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Healthy Homemade Popcorn

It's a 10pm. 
You're lonely. 
You're hungry. 
What do you do? 
Call the nearest Domino's for their new cheesy bread?...they've never let you down.
 No... put down that phone. 

5 out of 7 nights I find myself in this situation.... a bad case of the munchies. How do I satisfy my endless cravings? One word: popcorn. Like Kel loves orange soda, I love popcorn. You get a lot of bang for your buck in the calories department (2 tablespoons = 70 yummy calories) which makes late night noshing more guilt-free.

I've always used bagged popcorn. It's simple and convenient to take anywhere for a quick snack.... but my heart has been slightly bruised upon reading an article from Shape magazine about the new found dangers of microwave bagged popcorn. Here is the heart breaking news: 

"Popcorn is a whole grain that is as delicious as it is fun to eat, but the microwave varieties—even those labelled as "healthy"—are a causing a stir among scientists. Here's why: Microwaving can cause chemicals in the lining of the bag, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), to vaporize and leach into your popcorn According to a recent study from UCLA, PFOA;s are part of a "class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans." What's worse, PFOA’s at a certain level cause cancer in laboratory animals, so there is concern that these chemicals could similarly build up in humans and cause cancer".



Yikes. Rats. Cancer. Not to mention that I don't wanna mess with my infertility (I plan to pop out many babies). Taken this with a grain of salt but, nevertheless, it's good information to be familiar with.

I was bummed for about 5 minutes until I discovered a quick fix. Why not microwave popcorn the old fashioned way. You can measure out the portions depending on how ravenous you are AND you reduce waste by not having to throw away a burnt bag.

I got this popcorn popper for Christmas from SANTA! He always gives the best presents. You can buy these washable and microwavable safe poppers for 10 bucks or less. Target has some nice ones!

I've definitely gotten my moneys worth and saved a ton from not buying boxes of bagged kernels. Plus when it's all popped, it's completely naked so you can season it any darn way you want!

Happy Popping!




2 comments:

travis said...

It's about how you prepare it. Be careful as it may injure your dentures florence sc if it's too hard to chew.

Maia Dobson said...

The first paragraph of this article brought me to wanting popcorn at this exact moment. We love this snack specially when we watch movies at home. We even wanted to buy popcorn machines for sale so we could easily make popcorn anytime.

 

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