Singing the Praises of Popcorn

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Delicious, fun to eat, cheap and healthy--yep, that's popcorn. Check out the facts:

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* Popcorn is a whole grain food and a good source of fiber.
* Popcorn is low in calories -- only 31-55 calories in one cup of unbuttered.
* Popcorn has no artificial additives or preservatives. has a host of recipes here. And don't think you need an expensive popper--we pop ours right on the stove top. Simply heat two tablespoons of canola oil on a medium flame, add 1/4 cup of kernels, cover and keep the kernels moving so they don't burn. I serve mine in unbreakable Preserve Nested Bowls (made from recycled yogurt containers).

And thanks to Kernel Season's here are some fun popcorn crafts:
Popcorn holiday sheep - draw a sheep's head and feet on construction paper. Let children fill in the body with popped popcorn. ( Adapt to any white animal shape)
Feed birds by stringing popcorn and cut up apples. Hang on a fence post for a backyard feast. Birds will use leftover string when building nests.

And popcorn trivia:
Q: How high can popcorn pop? A: As high as three feet.
Q: Who ate popcorn like breakfast cereal with milk? A: American Pilgrims.
Q: How much popcorn will one cup of kernels make? A: One cup of kernels can make a whopping 40 cups of popped popcorn

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