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LUCKINLOVE Posts: 216
3/20/13 2:23 P

I want to marry my air popper!!!!!!! Hehehe!! Air-popped popcorn is such a healthy, filling food.

People say "it's too plain compared to the stuff at the movies or the microwavable bags", but there are ways to jazz it up that will still make it a healthy food. And, in case anyone doesn't know this, our taste buds adjust to the foods we eat. If you eat plain, air-popped popcorn for awhile, you'll soon find you enjoy the taste (well, you'll likely enjoy the taste) and the movies popcorn is way too salty/gross.

Best way to have air-popped popcorn? Drizzled with melted peanut butter. YUM! Really. Try it and then tell me it's not good!! It's SO good!!

Edited by: LUCKINLOVE at: 3/20/2013 (14:24)
DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,658
3/20/13 2:18 P

Air-popped popcorn is a great snack as the others have said.
3 cups = 1 grain serving
It is a whole grain, high fiber :)

All carbohydrates are broken down by the body into sugar. This sugar enters your blood and is called blood glucose. The body then uses the glucose for immediate energy, or it is stored as glycogen for energy latter. This is the normal process. Nothing harmful---especially when following a healthy, calorie controlled diet and using healthy carb foods.

SP Dietitian Becky

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 1,925
3/20/13 2:00 P

Air popped popcorn is a healthy snack. You don't need to worry about what time of day you eat your food and there is no cutoff time in the evenings for eating food or for eating carbs. So long as it doesn't give you acid reflux or something if you eat too close to going to bed, there's no reason not to eat as late as you want to. You also don't have to worry that carbs will get stored as fat if you are not active after eating them. What gets stored as fat is extra calories and this is true whether they come from protein, fat or carbs.

Carbs are a good source of energy for your body, not something harmful. There are a lot of myths about carbs out there right now and most of what you hear about them being bad for you just isn't true. Sadly, these myths and misconceptions about carbs cause a lot of people to complicate their lives unnecessarily, spend more money than they need to spend on their food and to avoid foods that they enjoy and which are nutritious.




DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,056)
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3/20/13 1:19 P

Carbs are not the devil. :) You don't have to avoid them for the plague, and starches are NOT turned to fat because you're not active after eating them. Our bodies don't work that way.

Here's a great article that explains the truth about carbs:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=590


COUNTESSCHAN Posts: 95
3/20/13 1:02 P

Sounds like a great snack to me. Food doesn't immediately get turned into fat just because you go to bed soon after eating it. Even when you're not active, you are burning calories to keep your heart beating and your brain thinking and all the other things your body does. As long as you have a calorie deficit, you will still lose fat no matter what time or what food your last snack was.

CHESAPEAKE60 SparkPoints: (3,734)
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3/20/13 12:53 P

I have had air popped popcorn spritzed with EVOO and VERY lightly sprinkled with sea salt at least 3/4's of the nights of my new life style journey. As you can see from my ticker it seems to be working for me....... Enjoy!

HOWIEANN Posts: 6,413
3/20/13 12:14 P

I'm no expert, but I know that the diabetic meal plan here sometimes suggests air popped popcorn as an evening snack.

SHERYLDS Posts: 12,119
3/20/13 12:12 P

I've cut back severely on my starches....
I limit myself to beans, oatmeal, and brown rice (or parboiled rice) in limited quantities.
But for snacking I've developed a fondness for hot air popcorn
plain ... no salt....using a hot air popper.

I make 3 tbsp at a time.

is having this as an evening snack not recommended because it's carbs?
does it get converted to fat because it's a starch and I'm not going to be active afterwards?

Edited by: SHERYLDS at: 3/20/2013 (12:17)
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