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Gut Renovation author Dr. Roshini Raj believes there's a direct connection between our digestive health and how we age—and improving that starts in the kitchen. According to Dr. Raj, spices are one category of food that we should be eating for optimal anti-aging gut health, and an easy and fun way to add them to our diets is to sprinkle them on popcorn. Instead of the traditional salt and butter, she says, try garlic powder, chili powder, curry powder, unsweetened cocoa powder or ground cinnamon (a combo of the last two is really nice). Grated Parmesan and grated lemon zest are good options, too.
And instead of buying packaged microwave popcorn, which contains added chemicals that are best left out of your diet, follow this incredibly simple method for how to make popcorn in a paper bag instead.
For another healthy recipe by Dr. Raj, check out her Homemade Frozen Yogurt.
Put the popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag. Fold the top of the bag over 2 or 3 times and place it, folded-side down, in the microwave.
Microwave on the popcorn setting until you hear the popping slow. Remove from the microwave, pour the popcorn into a bowl and season to taste.