Smart Super Bowl Snacking
Learn how to snack smart during your Super Bowl party.
Photo Credit: California Walnut Board
Here are a few healthy makeover recipes from the California Walnut Board. Walnuts are the only nut that provide a significant amount of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid proven to help cardiovascular health.
Popcorn Walnut Delight
This American favorite is easy to make at home using walnuts and a light caramel. This version contains half the sugar per serving than the stadium-bought alternative and the walnuts provide nearly 10 times the amount of ALA omega-3s than of any other nut. Be sure to make enough because this deliciously smart and fun treat will go quickly when served to hungry football fanatics.
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3 tablespoons canola oil
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar or cider vinegar
Pinch baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
4 cups popped corn
3/4 cup walnut halves or pieces or a mixture
1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
2. Combine butter, oil, sugar, vinegar, baking soda, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring just until butter has melted, approximately 3 minutes. If it starts to bubble, remove from heat to complete stirring.
3. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Put on popped corn and walnuts and mix them. Drizzle butter-sugar sauce all over and toss and turn well.
4. Place in oven and bake 15 minutes. Remove, and using a wooden spoon or spatula, turn several times. Return to oven, and repeat turning process 2 more times at 15-minute intervals. After 1 hour, remove corn and turn several times. Let stand at room temperature to cool. When cool, store in plastic bags or containers and store in a cool, dry place. It will stay fresh up to 10 days.
Makes 4 cups about 8 servings
|Caramel Corn||Popcorn Walnut Delight|
*Source for original: Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary edition, copyright 2006