(Family Features) As many people start getting back into normal routines, they’re returning to familiar on-the-go lifestyles by heading back to work, traveling to new destinations, and enjoying time with loved ones.
While you get out to explore and gather with family and friends again, remember you’ll need fuel for your adventures. According to a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, most Americans fail to get enough whole grains each day, opting instead for mostly refined grains.
Foods like tasty whole-grain popcorn offer an easy health hack so you can make every bite count. Try getting in the habit of popping 9 cups of popcorn in the morning and dividing it into two containers. Season one container with salt and herbs, the other with a pinch of sugar and cinnamon so you can alternate between sweet and salty throughout the day. Bringing delicious options like these while on the go can help satisfy hunger pangs while adding the fiber your body needs.
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Crunchy Popcorn Trail Mix
Yield: 9 cups
5 cups popped popcorn
3 cups whole-grain oat cereal
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup peanuts or other nuts
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
6 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
In a large, microwavable bowl, stir popcorn, cereal, raisins, nuts, and seeds; set aside.
In a small saucepan, heat butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup until boiling; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour over the popcorn mixture, stirring to coat evenly.
Microwave 3-4 minutes, stirring and scraping bowl after each minute.
Spread onto greased cookie sheet; cool. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container.
Source: Popcorn Board