smart poppin’

Blanc Popcorn

I am a goner when it comes to snacking. I can eat salads all day, every day, but when it comes to a salty mid-day treat or dessert, I can’t help but to have “just one.” The more chocolate the better, and if you cover it in peanut butter, I’m done for. So this year, as many years before, I have vowed to snack smarter. Carrot sticks, celery, raisins – they’re all in the mix. Doesn’t that sound exciting?

Well, with a little research, I’ve found a loop hole in smart snacking. It comes from the delicious movie snack that we all grew up with. Sans butter and 500 mg of salt, popcorn is truly a smart snack. It’s a whole, unprocessed grain and is full of fiber. It’s antioxidants can even help fight cancer and diabetes. Take an afternoon and try one of the recipes below as a three o’clock snack. You won’t be sorry!

Blanc Lemon Thyme

Lemon Thyme Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Use an air popcorn popper and pop your kernels into a medium sized bowl
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in the microwave.
  3. Zest 1 teaspoon of lemon and chop up a teaspoon of fresh thyme. Add to the melted butter.
  4. Juice half of the lemon into the butter.
  5. Whisk the butter mixture together and drizzle over the popcorn.
  6. Sprinkle the popcorn with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then toss.

Blanc Cocoa Popcorn

Healthy Cocoa Popcorn

2-cup portion is approximately 85 calories

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (may reduce or omit)
  • 1 tablespoon hot cocoa mix

Directions

  1. Put coconut oil and salt in bowl. Microwave just until oil is melted, 20-30 seconds.
  2. Pour popcorn kernels out of the bag and into bowl; stir to coat each kernel with oil mixture. Even out kernels in bottom of bowl.
  3. Put vented cover on top and microwave on high for approx. 3-5 minutes, when there are 1-2 second between pops. Microwave times will vary.
  4. While still hot, sprinkle with cocoa mix; toss until evenly coated.

Blanc Garlic Parm

Garlic Parmesan Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup popcorn
  • 1-2 teaspoon oil (olive, canola, coconut)
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 – 1  cup Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • cracked pepper
  • a pinch of salt

Directions

  1. In a heavy bottom pot, heat the oil on medium-high heat. Test heat by tossing in a couple kernels.
  2. When they pop, add popcorn, cover, leaving a crack for steam to escape. Turn heat down to medium.
  3. Shaking occasionally, pop until kernels are done popping. Turn stove off.
  4. Sprinkle with cheese, granulated garlic, salt, pepper and mix with a big spoon.
  5. Cover and let stand 10 minutes so cheese melts.

 

Bon appetit!

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