you need:

  • 4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp ground cloves

Mix the spices together in a small bowl and take a little whiff – smells heavenly, right?  Store the mixture in a small clean jar or spice container and sprinkle it on a hot drink recipe or delicious dessert to add a little fall flavor!

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5 Ways to Spice Up Your Popcorn

19 Jan

It’s ‘National Popcorn Day‘!  Skip the butter and salt….and spice up your popcorn with these Popcorn seasoning recipes

1. Cajun Popcorn Seasoning – Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake mixture well.  Season popcorn serving to taste.

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp. Sweet Paprika
2 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
1 Tbsp. Black Pepper
1 Tbsp. Dried Oregano
1 Tbsp. Onion Powder
1/2 Tbsp. Ground Nutmeg (optional)

2. Garlic Herb Popcorn Seasoning – Add all ingredients to a bowl, mix well.  Store in an airtight container.  Season popcorn serving to taste. 

Ingredients:
2 Tbs. Dried Rosemary
2 Tbs. Dried Thyme
4 tsp. Fennel Seeds
4 tsp. Garlic Powder
2 tsp. Dried Marjoram
2 tsp. Dried Sage

3. Mexican Cocoa Spiced Popcorn – Add all ingredients to a bowl, mix well.  Store in an airtight container.  Season popcorn serving to taste. 

Ingredients:
2 Tbs. Ancho Chile Powder
2 Tbs. Smoked Paprika
1 Tbs. Ground Cumin
2 tsp. Dried Oregano
2 tsp. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 tsp. Freshly Ground Black Pepper

4. Apple Cinnamon Popcorn – Mix ingredients with serving of popcorn and enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 small Apple, chopped in small pieces
2 Tbsp. Ground Cinnamon

5. Pumpkin Pie Popcorn – Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake mixture well.  Season popcorn serving to taste. 

Ingredients:
4 tsp. Cinnamon
2 tsp. Ground Ginger
1 tsp. Freshly Grated Nutmeg
1 tsp. Ground Allspice
1/2 tsp. Ground Cloves

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