This past week I took on the “Healthy Snacking Challenge” from Orville Redenbacher’s. The challenge is simple, just substitute in Orville Redenbacher’s SmartPop! in place of my usual snacks! I love popcorn so eating it in place of other snacks wasn’t a hard sacrifice for me to make at all! Typically, I usually enjoy popcorn as an evening after dinner treat, though, so it was fun to mix it up and enjoy some popcorn at different times during the day. The SmartPop! Popcorn is 94% fat free and has just 15 calories per cup of popped popcorn. You can enjoy 6 whole cups of popcorn for 100 calories! That’s amazing because I’ve had the 100-calorie snack packages in the past and they sure don’t have 6 whole cups of food in there, they are usually extremely small portions.
I was so excited to participate in this challenge as I am a horrible snacker. I tend to be a grazer and not eat really big full meals for breakfast and lunch which means I’m always hungry between meals. Rather than try to prepare a good snack, I usually just find something yummy in the cupboard to grab – like cookies, candy, chips and salsa, or other treats that are just grab and enjoy. Popcorn is such a simple switch as it takes just two minutes to cook in the microwave. Every time I popped up a bag of popcorn, it easily was enough for me and all three of my little boys and made the absolutely perfect afternoon snack to get us between lunchtime and dinner. Each time, the popcorn left me full and not antsy looking for more things to snack on.
The SmartPop! is a bit more “dry” tasting and doesn’t taste as buttery as other microwaveable popcorn, but it was still really good! I would have no problem switching to only SmartPop! popcorn. In fact, without all the extra butter taste, it tasted much more natural then the sometimes artificial tasting varieties that are loaded in butter flavoring. It also meant I downed two full cups of water while enjoying the popcorn, another perk since I’m not a great water drinker either. We also loved the Pop Up Bowls that meant no mess as it was so easy to eat the popcorn right out of the bag I didn’t even have to dirty any dishes to enjoy this snack! I can’t wait to try Orville Redenbacher’s Kettle Korn SmartPop! variety too as I LOVE Kettle Korn!
With Orville Redenbacher’s SmartPop! Popcorn, you get a snack that is made with 100% whole grain, is a good source of fiber, is low in fat, and has zero grams of trans fat! All this together leads to a snack that leads to less hunger and more satisfaction with a snack that is still delicious and fun to eat! It’s the perfect alternative towards healthier snacking versus chips, pretzels, and sugar filled snacks! Next time you’re looking for a great healthy snack alternative, be sure to check out Orville Redenbacher’s SmartPop! You can connect with Orville Redenbacher’s Facebook Fan page to score a $1 off coupon and play a fun Pop Cam Game!
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Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Orville and received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.