Every New Year, we (or a least a LOT of us) make resolutions to get healthy. We renew our gym memberships, stock our pantry with healthy foods, and cut out snacking all together. And we do pretty good! For about two weeks. Then we find ourselves passing by our coworker’s candy dish a bit more often or justifying those TWO brownies for dessert by thinking that tomorrow’s 30 minute workout will totally negate at least one brownie, right? I’m not alone here, am I?
Yes, I have a sweet tooth. And a savory one. I like my snacks! Total denial of that pleasure won’t make my healthy goals any more attainable. One of my snacking saviors is the ole movie theater stand-by: popcorn.
When I crave something crunchy, I find myself turning more and more often to popcorn. In my opinion, it’s a contender for the best snack ever. Crunchy, filling, whole-grain and a breeze to prepare, many a movie night at my house is accompanied by freshly popped Bob’s Red Mill Popcorn. I’m a sucker for the classic butter and salt but when I’m feeling a bit more exotic or just want to impress my guests, tossing together some herbs, spices and Bob’s Red Mill seeds takes my popcorn from standard to fancy with minimal effort. Seeds are nutrition and flavor powerhouses that require zero prep. After I drizzle on melted butter or coconut oil, I toss in my seeds of choice and plop on the couch for some serious entertainment.
For ½ cup (unpopped) popcorn kernels and ¼ cup melted butter, coconut oil or blend of oils, try:
- Brown Sugar Banana Flax: 1 Tbsp Bob’s Red Mill Golden Flaxseed Meal + 2 Tbsp brown sugar + 1 tsp salt + ¼ cup crushed dried banana chips
- Chia Chile Lime: 1 Tbsp Bob’s Red Mill Chia Seeds + 2 tsp hot sauce + 1 tsp salt + zest from one lime (note: personal fave!)
- Herbed Garlic Hemp: 1 Tbsp Bob’s Red Mill Hemp Seed Hearts + 1 Tbsp sweet cream buttermilk powder + ½ tsp garlic salt + ½ tsp minced dried rosemary + ½ tsp dried parsley + ¼ tsp ground black pepper