If you're like me... you love snacking in front of the TV!!! But this mindless eating can be a huge problem. So, buy an Orville Redenbacker's Air-Popped Popcorn machine, some whole popcorn kernels, and then you can have a HUGE bowl of air-popped popcorn to snack on for about 150 calories! And tons better for you than bag or movie theater popcorn. Popcorn seasonings are great too, just watch the sodium content.
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Popcorn is actually good for you. A cup of plain air popped popcorn has only 30 calories. Popcorn has few health benefits but the key benefits are that it provides fiber, B complex vitamins and calcium. Popcorn is starchybut packed with fiber. Fiber helps slow digestion, making you feel full longer. A good snack for dieters and diabetics. Three cups of popcorn is considered a 1-ounce equivalent from the grains group or 1 starch exchange
spinkle with cinnamon instead of butter
Since I've been eating healthy, I am always still hungry in the evening after dinner. I like to snack on air-popped popcorn. I usually have it sweet with just a touch of honey, maple syrup or molasses.
1 cup of air popped popcorn = 31 calories 1 tsp. honey/molasses/maple syrup = 20 calories
I typically use a 1/2 teaspoon sweet stuff per cup of popcorn, and I can usually afford to eat 2 or 3 cups, and it's a healthy low cal treat. Add some salt and you have Kettle Corn!
If you have to have it buttery, use a lower calorie spread like Best Life or Smart Balance. Be sure to measure your portions, and if you use 1 teaspoon per cup of popcorn (1 Tablespoon per 3 cups) it's still around 50-60 calories per cup of popcorn.
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