If you’ve ever endured a diet for any length of time, you know how it feels to long for a snack and have to lock the chips up for your own safety. Dieting can be a difficult time, but it gets worse when you realize the only way to keep the pounds off is through lifestyle change.
If you’re enduring diet changes and have visions of any snack that doesn’t involve carrots or fruit, have no fear. There is a familiar snack you know and love that will not only satisfy those cravings, but nourish your body at the same time.
Popcorn may seem like a pound packing, but oh so satisfying snack, but it’s actually a diet friendly and extremely healthy food. Popcorn itself has only 31 calories per cup. It’s all the butter and oils we like to add in when we cook it that really pack on those calories.
Popcorn is packed with antioxidants
Popcorn has more antioxidants than many fruits and vegetables, and has trace amounts of minerals such as magnesium and iron. While you shouldn’t try replacing all your daily fruits and vegetables with a bowl of popcorn, adding it in can be beneficial to your health.
Enjoy your popcorn and have some flavor too
Air popped corn has a delightful crunch to it, but not very much flavor by itself. Fortunately, there are plenty of light seasoning options that will add flavor to your popcorn without too many extra calories. Try dusting your popcorn with Italian seasoning, curry powder, lemon-pepper, jerk seasoning, and other simple powdered seasonings. These seasonings usually have very little in the way of calories, but pack a big punch in the way of flavor.
Popcorn can help you lose weight
While the key to weight loss is burning more calories than you consume, achieving that can be very difficult. Your body sends you signals to let you know you are starving (after all, in order to burn calories you are indeed running a deficit.) The longer you go without food, the more often you make poor food choices when you finally break down and eat.
The trick isn’t in manifesting some huge amount of willpower, but in making sure you don’t get that hungry in the first place. Having a daily popcorn snack can really help here, because it is not very calorie dense, and studies have shown leave you more satisfied than a bag of potato chips despite the chips having more calories.
After a nice filling snack, you’ll be much less likely to binge on that huge pile of cookies someone brought into work, and you’ll be able to get to your lean and healthy dinner with your diet still intact.
If you are putting together a new diet or lifestyle change, consider adding popcorn to your regimen. You’ll love having a little flavor to look forward to each day, and you’ll be doing both your mind and your body a service through the power of popcorns antioxidants.