Popcorn is one of the most popular snacks that can be enjoyed as a sweet or savory treat. Since popcorn is such a simple delicacy to many, it was awarded a day of celebration. No one can actually confirm how popcorn came to have its own day of appreciation. In 2003, a newspaper declared January 19 the day to honor popcorn. Since then, it’s celebrated every year!
Popcorn is a unique food because it can be eaten very simply with a bit of salt or all dolled up with additional spices and toppings.
Did you know that this favored snack has many health benefits? Unfortunately, covering it in chocolate or butter does not qualify it as a healthy snack – but, there are various ways to modify it and enjoy it in a healthy way.
- High in Fiber: Popcorn consists of whole grains. Whole grains are extremely important for a healthy diet. 100 calories (three cups worth) of air-popped popcorn has four grams of fiber in it. Fiber is known to relieve constipation and help with digestion, but it also helps to maintain a healthy body weight and aids in blood glucose regulation.
- Low Glycemic Index: Certain foods can cause blood sugar to escalate. Foods that are high on the glycemic index can cause blood sugar to rise in those with diabetes. Higher GI foods can also make it challenging to maintain a healthy weight. Popcorn is a low-GI food. It is a healthier snack choice in comparison to snacks high in sugar and carbs.
- Weight Management: Trying to lose weight and still enjoy tasty snacks that keep you full? Popcorn is low in calories and high in protein and fiber, which allows you to feel fuller for a longer period of time. Snacks high in sugar and carbs don’t keep you full for quite as long. If you struggle with “mindless/boredom” eating, popcorn is a great snack choice because you can have three cups of it per serving!
Popcorn is not only extremely tasty, it is also a beneficial snack choice. Below are some helpful tips on how to make modifications to your popcorn recipes.
Modified Popcorn Recipes and Tips
- Try using coconut oil or olive oil instead of butter
- Spice it up with some salt, paprika, or chili powder
- To sweeten it up without over doing your sugar intake, add brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and some butter