When I was pregnant with our first son, I remember making my husband pull into a movie theater we were driving by because I had a sudden craving for popcorn. I have always enjoyed it, pregnant or not. In fact, I have been known to eat a whole full-size bag of microwave popcorn on my own. Yes, I felt guilty about it, but that did not stop me from doing it again.
I am so thankful that I was introduced to Orville Redenbacher's SmartPop! popcorn. I could not wait to try it because this popcorn is 100% whole grain, has zero grams of trans fat, and it is only 100 calories per 6 cups of popcorn! Have you ever tried the many 100-calorie snacks out there? The portions are usually tiny and you are rarely satisfied after finishing it. One 2.7oz Pop Up Bowl of SmartPop! makes approximately 7.5 cups of popcorn. Since I have begun to replace my usual snacks with SmartPop! as part of a "Healthy Snack Challenge", I was actually surprised to find that I have been eating less than 6 cups of popcorn, which means that my snacks have been less than 100 calories each. And because SmartPop! is a good source of fiber and is 94% fat free, I probably would not feel guilty even if I do finish the whole bag by myself.
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One thing that is especially cool about the SmartPop! is that it is available in these Pop Up Bowls. Our children love watching the popcorn pop through the translucent top and bottom of the popping bag. Although it takes a little finesse to pull the plastic off the top without spilling the popcorn, these bowls make it much easier to share. I do like the healthy snacking aspect of this popcorn, but I have loved sitting down and sharing a Pop Up Bowl of popcorn with my oldest son. We would eat and talk with just the two of us and those moments just do not happen often enough.
I should mention that each kernel pops up big and fluffy and there were hardly any unpopped kernels at the bottom of the bag. As instructed by the packaging, we did not use the Popcorn setting on our microwave. We tried the Butter variety of SmartPop!, which our son, who is not a fan of extra butter, thought was perfect. I think I personally would like a tiny bit more butter flavor.
To learn more about Orville Redenbacher's SmartPop!, visit Orville.com and Orville Redenbacher's on Facebook, where you can snag product coupons and play a super-fun game called Pop Cam where you use your webcam to munch on the falling popcorn on your computer screen.
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.
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