Shake Up Movie Night With Crazy (Healthy) Popcorn Recipes
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health identified a connection between the chemical diacetyl, used to flavor microwave popcorn, and cases of lung disease in workers at popcorn factories. For popcorn lovers, the answer is clear: Make popcorn yourself! Pour ¼ cup of popcorn kernels into a regular brown paper bag, fold the top of the bag shut tight, then pop in microwave for about two minutes, or until popping slows to a second between pops. Voila! Fresh popcorn with no factory chemicals. If you’re craving some fun flavors, try these simple recipes:
This is a great recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth. Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of sugar to 3 tablespoons of melted butter. Drizzle onto the edges of a brown paper bag, add popped popcorn, and shake well!
Sriracha Sesame Celebration
Here’s to the adventurous popcorn lovers! Combine 1 tablespoon Sriracha, 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Sprinkle half over popcorn and shake well inside of bag. Repeat with remaining mixture. Whether you’re preparing for a movie marathon or need an after-school snack, any of these recipes will be a tasty alternative to the chemicals saturating microwave popcorn. Enjoy!
Popcorn is considered to be a fairly healthy snack by most experts, especially when compared to other salty treats, like corn chips. Unfortunately, microwave popcorn is another matter. Many popular popcorn brands use trans fats, which the Centers for Disease Control estimate are related to 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths annually. Additionally, a study from the
Traditional and Butter
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter, then drizzle it along the sides of a brown paper bag. Pour your already popped popcorn into the bag until it’s half full, close the bag tight, and shake vigorously. In no time, you’ll have perfectly buttered popcorn!
TRIGGER POINT DRY NEEDLING
What Is It and Can It Help You? Trigger point dry needling, or TDN, is a form of therapy designed to help ease subacute and chronic pain. It can be used to treat pain and muscle tension, and even to promote healing. This is a medical treatment that relies on proper medical diagnosis to be effective. During the procedure, a tiny monofilament needle is inserted into the muscle. The needle is used to release shortened bands of muscle that decrease trigger point activity. For physical therapy patients, TDN can be used to:
Frequently asked questions about TDN:
How is it different from acupuncture? The performance of modern dry needling by physical therapists is based on modern neuroanatomy. Performance of dry needling does not use traditional acupuncture theory or acupuncture terminology. Is it safe? The clean technique involves only individually packaged, single-use, sterile needles. The needles are very fine and very rarely does any bleeding occur. Where does TDN fit into my rehab plan? It is very common to initiate dry needling at the beginning of your treatment program. It may take several visits before a positive reaction occurs. Contraindications are as follows: acute trauma with hematoma, blood or circulatory disorders, Coumadin therapy or decreased coagulation, unstable bone injury, malignant
Resolve frustrating musculoskeletal disorders. Keep you active and doing what you love. Help prevent recurrence of the initial problem. Predict results immediately based on initial response to treatment.
tumor, decreased sensation, or fear of needles. Your therapist will help determine if treatment is an option. Is it covered by my insurance? This is an elective cash-pay procedure not billable to insurance. A physician’s order or prescription is not required.
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