Popcorn

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been guilty of eating the same thing day after day after day. I know, I’ve done it too. It’s just so darn easy to fall back onto the trusty snack of carrots and hummus or apples and almond butter! While there’s nothing wrong with eating the same snack, especially if it keeps you from thinking of other foods that would be less than healthy choices  it can be a load of fun to shake things up from your usual routine. Not only does a new take on your afternoon treat break up the monotony of the day, but it can also be a great way to find new and interesting food combinations. Everyone knows that apples and peanut butter go together like… well, apples and peanut butter. But what about apples and coconut?

This week, challenge yourself to branch out of your comfort zone and into a snack-lovers’ paradise by trying these creative snack combos. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Take the classic apples and peanut butter combo to the next level. By mixing apple slices with almonds and cashews, you still get that nutty flavor with an extra crunchy texture. Tart cranberries are a delightful contrast to the sweet apples, and the shredded coconut? That’s the real game-changer. It adds a lighter nut flavor to the mixture, making this a unique munchie that will jazz up your afternoon.

Popcorn

Popcorn is one of those snacks that some people just can’t go a day without having. It’s easy to munch on, it can be salty or sweet, it’s light, and this whole grain can actually be extremely healthy! But there’s a catch: not all popcorn is healthy … and some of it is downright scary. It’s best to air-pop your own so you know exactly what’s in it, and don’t have to wonder about mystery ingredients lurking in the “butter.” Homemade popcorn is quick and easy to make, and is totally customizable.

Microwave Popcorn with NO BAG AND NO ARTIFICIAL ANYTHING!

 

Now let’s think about the implications of this for a minute!

LESS CALORIES.  No need to cook in oil on the stove.

LESS MONEY.  No need to buy the expensive microwave popcorn from the store, and even if you’re making your own in a brown paper lunch sack, you’re still having to buy the bags. No need to buy an extra appliance (ie. an air popper).

LESS WASTE.  No bag to throw away. NO KERNELS left unpopped to throw away.

I’d say that’s a WIN-WIN-WIN! 🙂

Oh….and by the way….it tasted every bit as good as any brand name microwave popcorn or stove top cooked popcorn I’ve ever had. It tasted just like popcorn should taste. Fresh, crunchy, tasty.  Quite possibly the PERFECT snack!

INGREDIENTS
  • Popcorn
  • 1 Tbls. Olive Oil
  • Salt ( addititional spices are great..basil, oregano, dill, garlic powder, red chili powder…)
 INSTRUCTIONS
  1. put ¼ cup popcorn in microwave-safe bowl, cover with microwave-safe plate, cook in microwave oven for 2 minutes, 45 seconds.
  2. Any unpopped kernels can go back in for another batch.