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Fun, On-the-Go Health Hacks Make every bite count with whole-grain popcorn snacks

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Sweet and Savory Curried Popcorn

Yield: 8 cups
8 cups unsalted, unbuttered
popped popcorn
1/3 cup ghee (clarified butter) or coconut oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons flaked sea salt
Place popcorn in large mixing bowl.
In saucepan over medium heat, melt ghee, brown
sugar, honey, curry powder and cumin; stir until
dissolved. Bring to light boil; remove from heat.
Toss ghee mixture and salt with popcorn;
transfer to serving bowl.

As many people start getting back into normal routines, they’re returning to familiar on-the-go lifestyles by heading back to work, traveling to new destinations and enjoying time with loved ones.

 

While you get out to explore and gather with family and friends again, remember you’ll need fuel for your adventures. According to a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, most Americans fail to get enough whole grains each day, opting instead for mostly refined grains.

Foods like tasty whole-grain popcorn offer an easy health hack so you can make every bite count. Try getting in the habit of popping 9 cups of popcorn in the morning and dividing it into two containers. Season one container with salt and herbs, the other with a pinch of sugar and cinnamon so you can alternate between sweet and salty throughout the day. Bringing delicious options like these while on the go can help satisfy hunger pangs while adding the fiber your body needs.

Because mouthwatering whole-grain popcorn is versatile and 3 cups is equal to one serving of whole grains, it’s a simple yet flavorful option for meeting dietary recommendations. It can be a breeze to add it to snacks like Blueberry and Pomegranate Power Bars, Crunchy Popcorn Trail Mix or Sweet and Savory Curried Popcorn. You can even satisfy kids’ cravings with Grab and Go Pizza Popcorn, a six-ingredient recipe made in a matter of minutes.

 

Visit popcorn.org to find more nutritious snack ideas.

Crunchy Popcorn Trail Mix

Yield: 9 cups
5 cups popped
popcorn
3 cups whole-grain
oat cereal
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup peanuts or
other nuts
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup (1/2 stick)
butter or
margarine
6 tablespoons
brown sugar
2 tablespoons light
corn syrup
In large, microwavable bowl,
stir popcorn, cereal, raisins,
nuts and seeds; set aside.
In small saucepan, heat
butter, brown sugar and
corn syrup until boiling;
cook 3 minutes, stirring
occasionally. Pour over
popcorn mixture, stirring
to coat evenly.
Microwave 3-4 minutes,
stirring and scraping bowl
after each minute.
Spread onto greased cookie
sheet; cool. Break into pieces
and store in airtight container.

 

Blueberry and Pomegranate Power Bars

Yield: 12 bars
Nonstick cooking spray
8 cups popped popcorn
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned
rolled oats
1 cup dried blueberries
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1/2 cup whole natural
almonds, toasted and
coarsely chopped
2/3 cup honey
2/3 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
or margarine
6 ounces bittersweet
chocolate, melted
Line 13-by-9-inch pan with foil;
spray with nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl, combine popcorn,
oats, blueberries, pomegranate seeds
and almonds.
In small saucepan over low heat,
boil honey, brown sugar and butter
2 minutes. Pour over popcorn
mixture and mix thoroughly.
Using damp hands, press mixture
firmly into prepared pan. Refrigerate
until firm, about 2 hours. Cut into
12 bars.
Dip bottoms of bars into melted
chocolate. Place on wax paperlined pan; refrigerate until ready
to serve. Store in tight covered
container in refrigerator.

Grab and Go Pizza Popcorn

Yield: 6 quarts
6 quarts popped
popcorn
olive oil
cooking spray
1 cup grated
Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons garlic salt
2 teaspoons paprika
1 tablespoon
Italian seasoning
Place popcorn in large, sealable
plastic container or 2 1/2-gallon
plastic sealable bag.
Spray popcorn lightly with
olive oil cooking spray.
Sprinkle cheese, garlic salt,
paprika and Italian seasoning
over popcorn and shake to
distribute evenly.
To serve, scoop popcorn into
reusable plastic cups.

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