Do you or your family have a favorite “go to” snack? When you are looking for a “little something” to snack on what do you reach for? Are you a cookies and candy type of person? Or do you like chips and salsa? Perhaps you grab some fresh fruit and/or vegetables. In my family our go-to snack is popcorn.
Popcorn is actually a healthy snack option. Air popped popcorn has approximately 30 calories per cup. It’s the butter and other flavorings that people add which pack on the calories and even fat. Popcorn is even high in fiber.
If you are going to make popcorn I would suggest air popping it. It’s the healthiest way to prepare popcorn. You can pop popcorn in a pot with some oil, but you are adding fat and calories to it from the oil. You can also buy microwave popcorn but there is a lot of talk about how microwave popcorns are not good for you. Plus they are usually heavy in salt and oils.
An air popper is the way to go. It only use hot air to pop the popcorn.
If you find that the microwave is easier try popping popcorn the way my family does it. We do have a hot air popper but we only use it when we’re making popcorn for more than one person. If one of my kids wants popcorn they can make their own microwave popcorn package by taking 1/4th of a cup of popcorn kernels and placing it in a brown paper bag. Fold the end over a few times so it stays closed (you can use a small piece of tape if needed) the put it in the microwave and let it go until you hear that the popcorn is not popping anymore. The result is your own bag full of freshly popped popcorn with no added oils or salt. It takes just as long as popping pre-made microwave popcorn.
Popcorn is great plain, but sometimes you want to jazz things up a bit with some flavor. How about Bacon Cheddar, Buffalo Wing, Caramel or Milk Chocolate Carmel. Yes! These are real popcorn flavorings. They are from a company called Kernel Season’s.
Kernel Season’s makes a wide variety of popcorn flavor toppings – many of which I have never heard of before (Milk Chocolate Caramel!). In addition they also offer;
- Cheesy Jalapeno
- Garlic Parmesan
- Kettle Corn
- Nacho Cheddar
- White Cheddar
- Popcorn Salt
- Sour Cream & Onion
- Chili Lime
With so many flavor choices to choose from you’ll never get bored of eating popcorn.
What I love about Kernel Season’s popcorn flavor toppings is that YOU control how much seasoning you want to add to your popcorn. You can add much or as little as you want. Or you can do what my kids do and mix in different flavors like Garlic Parmesan and Cheesy Jalapeno or Ranch and Butter. The possibilities are endless. You can create your own flavor combination.
Each 1/4th of a teaspoon serving has between 0-5 calories in it (salt as 0, Milk Chocolate Carmel has 5), depending on the flavoring. One forth of a teaspoon might not sound like much but a little bit of seasoning goes a long way. For example, when we make popcorn in a brown paper bag we use about 1/4th to season the bag full of popcorn and it’s seasoned just fine for our taste. At only o-5 calories you can easily add even a full teaspoon if you wanted to and not pack on a lot of calories (you would probably burn off that 20 calories just from walking from the kitchen to your couch. LOL).
Kernel Season’s popcorn flavorings are not only great for popcorn but also for other foods as well. Try a little Ranch on your steamed string beans (so good!), or some Garlic Parmesan on your baked potato. Or maybe a little Bacon Cheddar on your bowl of tomato soup. I’ve even tried Kettle Corn sprinkled on top of a plain rice cake. Talk about a low calorie treat (approx. 35 calories for the rice cake and 5 calories for the Kettle Corn seasoning).
If you need a little inspiration Kernel Season’s has a recipe section on their site. There you can find recipes for a Healthy Spinach Omelet, Homemade Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips, Chicken Casserole, Alfredo & Cheddar Noodles and Au Gratin Potatoes all made with Kernel Season’s popcorn toppings. There are currently 45 recipes on their site.
In addition to the powdered seasonings, Kernel Season’s also offers popcorn kernels for your air popper (or to make in the microwave like we do), butter in a spray can (so you can spritz on just enough butter) and a Movie Theater Butter Topping. The Movie Theater Butter Topping is in a liquid form, similar to the kind you find at the movie theater. One tablespoon is 120 calories.
According to WebMD;
Researchers found movie theater popcorn offerings range from 400 to 1,200 calories, with one to three days’ worth of saturated fat and up to 1,500 milligrams of sodium. Make it a combo and add 300 to 1,110 empty calories worth of candy and another 150 to 500 calories from a sugary soft drink to wash it all down.
Oh my! That is NOT good. Thankfully with Kernel Season’s you can have that same great buttered movie theater popcorn at home without the outrageous amount of fat, calories and sodium that you would in movie theater popcorn.
Popcorn seasoned with Kernel Season’s products make a great addition to any lunch box and also an idea after school snack. Of course popcorn goes great with a good movie too.
Kernel Season’s products are carried by many retail locations across the country. You can also purchase their products online on their official website, www.KernelSeasons.com.
Kernel Seasons would like to offer a lucky reader a special Kernel Season’s prize package. Thank you Kernel Seasons!
This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on October 18, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
To enter please comment on this post and tell me what three Kernel Season’s flavor toppings you would love to try?
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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.