When prepared without the excess salt and butter, popcorn can actually be a smart snack.
The popular snack contains whole grains, fiber and antioxidant substances known as polyphenols, the same micronutrient that is found in fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants have shown potential heart-health benefits, making popcorn a great choice for a late night snack! Rather than saturating it in butter, try preparing your popcorn with a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil instead to reduce the amount of saturated fat while increasing the amount of monounsaturated fats.
In addition to being a heart-friendly snack, the carbohydrates in popcorn, help produce a sleep-inducing chemical known as serotonin. Next time you’re reaching for a late-night snack, skip the microwavable bag and make your own!
Homemade Kettle Corn Popcorn
2/3 cup popcorn kernels
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 TBS stevia
salt to taste
In a large pot (with a cover), heat olive oil on medium-high.
Add stevia, 4 popcorn kernels and cover pot.
Once all 4 kernels have popped, add the remainder of the popcorn and cover
Let the kernels pop, occasionally shaking the pot until the popping reduces
Once the popping has completely slowed, take the lid off and remove from heat.
Add popcorn to a large bowl and sprinkle with salt and extra stevia to taste.