We all know that you should never eat a big meal right before bedtime. Feeling too stuffed will make it difficult to fall asleep, and most likely keep us up at night. But a little healthy bedtime snack won’t hurt! Popcorn can be considered the king of all snack foods, it’s healthy and delicious! One cup of air popped popcorn is only 30 calories, what other snack can beat that?

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But seriously, popcorn has some amazing benefits and can also help you sleep better.

Here are 6 reasons to choose popcorn over potato chips and chocolate:

  1. Good source of fiber and has high levels of antioxidants.
  2. Popcorn is a whole grain and minimally processed.
  3. It’s healthy! Sugar free, fat free and low in calories. (30 calories for 1 cup of air popped popcorn)
  4. Helps when you’re hangry – “popped corn” is mostly air, this means it will keep your hunger cravings away without ruining your diet.
  5. The carbs in popcorn help bring tryptophan to your brain, an amino acid which helps your body produce serotonin.
  6. You’ll probably never get bored of this snack, you can sprinkle any topping you want! Parmesan cheese, pepper, salt, cinnamon… the options are endless!

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So skip the microwaveable popcorn with extra movie theater butter and opt for popcorn kernels that you can pop at home! Check out some of our favorite popcorn recipes that are simple to make and delicious to eat:

We know, these recipe names has us drooling too.
The recipes below are for 1 serving size:

Cajun Spiced Popcorn:

1 cup popped popcorn (1 tablespoon unpopped kernel)
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

In a large bowl, combine your popped popcorn and dry ingredients. Toss & mix well.

 

Parmesan Garlic Popcorn

1 cup popped popcorn (1 tablespoon unpopped kernel)
2 teaspoons of olive oil or butter, melted
1 1/2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt

In a large bowl, drizzle the olive oil or melted butter over your popcorn and stir to evenly coat. Sprinkle the cheese and garlic salt over the popcorn. Toss & mix well.

 

Share your favorite popcorn recipe with us! Happy snacking & sweet dreams.