delicious lowfat popcorn
Let’s see, a
handful of healthy potato soy crisps or a mountain of
indulgent caramel covered butter popcorn? Both contain
carbs, which are proven to increase mood-boosting
serotonin, which dips on premenstrual days. But one is
mind-blowingly bland and the other promises to blow your
diet right out of the water. No PMSing gal should be
to make such difficult decisions.
don’t have to choose thanks to the evil geniuses at LesserEvil
Snack Co. in Tuckahoe, NY, who have created a line
of tasty gourmet popcorn that's low in fat and contains
no trans fats or white sugar.
The two founders are a former marketing
exec from Ben & Jerry’s and a communications exec
from Snapple, who defected to take their indulgent treat
know-how and create delicious, healthier snacks. Their line of air-popped gourmet popcorn, which
is cooked in traditional copper kettles, makes it easy to indulge
those PMS cravings with all their mood-boosting carbs while
avoiding the guilt that comes with a truckload of sugar
and fat. Flavors include:
which has a rich salty buttery taste with a crisp
lightly sweet coating
chocolate and vanilla
is reminiscent of cinammon toast
a Reese’s peanut butter cup lover's dream
which has a rich maple flavor and pecan bits and is infused with heart-protective plant sterols
are proven to lower LDL “bad” cholesterol
The skinny on
the health part: This all-natural air-popped popcorn
contains 120 calories or less and one to two
grams of fiber per serving. Plus, it boasts no preservatives or trans fat, is low in
saturated fat (1.5 grams or less per serving), and
contains no sugar,
corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup (it’s sweetened
with evaporated cane juice and brown rice syrup).
The skinny on
the tasty part: It contains real clarified butter,
cocoa, peanut butter, cinnamon, maple and pecans. No
artificial flavors here.
While it’s not
exactly health food—unless butter suddenly becomes
classified as a vegetable (fingers crossed!)—without a
bucket of gooey sugar like you get in other sweet
popcorn treats, you'll
avoid the inevitable crash as well as the guilt.
Make your own four pack of four 3.65-ounce boxes,
$13.95; Cocoa Coal coming out for the holidays for $9.99
for a four-pack,
Attend the festivals!
Marion Popcorn Festival, Marion, Ohio.
Go for the popcorn eating
contest, Wee Little Pop and Snack Foods
Valparaiso Popcorn Festival, Valparaiso,
Indiana. Join the celebration as Valparaiso fetes
its native son, Orville Redenbacher, and his
Go for the Popcorn Parade, Popcorn Ball and crowning of
the Popcorn Queen.
Beavercreek Popcorn Festival, Beavercreek,
Ohio. Go for the 5K popcorn run and specialty foods made with
Did you know?
produces two basic shapes when it's popped: snowflake
or mushroom. Snowflake is primarily used in movie theaters and
ballparks because it looks and pops bigger. Mushroom is
usually used for candy because it's less likely to crumble.
Four Weeks subscribers will win one of three
LesserEvil popcorn gifts: a four-pack of LesserEvil
popcorn or Cocoa Coal, which is their new flavor for the
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