When you think of popcorn, you may think of the movie-theater variety; soaked in butter and loaded with saturated fat, trans-fat, and calories. Not good for any diet!
Or, tasteless, air popped corn which is no fun at all.
But, you can break free from the gooey movie popcorn and the bland.
You can make popcorn in your own home that tastes just as good – without all the extra fat and calories.
You on a Diet
The recipe is in the new book “YOU: On a Diet” by Michael F. Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D. (A great book, in my opinion, for the recipes alone).
Dr. Roizen and Dr. Oz wrote the book to help us understand why we gain weight, what we can do to avoid it, and offer quick ways to get exercise, and explain the psychology and emotional issues influencing overeating.
Dr. Oz talks about it in this video
I think the part about our genetic ability to store fat is what helped ancient humans survive but nowadays is a problem, is very interesting. I guess its true what they say, too much of a good thing really is a bad thing!
But back to the popcorn! Here’s what you’ll need for the recipe:
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
- Flavored cooking spray (butter, olive oil, garlic)
- Garlic salt or cinnamon
Place the popcorn in a two-and-a-half quart microwave safe bowl, microwave for four to five minutes (don’t burn it!) Pour it on to a baking sheet, coat with spray, and follow with the garlic salt or cinnamon. The nutritional breakdown for this is 61 Calories, fat – .8 g, carbs – 5 g, protein – 1 g, and sodium – 0 g.
Make sure you use about 1-2 seconds of spray at most – with Pam, that’s 14 calories. If you use 1/3 second, I really doubt you’ll cover the popcorn.
I recommend using olive oil spray for the garlic variety, and butter spray if you’re using cinnamon.
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