Work Snacks Friday! Microwave Popcorn Magic

I’m not gonna lie, snacks are a very important part of my work day. So, for the good of humanity I’m going to start doing some serious investigative research on new and exciting snacks that are easy to keep around at work. And thus, the blog’s Work Snacks Friday series was born.

My first discovery is that you can make microwave popcorn with nothing more than a bowl and popcorn kernels. You don’t even need any oil or spray or anything beyond: microwave, bowl with lid, popcorn.

All you need for microwave popcorn at work is: popcorn, microwave safe bowl with lid, and a microwave.

All you need for microwave popcorn at work is: popcorn, microwave safe bowl with lid.

A few weeks ago I saw this great post up on The Kitchn showing that you can microwave your own popcorn in just a brown paper bag. So cool! But…I was reading the comments and some people reported examples of the paper bags catching on fire in the microwave. Now, I’m not sure how often this actually occurs, but I really don’t want to be the person who burns down the microwave or sets off the fire alarm.

Further research turned up that you can actually just microwave plain popcorn kernels in any microwave safe bowl with a plate on top. Cool! But…I don’t have a microwave safe bowl of the proper size at work. I ended up buying a microwave popcorn bowl that had excellent reviews on Amazon and it is awesome! For $7 for the bowl and $3 for the popcorn kernels I am set for snacks for several weeks. Although you don’t need any oil or anything else, I recommend using a little olive oil for flavor and getting creative with some seasonings (garlic salt, dried rosemary, cumin or curry).

Microwave popcorn magic

And two minutes later: microwave popcorn magic!

A few microwave popcorn facts:

  • Workers in microwave popcorn factories have been diagnosed with a rare lung disease called bronchiolitis obliterans that is linked to a chemical used in artificial butter flavor. There is currently no evidence that just eating the popcorn will hurt you. But, I would rather not eat something that has been shown to cause life-threatening illness in people who are handling it regularly. (Washington Post)
  • A chemical used in the bags for microwave popcorn called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) has been shown to cause liver, testicular and pancreatic cancer in animals and infertility in women. The chemical is so pervasive that it’s detectable in the blood of 95 percent of Americans. (AARP)
  • Popcorn is a pretty good source of fiber- it has even more fiber per serving than oranges or carrots.  (Mayo Clinic)
Look at all that fiber!

Look at all that fiber!

Do you have any suggestions for Work Snacks? Let us know in the comments!

 

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