Just like about a billion other people, I’m trying to lose some weight and live a more healthy lifestyle. If you’ve ever tried to diet, then I don’t have to tell you how hard it is. One thing I’ve learned on my journey to a healthier me is that it’s better to give yourself whatever your craving in moderation than to just deny yourself. Unless you’ve got a will of iron, that isn’t going to work. One of my worst food habits is snacking. While snacking in itself isn’t bad. It’s what you’re snacking on that counts. My weakness is chips and other salty foods that are loaded with saturated fat. So, to give me a salty snack without breaking my diet, I started popping popcorn.
Now, I’m not talking about the bagged kind that’s loaded down with butter, and I’m certainly not talking about breaking out the popping machine. Nobody has time for all that. What I’m talking about is air popping kernels in the microwave. And the best part is that it’s super easy. Add in that it tastes scrumptious and that there’s virtually no fat in the finished product, and you have what I call a win-win.
Here’s how it works. You just drop 1-3 tablespoons of kernels in a brown paper bag. You know what kind of bag I’m talking about. Every kid in America has eaten at least a lunch out of one. Three tablespoons will fill the bag almost to the top, which makes quite a bit of popcorn.
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Fold over the top of the bag several times and then pop it in the nuker (as my dad would so lovingly call the microwave.) You can hit the popcorn button or just set it for a couple of minutes. I’ll note here that it won’t take as long as a regular sized bag of microwave popcorn because it’s a smaller amount.
Also, be sure to stop it as soon as the popping slows or it will burn. I think it burns easier than the butter-filled kind because it isn’t coated in grease, but that’s not a scientific observation or anything. I just know that if you let it go too long, you might as well throw it in the trash, preferably without opening it or your whole house will smell like burnt popcorn for days.
Once your popcorn is finished, you can opt to cut off the upper portion of your bag or leave it depending on your preference. Next, spray with a light coating of cooking spray. You can use butter flavored cooking spray or really any kind will work. The cooking spray has no calories, which is why I use it. As soon as you’ve sprayed the popcorn, sprinkle on your favorite popcorn flavoring. The cooking spray allows the seasoning to stick to the popcorn.
I will usually shake the bag to move the popcorn around and hit it a couple of times with the cooking spray and seasoning to fully coat all the pieces. And viola, you have Better-Than-The-Bagged-Microwave-Popcorn because you can choose to season your kernels with whatever flavor tickles your fancy. My personal favs are white cheddar and ranch.
Best of all, according to the nutritional facts on my bag of kernels, per 3 tablespoons of kernels, there’s only 1.5g of total fat and no saturated or trans fats. Plus, there are 5 grams of fiber per serving. There’s no fat in the cooking spray or seasoning so this is well and truly a low-fat snack. Not to mention tasty.
Let me know if you enjoy any other low-fat snacks that are easy to make. There’s only so many times you can eat an apple or celery stalk for a snack. Am I right or am I right? I hope you enjoy the popcorn!