Long before all the controversy over the health risks of eating movie popcorn, I would smuggle my own popped corn into the theater because it was fresh and healthier, not to mention economical (OK, cheap!). Paired up with a large cup of icy-cola, my 6-quart brown grocery bag of popcorn was usually empty before the opening credits!
Eaten in moderation, popcorn is certainly one of the more healthy snack foods, especially when air popped (contains only 30 calories vs 150 using oil and butter), and with little to no added salt. Even when you haven’t the time to see a movie, you can enjoy popcorn as part of a nutritious meal, rather than bingeing on it as a snack.
Because vegan breakfast cereals made with whole grains and without added sugars, salt or preservatives are in short supply here in Japan. I’ve resorted to making my own healthy breakfast cereals including bran flakes, and even okara granola. We eat puffed rice and puffed wheat, so why not puffed corn, I thought? I pop the corn in my Presto PowerPop microwave popper, then grind it up in the food processor to the desired size.
It turns out be a really a satisfying and healthy solution to eating popcorn solo, when you may feel compelled to use added fat, salt and sugar. Recently, I’ve been doing a similar thing by incorporating dry-roasted and unsalted nuts (including peanuts, almonds, cashews, and pistachios) into soups, salads, breads, and dressings, too.
I would never have imagined eating popcorn for breakfast, but once I tried it, I was hooked.