Friday, July 2, 2010

Agave Microwave Popcorn

I went to see the movie Eclipse with my darling high school friends. These are true friends that I have known for years. Not one acted bugged when I brought my healthy snacks in the theater, which I really appreciate!

Before I left I contemplated movie popcorn no way! I had some the other night and remembered the ugly statistic that most people consuming popcorn during a movie eat as many calories as they would if they ate three quarter pounders right in a row.

Also they eat 3 days worth of saturated fat! That stuff is fattttennning and it only makes you want to eat more and drink pop! Once in a great while won't kill a person but I definitely wasn't going to repeat it in the same week and I am so weak so once I start, I don't stop.

So in a flash, just before running out the door, I made a concoction that turned out really yummy! Agave Popcorn. It tasted like kettle corn...but better. In fact, one of my sweet friends is trying to eat healthy and not knowing what it was when it was passed down the row she tasted it and didn't dare eat anymore because it was too good.

Agave is a nectar that can be used as a sweeter. It is low on the glycemic index so it won't spike insulin like sugar does. Also it has a lot less calories. You can buy it at walmart or any health food store. I know sounds odd but we use it instead of syrup on pancakes now. It is pretty yummy!

Plain popcorn (without the heaps of butter) is a really good snack! Lots of fiber and here is the don't have to pull out the old, dusty air popping machine to have healthy popcorn. You don't even have to buy the expensive "lite" microwave popcorn! You just need a microwave and a brown paper sack...Here is the the recipe below.

Agave Popcorn
1/4 cup corn kernels
1 Tbs agave
dash of salt
Brown paper sack

Put popcorn kernels in paper sack and drizzle agave in bag and dash in salt. Close the bag and shake it to coat popcorn. Put in microwave on popcorn setting (usually around 2 min and 20 sec depending on microwave). Watch closely to make sure it doesn't burn. Remove from microwave and serve :) Healthy and tasty and you don't have to feel like an odd ball when everyone else is munching down! Enjoy!

For 5 cups of popcorn! A heaping serving!
Cal 160
fats .5
Chol 0
sodium 0
carbs 40
sug 15
fiber 7
protein 4
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