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20 Delicious Popcorn Recipes that Will Make Your Movie Night More Delightful

20 Delicious Popcorn Recipes that Will Make Your Movie Night More Delightful

We love our movie nights and our little get-togethers with friends and family, so why not try something a little daring with a treat that usually only gets the choice of butter and salt.  These popcorn recipes that are fun, sophisticated, playful, and exotic will turn up the fun. They are also a super safe way to start segueing into more exotic culinary adventures.

1.  Peanut Butter Cashew Popcorn

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    This popcorn recipe from Julie’s Eats & Treats is a grown-up popcorn ball that has cashews and honey as some of the ingredients.  Sticky sweet, it will have you reaching for more.

    2.  Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn

    SPICEY BACON

      Spicy and with bacon!  That is enough said from A Cozy Kitchen. This popcorn recipe will make many weak in the knees.

      3.  Funfetti Popcorn

      Funfetti Popcorn

        Got kids or just a kid at heart? Stir up some fun with this rainbow sprinkle popcorn covered in cake batter mix and melted white chocolate. Fun and easy to make and to eat!

        4.  Turtle Popcorn

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          Get me started with anything that has real butter, brown sugar, and pecans! This will turn your favorite candy into your favorite popcorn.

          5.  Wasabi Popcorn

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            I can’t do everything sticky sweet, so turn up the heat with wasabi and cayenne pepper powdered popcorn! The sweet comes from the brown sugar.

            6.  Truffle Bacon Popcorn

            bacon popcorn

              Did someone say bacon? I don’t know if the truffle salt is worth the expense, but I do know a little substitution would probably not be missed in lieu of more bacon and dashed with parmesan cheese.

              7.  Curried Popcorn

              curried popcorn

                Want something with curry in a hurry? You can pop the popcorn and stir in the ingredients after. This will give you a different texture you might enjoy. But try it their way too, because the olive oil and the curry in the pan with the sugar while popping does something special with the flavor.

                8.  PB & J Popcorn

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                PB&J Popcorn

                  Something for the kids again and so pretty for presentation. It might be fun to do this with different jellies. The white chocolate is a great way to get any flavor to stick. You may have to play with the amount of jelly to get the color and flavor balance you want.

                  9.  Tequila Popcorn

                  Tequila Popcorn

                    Only a dash of tequila, cayenne, and cumin with some lime juice, so don’t think this is going to soggy or so risque. It is, however, fun and the flavor and smell could be very enjoyable and complimentary to a themed party. Got to try it.

                    10.  Taco Popcorn

                    Taco Popcorn

                      This is supposed to taste like Doritos! So I would try it out just the see, but I was missing the idea of real cheese melting all over the place. So I might just improvise and sprinkle on some cheddar. Get real cheesy!

                      11.  Coconut Curry Popcorn

                      Coconut Curry Popcorn

                        With curry, coconut oil, and cumin, you can get a little adventurous without breaking your budget or your kitchen. I think I’d pair this with a great movie from India. Have a themed movie night.

                        12.  Key Lime Pie Popcorn

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                        Key Lime Pie Popcorn

                          Miniature melted marshmallows and melted white chocolate make it an easy win. Key Lime frosting and more melted dark chocolate with graham cracker chunks make this a win-win.

                          13.  Salted Caramel Almond Pretzel Popcorn

                          Salted Caramel Almond Pretzel Popcorn

                            Salted caramel has got to be the great marketing catch phrase of the confection market. With the almonds and the pretzels to complete the dish, the only think I am wanted is maybe some dark chocolate drizzled on.

                            14.  Cookies and Cream

                            cookies and cream

                              There are only three ingredients: popcorn, Oreos, and white chocolate. Go for it!

                              15.  Reese’s Peanut Butter Popcorn

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                                I’m not sure if they needed more than three ingredients with this one. The popcorn, mini peanut butter cups, and with melted chocolate chips was enough to get me going. But their way is great, too.

                                16.  Parmesan Basil Popcorn

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                                parmesean basil popcorn

                                  Healthy and easy, this tasty treat you can whip up super quick with less mess. Just some coconut oil and some freshly grated parmesan and a little bit of basil.

                                  17.  Almond Joy Popcorn

                                  almond joy popcorn

                                    For this, you are not just tossing your favorite candy bar into a hot bowl of popcorn. The ingredients are parsed out and you mix it all together in perfect harmony to get this yummy dish.

                                    18.  White Chocolate Thin Mint Popcorn

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                                      In less than 10 minutes with just a handful of chopped up thin mint cookies, you will have a wonderful snack.

                                      19.  Cinnamon Bun Popcorn

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                                        If this could have a caramel crust on the outside that you crunch through bite after bite, you would have some serious noshing.

                                        20.  Nutella Popcorn

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                                          How many people in the world love that particular brand of hazelnut chocolate spread? And how wonderful and idea than to spread it all over some popcorn. Take a little extra time and a few extra ingredients, and you will have a splendid treat many of your friends would love to eat.

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                                          Last Updated on March 25, 2020

                                          How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                          How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                          When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                                          So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                                          1. Exercise

                                          It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                                          2. Drink in Moderation

                                          I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                                          3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                                          Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                                          4. Watch Less Television

                                          A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                                          Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                                          5. Eat Less Red Meat

                                          Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                                          If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                                          6. Don’t Smoke

                                          This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                                          7. Socialize

                                          Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                                          8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                                          Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                                          9. Be Optimistic

                                          Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                                          10. Own a Pet

                                          Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                                          11. Drink Coffee

                                          Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                                          12. Eat Less

                                          Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                                          13. Meditate

                                          Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                                          Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                                          14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                                          Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                                          15. Laugh Often

                                          Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                                          16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                                          Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                                          17. Cook Your Own Food

                                          When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                                          Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                                          18. Eat Mushrooms

                                          Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                                          19. Floss

                                          Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                                          20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                                          Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                                          Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                                          21. Have Sex

                                          Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                                          Reference

                                          [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                                          [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                                          [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                                          [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                                          [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                                          [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                                          [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                                          [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                                          [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                                          [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                                          [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                                          [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                          [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                          [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                                          [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                                          [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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