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Sweet, savory, crunchy or salty — whatever your snack cravings are, it’s possible to satisfy them with something that’s actually good for you. Popcorn is a versatile treat that you can feel good about eating.
This recipe lets you enjoy stove-popped popcorn with a satisfying, cheesy flavor, without adding cheese. The secret is nutritional yeast. Found at health food stores, it adds a cheese-like flavor without the calories or fat.
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Good and Good for You
• Air-popped popcorn has only 31 calories per cup; oil-popped popcorn has only 55 calories per cup.
• Popcorn is a whole grain, making it a smart snack choice.
• Popcorn contains fiber, which your body needs every day.
• Popcorn is naturally low in fat and calories.
• Popcorn is ideal for between-meal snacking since it satisfies and doesn’t spoil your appetite.
• 3 cups of popped popcorn equal one serving from the grain group.

Cheesy Popcorn
Yield: 10 cups
2 tablespoons garlic flavored oil or vegetable oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1 tablespoon melted butter, optional
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (found at health food stores, it adds a cheese like flavor without the calories or fat)
1 teaspoon curry powder, optional
In large, heavy-bottomed pot (with a lid), place oil and about 3 popcorn kernels.
Heat over medium-high heat until a kernel pops. Add remaining popcorn; cover.
Once corn begins to pop, shake pot constantly over heat.
When popping slows, remove pot from heat and transfer popcorn to a serving bowl.
Pour butter over popcorn, if desired, and toss.
Sprinkle yeast and curry powder, if desired, over popcorn and toss to distribute evenly.
Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container.


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