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Have a Poppin' Fourth of July!

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Got the munchies? Try snacking on something healthy, delicious and naturally gluten-free--popcorn! But ditch the microwave and movie theatre popcorn--it's filled with a bunch of additives and stuff you can't even pronounce on the label.

Check out what Joy Bauer has to say in her segment of "What The Heck Are You Eating?!"

Popcorn is my favorite snack! 100% whole grain, 100% gluten-free and 100% delcious, it is full of fiber, and healthy if made the right way. Popcorn never fails in satisfying my crunchy-salty craving. Sometimes I like to use the plain brown bag method that Joy mentions, but most of the time I like to use a stainless steel stove-top popcorn popper.

Popcorn popped without oil is a "diet-friendly" snack as it weighs in at just 30 calories a cup, but adding some oil is okay and only ups the calorie count to about 50 calories a cup. The polyphenols found in popcorn have been linked to a decrease in heart disease and certain cancers!

Sure, any type of popcorn kernel will work when making your own homemade popcorn, but my favorite is made by Black Jewell--you have to try it!

The Sugiyumyums Original Poppin' Maize Recipe

Take a stove-top popcorn popper/deep pan (with lid).
Add in 2 tablespoons of vegetable or canola oil and apply high heat.
Place three kernels in the oil and wait until one pops.
Then add a half a cup of kernels.
Listen for the popping to slow/cease.
Remove from heat and pour into a bowl.
Enjoy!

Looking to add some personality to your poppin' snack? The best thing about homemade popcorn is you control what gets put on and how much. Try spritzing some olive oil on and sprinkle with pepper and parmesean. Or sprinkle with some chili powder and a dash of sea salt. Or make it a sweet-and-salty snack by sprinkling with salt and adding some M&Ms or even chocolate chips! Be creative!

Popcorn is the perfect side dish or snack to wind down with after a long day of 4th of July festivities.

Yours in a poppin' 4th,

Jane
 

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