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Brown-Bag Popcorn

Everyday Food, September 2012

Popcorn has some serious healthy-snack credentials: It's a low-calorie whole grain, a good source of fiber, and, according to a study from Pennsylvania's University of Scranton, packed with antioxidants. But drowned in butter and salt, it loses its healthy halo. Instead, try this easy (and inexpensive) method for making more wholesome popcorn in the microwave.

Place 2 tablespoons popcorn kernels in a paper lunch bag, fold top down twice to close, and microwave until popping slows almost to a stop, 2 to 3 minutes (makes 3 cups).

To punch up the flavor, try these fast seasoning blends:

Mexican Chocolate Popcorn
Cheesy Garlic Popcorn
Spicy Citrus Popcorn

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