This Can You Guess It?? photo appears in the January 2006 Nebline Newsletter

popcornDid you know Nebraska has consistently ranked in the top two states in the nation in popcorn production? Nutritious, low calorie and crunchy, popcorn naturally appeals to all ages.

MyPyramid recommends
making at least half of your
daily grains “whole grains.”

Whole grains, like popcorn, are made from the entire grain seed (usually called the kernel). Popcorn is an example of a whole grain food.

Popcorn is a good choice for healthy eating. It contains fiber providing roughage the body needs in the daily diet. Popcorn is low in calories — only 31 to 55 calories in one cup of unbuttered, and when lightly buttered, one cup still only has 133 calories.

For more information:

A Poppin' Good Idea - Seasoning Tips

Spending Your Calorie Salary - Tips for Using the 2005 Dietary Guidelines

30 MyPyramid Steps to a Healthier You

Even Wildlife Can Enjoy Popcorn:

After Christmas, your live Christmas tree can be moved outside and be redecorated for the birds. Anchor the tree in a bucket full of damp sand. Put on strings of popcorn and cranberries. Apples, oranges, leftover breads and pine cones covered with peanut butter then dipped in birdseed can also be added. For best results, push the edible ornaments well into the tree.


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