Healthy Bites for October:
Popcorn can be a healthy snack, if made with little or no added salt and butter. It’s also good for you because it counts as a whole grain. USDA’s Choose MyPlate recommends getting at least half of your grains from whole grains. Three cups of popped popcorn equal one serving from the grains group.
October is Popcorn Popping Month, a good time to check out these tips to make popcorn fun and healthy.
- MyPlate: Grains Group, G1607. This UNL publication describes ways to include grain food products, especially whole grains, into the diet.
- The Popcorn Board. Information and resources for kids and teachers, nutrition, and recipes. http://www.popcorn.org/.
- Cook it Quick On-line Newsletter. 2012. Healthy Halloween Party Foods with Popcorn.
- Nutrition and Healthy Eating: High Fiber Foods. Mayo Clinic.