I’m a snacker. If I can hold it in my hand or eat it from a bowl then I’ll eat it while watching TV, talking on the phone, or working on the computer. The problem with this habit, while delicious, is that it isn’t very healthy. Depending on what you eat, that is. If I’m munching on potato chips every 3 hours, that’s definitely not a good thing. It also conjures up my mom’s voice in my head saying, “You’ll spoil your dinner!” However if I’m munching on something that gives me protein, fiber and flavor in just a few calories, that sounds like a win-win situation for me. Winning for my stomach that gets filled, winning for my waistline that doesn’t grow and it stops me from hearing my mom in my head – always a good thing!
Fortunately, Orville Redenbacher has just that type of snack with their SmartPop Mini Bags. The SmartPop! bags are the perfect solution for the snackers in us who enjoy munching one something but don’t want to deal with the negative consequences of snacking. For example, a recent study by a ConAgra Foods research team determined that eating a 100 calorie portion of SmartPop! mini bags was more filling and satisfying than eating 100 calories of chocolates. On one hand that makes perfect sense. Would you think that two nuggets of chocolate was more or less filling than the entire bowl of popcorn pictured below? Yes, that bowl is ONE bag of SmartPop! equals just 100 calories and that entire bowl is ONE serving that was all for me!
The study also showed that if you snack on 100 calories of low-fat popcorn 30 minutes before lunch, it has virtual no effect in terms of how much you eat for lunch, whereas eating 150 calories of potato chips actually increased your caloric intake at lunch. So if you get a little inkling for a snack before lunch, you can satisfy your craving with some SmartPop! without having a negative effect on your lunch. This is a good thing because this is how my bowl of popcorn looked while I snacked during an episode of Firefly.
There’s another thing that I found really interesting about my empty bowl of popcorn. I’m not sure about you guys, but oftentimes when I microwave my popcorn, I get tons of unpopped kernels left over. If you look at the bowl, you can see that there were only 5 unpopped kernels of popcorn.
The flavor of Orville Redenbacher’s Butter SmartPop! was great. I loved that it didn’t have the artificial butter taste that some other brands seem to have. It was just the right amount of butter flavor to not overwhelm and to not leave your fingers greasy. The popcorn was perfectly cooked – fluffy and airy.
With an entire bowl of popcorn coming in at just 100 calories, it seems like SmartPop! is a no-brainer for a snack food. But Orville has upped the ante. SmartPop! is also 94% fat free and has 0g of trans fat per serving. In addition to being a 100% whole grain tasty treat, it also provides 4g of your daily recommended dietary fiber, 3g of protein and 6% of the recommend iron.
I should also mention how much more convenient it is to offer mini bags of popcorn when it comes to portion control. Since there’s only one serving of popcorn per mini bag, it ensures that I don’t eat too much popcorn and that I don’t have any left overs.
If you’re looking for a healthy snack that tastes great and won’t ruin your appetite, then you should check out Orville Redenbacher’s SmartPop! popcorn. It’s satisfying, healthy, and oh-so-tasty.
Orville Redenbacher’s SmartPop! is currently in stores nationwide and comes in Butter and Kettle Korn flavors. Both regular sizes and mini bags are available. For more information about SmartPop! popcorn, please visit www.orville.com.
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Disclaimer: This post consists of my (and/or fellow tester) opinions only. No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I did receive free SmartPop! products from the manufacturer or representing PR agency to use and test for the purposes of this review. This did not affect the outcome of this review.