It’s time to get poppin’!
You can air pop it, microwave it, cover it in caramel and butter, make it sweet or savory, the possibilities are endless.
Not only is it a low calorie snack (when air popped or not loaded with sugar) but it is easily found everywhere.
So what’s the problem, why are we popping?
With grain free diets and corn allergies a lot of people are looking for alternatives for this “healthy” snack.
In short, popcorn nutritional value, but mostly from fiber. Corn can also do some damage on your gut and digestive system.
Like most grains, corn contains prolamins, a protein our body cannot properly break down, and can cause leaky gut and bad bacteria to grow in your gut.
Now we aren’t saying you shouldn’t eat corn, but maybe take into consideration some alternatives to this sweet or salty snack.
Can you pop anything else? Why yes you can! Say hello to Sorghum and Lotus Seeds!
Let us begin with Sorghum.
What is it?
Sorghum is a gluten free grain that is high in protein and rich in antioxidants.
It can be served like rice or quinoa but it can also be used for poppin’!
What does it help?
Next, let us venture to Lotus Seeds
What are they?
Commonly known as Phool Makhana, or fox nuts, lotus seeds are a seed found in India.
They are very similar to the lotus flower. They are rich in medical and healing properties.
They are gluten free and grain free, rich in protein, magnesium, potassium, iron, rich and phosphorus.
What does it help?
The nutritional breakdown comparison…
Per 50g serving, Air Popped
Corn: 2.5g Fat, 39g Carbs, 7g Fiber, 6.5g Protein
Sorghum: 2g Fat, 38g Carbs, 5g Fiber, 6g Protein
Lotus Seed: 1g Fat, 39g Carbs, 0g Fiber, 6g Protein
Other puffed/popped grains
Just think of all the poppabilites you have with seasoning and flavoring your new found popped snacks.
You can also purchase Sorghum and Lotus Seeds already popped and seasoned, you know, for convince!
Give it a try and let us know what you think! #fitbitenutrition
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