The joy of eating popcorn

Ah, popcorn … An evening at home, with a movie, your couch and popcorn is on the list of the top 10 things to do for ease, enjoyment, and relaxation.  

The therapeutic value of movie-and-couch time include the mental and emotional break from the day’s tremendous stresses. The body requires rest. Stuff a few pillows where needed and you have the perfect antidote to a day of stress and strain. 

Taking a break from the daily grind at home, sitting down, putting your feet up and getting lost in a movie offers a creative way to turn off the switch, drop the corporate suit, eat popcorn and have fun. Family movie night works too. 

Let’s get to the popcorn. No doubt, most of you who have ever tried to drop down a few sizes have resorted to popcorn to satisfy that munch-crunch habit. Popcorn is high in fibre, filling, and fairly low in calories in comparison to potato and tortilla chips.  

With weight reduction a high consumer priority, one-size popcorn pouches came to help with portion control. To satisfy different taste preferences, popcorn now comes in a variety of selections, all microwaveable. The jury is still out on how safe microwaves really are, so I use a microwave for one purpose only – popcorn.  

Then a faint memory of old-fashioned-style popcorn popped on the stove was stirred when a lady in yoga class disclosed that she only used popcorn on the stove in oil.  

I purchased a small bag of popcorn kernels, under $1.50, with enough popcorn for a month. There is no going back again. Sure there’s a pot to wash, but the taste, texture, volume and satisfaction-factor won out. This is a healthy-lifestyle step you may wish to take.  

 

Donna Mitchell is a lifestyle consultant specialising in weight management and self-help. She can be contacted on [email protected]  

Popcorn is high in fibre, filling, and fairly low in calories in comparison to potato and tortilla chips.  

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Microwaved or popped on the stovetop, popcorn is a healthy alternative to potato chips. – PHOTO: FILE
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