AND IT’S GOOD FOR YOU!
It’s a pleasant surprise: home-popped popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks you can enjoy.
It’s full of polyphenols, antioxidants that help to neutralize the free radicals that contribute to aging. In fact, popcorn has one of the highest levels of polyphenols of any plant food.
It’s also a whole grain, packed with fiber. If you use just a little butter or cheese, you’re adding a bit of cholesterol; but it’s just as easy to skip the cheese, use olive oil, and pile on lots of herbs and spices.
Note that prepackaged, store-bought microwave popcorn is less good for you, made with chemicals and synthetics for flavoring and coloring.
So pop it yourself—it’s easy enough! You can also make the following recipe without oil; but the amount we use is neglible. For an interesting twist, experiment with other oils you may have on hand: nut oils, sesame oil, etc.
RECIPE: EASY MICROWAVE POPCORN
Ingredients For 3 Cups
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
Brown paper lunch bag
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1. COMBINE the popcorn and oil in a bowl and mix to coat. Add to bag and sprinkle in the salt. Fold the top of the bag over twice to seal in the ingredients.
2. MICROWAVE on full power for 2-1/2 to 3 minutes, listening until you hear pauses of 2-3 seconds between pops and remove the bag from the microwave. (Even tough there may be some unpopped kernels, to continue cooking risks burning the popped kernels.)
3. OPEN the bag carefully, releasing the hot steam; then pour into a serving bowl.