If you are like a lot of people and don’t want to get the juicer out just before bed time but your appetite need quashing, you may be asking yourself; whats a healthy snack before bed, You are hungry and need to supress your appetite! OK this is not juicing I hear you say, but it is much better than grabbing biscuits ou crisps when the munchy monster arrives.
So grabbing for anything unhealthy goes against the grain so to speak! But reality has it that the grain becomes our friend in the form of the corn grain. Thats if it is the popable kind. Those little minuscule cute cornels of corn, that can be made so easily at home, that is popcorn could be the answer to the midnight feast you have been looking for.
Full of goodness, roughage and low in fat is can stave off any hunger pains quickly whilst giving you untold amounts of healthy benefits before bed.
Yes popcorn is our friend its official, not only for bed time snacks but also for a healthy snack at work, or anytime even during the day!
Whats a healthy snack before bed?
SUZANNAH HILLS Writes;
“As well as being a great diet food, popcorn also contains a high level of antioxidents, which help fight harmful molecules.
Plain popcorn has already been hailed as a great diet food for its low calorie content but now a group of scientists claim it may even top fruits and vegetables in antioxidant levels.
Antioxidants – known as polyphenols – have huge health benefits as they help fight harmful molecules that damage cells.
Popcorn was found to have a high level of concentrated antioxidants because it is made up of just four percent water while they are more diluted in fruits and vegetables because they are made up of up to 90 percent water.
Researchers discovered one serving of popcorn has up to 300mg of antioxidants – nearly double the 160mg for all fruits per serving.
They also found that the crunchy hulls of the popcorn have the highest concentration of antioxidants and fiber.
The scientists from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania unveiled their discovery at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego.
Researcher Joe Vinson said: ‘Those hulls deserve more respect. They are nutritional gold nuggets.”
Personally I have loved these golden nuggets for years. Growing up as a child, my Mum freshly making it on the hob, but even now as an adult made freshly for my children, the bowl is never left empty! So why not eat popcorn all the time and do away with the juicer?
“But Mr Vinson warned that people can’t forgo their five-a-day in favour of popcorn – as it doesn’t contain vital vitamins and nutrients found in fruit and vegetables.
Although he added that popcorn has many other health benefits, stating: ‘Popcorn may be the perfect snack food.
But researchers warn that while popcorn has a higher concentration of antioxidents it doesn’t contain any of the vital vitamins or other nutrients found in fruit and vegetables
‘It’s the only snack that is 100 per cent unprocessed whole grain. ‘One serving of popcorn will provide more than 70 per cent of the daily intake of whole grain.
Mr Vinson added: ‘Air-popped popcorn has the lowest number of calories while microwave popcorn has twice as many calories as air-popped.'”
So buy your corn grains from a wholefood shop or supermarket and heat them up your self. What they forgot to say is the cost of doing it your self is much less in price and three times the fun. To hear those little grain cracking and popping (don’t for get the lid on the pan otherwise they will be all over your kitchen like the blender juice without the lid on!) is a delight in its self.
So you may say popcorn before bed hey Hmmm?… Well look at it this way; You get lots and lots of antioxidents (polyphenols) that work whilst your sleep (or whilst your awake) helping you to keep your system healthy and they fight the harmful cell damaging molecules. Also you get loads of great unadulterated undiluted fibre, good for the bowels and digestive track, that will help your cleansing process, clearing toxins and waste from the colon wall.
It should be said again that there is no particular vitamin or nutrient content to shout about in popcorn so your regular juicing and eating habits should not be abandoned for this golden nugget of a grain. But do make it yourself if you are bothered about dieting and the calories involved form eating it as a ready made purchased product.
OK it can’t be juiced but it can bridge the gap from eating junk food.
So if your just looking for whats a healthy snack before bed then popcorn is one of your best bets. But dont forget to clean you teeth as the husks of the grain have tendency to make very good friends with you and get stuck between your teeth.