Need A Healthy Snack?

If you are like me, you are always looking for a healthy snack for you and your family. You are also looking for a snack that is easy and not time consuming to make. For my house, Orville Redenbacker popcorn is the answer. Orville Redenbacker’s popcorn is made with 100% whole grains and is a great source of fiber! Many of the varieties have zero trans fats. You can also buy them in 100 calorie packs! When I was doing Weight Watchers a couple of years ago, popcorn was one of those snacks that they highly recommended. I was actually told at one of my meeting to buy the Smart Pop popcorn, and if I wanted a more butter taste then I should use some spray butter (which would count as 0 points for those of you are using Weight Watchers).

What I personally love is that there is a variety for every person or every mood. If I am looking to be healthy, I either eat the smart pop or the 100 calorie packs. If I want to be really naughty, I have the movie theater butter (which is pretty darn close to move theater popcorn though I don’t feel like I am going to keel over with a heart attack while eating it).

I was going to take a picture of us all eating this popcorn (this was the movie theater kind in the picture), but I decided that I didn’t want to share. It was good. That being said, I have a great giveaway for all of you. I am giving away not one but two popcorn bowls (double the chances to win!). In each bowl, there are two bags of microwave popcorn to try and a couple of coupons. Sounds great, right? I like to make it easy to enter, so I’ll give you several ways:

1. Leave a comment on this post. I want to know what is your favorite variety of Orville Redenbacker popcorn. One comment only please and let me know everything you did for your entries in that comment.
2. Blog about this giveaway linking to this page or my home page.
3. Stumble this post. If you don’t know what Stumble Upon is, please read Lori’s post at Blogging Cents. She explains it extremely well.
4. Subscribe to this blog using either my email or RSS feed.

Now, its up to the winners if they want to enjoy the popcorn on their own or if they actually want to share with their families. I will be running this contest till May 30th at 8:00 pm CST and it is only open to those in the US. Good luck!

6 Superfoods

Did you know that there are foods out there that can be used as health boosting agents?

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is both rich and the fat is mostly saturated. It also contains lots of lauric acid which is an antiviral, antibacterial fatty acid. Lauric acid is also one of the immune boosters that babies get from breast milk.

Grass Fed Beef

Beef is a source of iron, vitamin B, and zinc. However, grass fed beef resembles the game that our ancestors ate. It contains less fat, more anticancer fat, and more omega-3 fatty acids.

Nuts

Nuts are rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and antioxidants. Walnuts are one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids which fight obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

Cinnamon

Studies have shown that cinnamon regulates blood sugar, inhibits cancer cells, and is anti-inflammatory.

Raw Honey and Molasses

Use these sweeteners instead of sugar. Raw honey contains phytonutrients enzymes that aid digestion. Molasses is a good source of iron and other minerals.

Olive Oil

Olive oil contains monounsaturated fats, phenols, and Vitamin E. In plain English, that means it reduces inflammation, has cancer fighting antioxidants, and lowers the risk of heart disease, protest skin from damaging agents, and prevents nerve damage.

Lose Weight Foods

Yes, there really are foods that can help you lose weight. You may want to start eating these food:

Walnuts – Not only can eating walnuts on a regular basis lower your cholesterol, they help you feel full. They contain proteins, healthy fats, and omega 3 fatty acids which contributes towards this.

Green Tea – Research has shows that green tea can increase your metabolism. If you drink it without milk or sugar, it does not contain any calories.

Whole Grain Cereal – Since whole grain foods take longer to digest, they make you feel full longer.

Watermelon – Any fruits or vegetables with a high water content fill you up with fewer calories. Other foods that can be included here are lettuce, cantaloupe, and cucumbers.