Shaping up means reducing carb intake a bit. Some people can follow a strict Paleo lifestyle and I think the world of them (like wellness coach and frequent guest author, Susie Rahaim) because it takes dedication and willpower. Instead of total Paleo, I live gluten-free (for about three years now) but still indulge in 1-2 servings of whole, unprocessed grains a day. Usually, my carb of choice is popcorn. Obviously not all popcorn is a smart choice. We hear about the evils of movie theater corn (a day’s worth of calories, sodium and fat in a tub), but what about the healthy-sounding, 100 Calorie Light Butter Mini bags of Act II, Orville Redenbacher, and Pop Secret? Stay Away! Like many fast-food packaging, most microwavable popcorn bags are coated with perfluorochemicals, or PFCs, a class of chemicals linked to various cancers and reproductive system damage. The Environmental Protection Agency has identified PFC’s as a “likely carcinogen. Food manufacturers add the obesity-promoting chemicals to bags to make them more greaseproof, even though these chemicals have been linked to all sorts of health issues. Another possible danger is diacetyl, an FDA-approved chemical found in the faux butter flavoring.
So back away from the pre-packaged bags and make your own “virgin” popcorn. It is better for you, easy, less-expensive and tastes amazing.
You will need:
- Popcorn Kernels (Eden Food Organic Popcorn Kernels is a good buy)
- Brown paper lunch bags
- Misto Olive Oil Spritzer
- Measure 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels and pour into your brown lunch bags (It is important that you use two because the corn may pop right through just one bag)
- Fold over twice but leave room in the bag for the corn to pop
- Lie fold-side down in the microwave
- Then pop! I put mine on the Popcorn setting of our microwave (for my microwave it’s 1 minute, 30 seconds. Microwave times will vary)
- Once it’s done, lightly spray (I sometimes douse) with Olive Oil and season with sea salt.
I promise you will never want to eat the fake stuff again! – CC