Thursday, August 2, 2012

Simply Healthy Snack

Have you ever read the nutrition label on a package of microwave popcorn?  Go do it now if you have some on hand, I'll wait ...

Are you back?  Gross, huh?  I won't tell you the brand that I am looking at, but it has partially hydrogenated oil, artificial flavor and color and propyl gallate (a preservative that according to has been tested on rats and may have caused cancer and has also been know to cause skin and stomach irritation.  It is banned in some countries).  Moving on ...

I found a blog that is a new favorite called Once a Mom Always a Cook.  I love her posts and I follow her on Facebook too!  A few days ago she posted on Facebook how to make your own microwave popcorn in a paper lunch bag.  You know I had to try it!  I love my Whirly-Pop, but it is a pain to get out and then clean for just a snack.

She suggested placing 2T of kernels in a paper lunch bag (fold over the top) and microwaving on high for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.  Then add your favorite seasoning. 

I have a super power microwave and kids that LOVE popcorn, so I have been using 3T of kernels for not quiet 1 1/2 minutes.  It turns out perfectly!  Ingredient list:  popcorn, a dash of sea salt and a kiss of REAL butter (which contains cream only).  Sounds much better, right!?  Guess what!  You can make way more microwave popcorn out of a bag of kernels that costs a few bucks than you can out of a box of the pre-packaged kind that usually costs $5 depending on brand and store.

Enjoy!  And while you are at it, go say "hi" to Audra at Once a Mom Always a Cook ... you won't be disappointed!

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