Popcorn, Books, and Vitamins--What Do They Have in Common? Come See!

What do popcorn, books, and vitamins have in common? They are all things that are good for you. Compare 180 calories in packaged and homemade popcorn. See how a popcorn company helps people of all ages read. Learn about popcorn and vitamins. Great snack for picky eaters!

180 Calories—in Packaged and Homemade Popcorn

Popsugar has posted a picture of what 180 calories of packaged popcorn looks like compared to 180 calories of homemade popcorn.

The bowl of packaged popcorn is ¾ full. The bowl of homemade popcorn (which is in a larger bowl) is overflowing with popcorn. The 180 calories of homemade popcorn are more than double 180 calories of packaged popcorn sold in stores.

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Why the difference in calories in packaged popcorn compared to homemade popcorn? It’s what’s added to the packaged popcorn. Most of us realize that microwaveable popcorn bags and store-bought popped popcorn has sodium and butter added to it. 

Popping your popcorn at home lets you put whatever you want on it. One cup of air-popped popcorn has 31 calories. Add one tablespoon of oil and a pinch of salt, and now it still has only 91 calories. If you want a sweet snack, add honey, ginger, and lemon.

If you start with microwave popcorn in a bag, you start out with 400 calories.

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Moral of the story—if you need a snack, pop some popcorn in a hot-air popcorn popper. Then add a tablespoon of oil, a pinch of salt, and enjoy your 90-calorie snack.

From: Popsugar Fitness, April 13, 2018 by ERIN CULLUM


Popcorn and Books—The Perfect Combination

In Bluffton, Ohio, Shirley’s Gourmet popcorn encouraged students to read during National Reading Month in March.

Readers reading 6 hours of books get a free bag of popcornReaders reading 6 hours of books get a free bag of popcorn

After a reader completed six hours of reading, Shirley’s popcorn gave them a free bag of popcorn. The result was that over 7,500 readers read upwards of 45,000 hours!

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There was no age limit placed on readers! (I would have loved to have been there—reading and free popcorn—what a perfect combination!!)

The co-founder and CEO of Shirley’s, Pete Suter, said that supporting literacy and reading is central to their brand. To be able to inspire so many people to read for so many hours shows the strength of their brand.

But that’s not all. On Shirley’s birthday, 100 percent of sales on that day is donated to local literacy organizations.

On Shirley’s birthday, 100 percent of sales on that day is donated to local literacy organizations.On Shirley’s birthday, 100 percent of sales on that day is donated to local literacy organizations.

As a retired educator (and both a life-long reader and popcorn lover), I say thank you to Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn for inspiring people to read (and enjoy popcorn in the process).

From: limaohio.com on April 13, 2018


Popcorn and Vitamins

A new type of popcorn is infused with vitamins. It’s called Vitapop Popcorn. The popcorn—which is non-GMO—has over 15 essential vitamins and 10 grams of protein.

The flavor is great and you can’t taste the vitamins. It’s a great way to get picky eaters, like kids, to get their vitamins.

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Vitapop Popcorn is infused with vitamins and proteinVitapop Popcorn is infused with vitamins and protein--one way to get kids to get their vitamins!

Fifty percent of the business is now owned by CURLS CEO Mahisha Dellinger. Ms Dellinger is a Black woman who came from a turbulent upbringing to become CEO of natural hair care line CURLS. She is a beauty entrepreneur. Vitapop popcorn fits right in with her concept of beauty and nutrition.

My question is how do they get the vitamins ad protein into the popcorn?

Popcorn infused with vitamins—now that’s what I call a nutritious snack!

From: rollingout by Cassidy Sparks, April 14, 2018