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Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 3:30 am

The next time you are cooking up some bacon save the drippings to use for this next recipe! Yes, we said bacon...so now that we have your attention, let’s look at what we will be snacking on.

Sometimes certain foods can get a bad reputation for various reasons. One food that has definitely been a victim of neglect in the snack world is popcorn! Because popcorn is a product of corn, it is typically thought of as “bad” and high in carbohydrates.

We’re here to shed new light on this delicious product! Disclaimer here, we are not talking about the salty, buttery popcorn we get at the movie theater. We’re talking about popcorn that you make yourself at home and you control what you add to it.

There are so many great benefits to eating popcorn, but one of the best things about this food is that it contains fiber. People who are following a carb-controlled diet are welcome to partake in eating popcorn. Since it is made from corn, it is considered a whole grain and is a good source of fiber.

Foods that are higher in fiber spike blood sugar levels less than lower fiber options. Also, popcorn is considered a low glycemic food. One of our favorite things about popcorn is the incredible serving size you get! A 3 cup portion of popped popcorn is only 15 grams of carbohydrates and roughly 100 calories. That’s a lot of popcorn with very little consequence.

Now, keep in mind that we are adding some sugar here, so it will change the nutritional profile. If that is a concern, you can certainly leave out the chocolate and butterscotch chips. The one tablespoon of maple syrup goes far to add sweetness. On the flip side, it helps extend the one tablespoon of bacon drippings. So, instead of adding several tablespoons of butter or oil, the flavor is extended with the maple and bacon complementing each other, while allowing for portion control.

In 2020, we encourage you to eat 80/20. That means 80 percent of the time you eat a healthy diet, 20 percent of the time you enjoy small indulgences or treats. This popcorn falls into that 20 percent. We think it’s worth it. Plus, it’s also great to give you a little energy for an afternoon walk in the crisp, fall air!

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