When you want to eat a lot, eat THIS popcorn

If you’re feeling the need to eat a lot of something, popcorn just might be the answer.  A huge bowl (which is about 7 cups) of THIS popcorn, is only 5 PointsPlus for Weight Watchers followers.  And making good, healthy popcorn that is free of the chemicals and additives often found in microwave popcorn is easier than you think.

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What you’ll need:
A pot with a capacity of at least 2 quarts and its lid
1 tsp. oil (preferably coconut oil or canola oil)
1/4 cup popcorn kernels (gourmet kernels are a real treat, if your grocery carries them)
1 tsp. melted butter
Popcorn salt

How to:
Heat oil in the pot over medium-high heat.  After hot, add the kernels and cover with the lid. Periodically give the pot a few firm shakes, so the kernels don’t burn.  As the kernels pop, continue to give the pot a few firm shakes periodically and vent the lid briefly to allow steam to escape.  As the popping slows, remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl.  Top with the melted butter and popcorn salt.  (Note: Popcorn salt is a finely ground salt that allows it to settle in the crevices.  Table and kosher salt are larger and heavier, and the granules tend to fall to the bottom of the bowl.)

A quarter cup of kernels yields all of this:

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So when you’re feeling the need to have a snack with a lot of volume, try popping some stovetop popcorn.  It’s healthy, delicious and satisfying.

(If want your popcorn to be really lean, you can forego the oil and butter and simply place the popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag, roll down the top a few times and place the bag in the microwave on high until the popping slows to one pop every 2 to 3 seconds.  This “naked” popcorn would count only 3 PointsPlus for Weight Watchers followers.)

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