Popcorn Snacks

 Yellow popcorn popped on stove top in oil, bagged for later snacking.

Yellow popcorn popped on stove top in oil, bagged for later snacking.

Popcorn Snacks

I tend to joke when I am going to watch something that I should pack the popcorn. Now that I am watching my calories to loose weight, I was curious about how many calories one cup of popped popcorn in vegetable oil has.

The answer is 60 calories. To burn these calories off, I would need to walk for 14 minutes. No point in looking at jogging, only 5 minutes to burn these off but bad knees put running out of the question. Walking is the best, sustainable for a lifetime so I will stick to taking my breaks wandering through my garden after I have my little popcorn snack.

If this were air-popped, the one cup would be 35 calories.

I don't add anything to my popped popcorn - no butter, caramel or other additives. I do sprinkle a shake of salt, then toss thoroughly.

What I like about bagging the popcorn for later is that I can measure out the popcorn and make my own snack bags. If sealed, the popped popcorn will last for several days and come in handy when I need a little something savory without having to make something elaborate or browse for a recipe that hits the spot.

Which reminds me, I have been wanting to read this 1966 Weight Watchers book by the founder of the weight loss program. Wonder if popcorn was part of their original treats.

I used to toss out my extra popcorn for my birds, only the next morning, almost before sunrise, it would all be gone so I'm not quite sure who exactly was eating it. This way, I can make some snacks and not encourage wildlife to be comfortable hanging around my front door.

Yes, it's the simple things in life. Pass the popcorn, please.

Charlotte