Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Frugal Snacking

My all-time favorite snack is popcorn: I readily admit that I am addicted. I can eat popcorn everyday, at anytime. When I go to the movies, I always buy a bag of popcorn, and when I have the opportunity to attend a movie with my sister, she wants to buy a bigger bag (that is refillable) and share, but I refuse. I don't like to share popcorn. It is a treat that I give myself.

Popcorn is a healthy snack choice, minus all the toppings, seasonings, and coatings. Recent studies have proven that popcorn snackers get more whole-grain than those who enjoy other snacks. While popcorn is probably the cheapest snack (at home, anyway) that a person can buy, I have discovered the best way to microwave popcorn: it is healthier than any prepackaged microwave popcorn because you do not use any oil and you can determine if you want seasoning. I am on sodium-restricted diet, so I do not add any seasoning.

First, you will need popcorn, lunch-size kraft bags, and a microwave. Seasonings are optional.



Measure the popcorn. I use about 3 oz. of popcorn (remember, I am addicted) which is about 1/3 cup. Pour the popcorn into the bag.



Now, fold the top of the bag about three or four times. You do not need to fasten it in anyway.



Place the bag into the microwave with the fold side down to help secure it. I have a popcorn setting on my microwave, so I just press that and wait. You will need to experiment on the amount of time your microwave takes; mine is about 2 1/2 minutes. Listen as the popcorn pops and when it begins to stop popping, stop the microwave and open the door.



Remember that the contents of the bag is very hot. I always shake the bag a few times so the unpopped kernels fall to the bottom. Open the bag and enjoy your treat. I eat mine right out the bag. Bonus: no dishes or pans to wash.

6 comments:

  1. I love popcorn too. It's the best snack! Thanks for sharing your way of microwaving popcorn. I'm going to try it.

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  2. What a fabulous idea! My family likes microwave popcorn but it is kind of expensive (to me anyway). Absolutely going to give this a try!

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  3. I learned this little trick about a year ago. I feel so much better about the popcorn we eat, knowing there are no unwanted additives.

    That's a very interesting fact about popcorn eaters getting more whole grain. We LOVE popcorn around here. Hubby and I often replace our evening meal with it.

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  4. I love popcorn! I was tagged on my blog. And now you have been tagged. Check out my blog to see what I mean. :)

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  5. I like making popcorn on the stove, but I might just have to try it your way!! The pictures are nice, too! :)

    Take care,
    Colleen (Melonlady from the PH boards)

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  6. I have been wondering about a "clean eating" solution for popcorn==thanks so much for sharing!!

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