It’s Tips for Tuesday!
This week’s tip: Use extra virgin olive oil on your popcorn, instead of butter
Air popped popcorn is a great snack, and enables you to control salt and fat. Popcorn itself is a relatively low-calorie food, with notable fiber (31 calories, 6 g carbohydrates, and 1 g dietary fiber per popped cup). If you are careful with toppings, you have a snack that can feel like a real indulgence, with reasonable calories, salt, and fat. Let’s face it, sometimes you need to be able to stick your face in something, and popcorn is that snack.
Butter is the most popular fat to put on popcorn. But, let me tell you it is not necessary. Extra virgin olive oil is absolutely delicious and you will not miss the butter. If you are watching your calories, measure it out. One tbsp of olive oil will add 14 g of fat, so use it sparingly. For 8 cups of popped popcorn, I use a half a tbsp. If you mix it well, your toppings will stick enough. The point is to have a flavorful snack that you don’t have to feel guilty about. It is also a great way to add that extra fiber to your diet. Those 8 cups of popped popcorn yield 8 grams of fiber!