Happy National Popcorn Day! I mostly love popcorn as a snack + with wine. As a little kid with my best friend, our tradition was to have a big bowl of popcorn studded with peanut M&M’s during movies.
Nowadays there are all sorts of varieties:
Savory – light, homestyle, butter, movie butter, cheddar
Sweet – kettle, caramel
Cracker Jack’s – with peanuts and molasses by Louise Ruckheim
A few of my favorites are –
Pop Secret Butter 94% Fat Free
Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop
Smartfood White Cheddar
Nutritionally – reading from Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop
Certified Gluten Free (GF)
No High-Fructose Corn Syrup
- Good source of fiber
- Polyphenols which are antioxidants → prevents cell damage, better blood circulation, digestive health
- Keeps you full longer1
According to Food & Nutrition magazine, popcorn is 100% whole grain, low in calories, and has dietary fiber. This being plain popcorn without any added sugars or butter and doesn’t include theater popcorn. One serving of plain or light popcorn is 3 cups popped. On their website there’s a great “Nutrition Analysis of Popcorn” and “Think Outside the Bag”
A few add ons for popcorn – chili powder + lime juice, mix with roasted chickpeas or nuts, and Cajun seasoning.2
When choosing popcorn, keep in mind the salt, butter, and saturated fat it contains. Try the light 94% fat free version – yum!
Remember Popcorn + Wine are the best!
- Popcorn as a snack: Healthy hit or dietary horror show? (2019, June 18). Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://www.heart.org/en/news/2019/06/18/popcorn-as-a-snack-healthy-hit-or-dietary-horror-show
- Zelman, K. (2017, July 28). The Power of Popcorn. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://foodandnutrition.org/july-august-2015/the-power-of-popcorn/