Healthy Snack Foods for Your Thanksgiving Visitors

Great gadget: A popcorn popper

Great gadget: A popcorn popper

Popcorn is a favorite snack food and can be relatively healthy. Popcorn is in the 10% percent category of non-GMO corn. Buy it organic and if you can find it, buy multicolored popcorn as it contains more anti-oxidants. Do not buy microwave popcorn because it is one of the last foods on the market that still contains trans fats. Besides, old fashioned corn popped in oil is still the best tasting. Use refined coconut oil or organic canola oil as these two oils can withstand the high heat necessary to pop the corn.

Popcorn poppers are pretty easy to find. If you are trying to cut down on calories, there is an air popper that will pop corn without the oil. However, popcorn is tasteless without some dressing, so after many years of using an air-popped popcorn popper, I’ve switched to the oil popper. After the popcorn is popped, add some coconut butter or mana,  a little salt, and nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor. Store in an air tight container, or make it on demand because it only takes a few minutes.

Thanksgiving is a time for visiting families and friends. It is a good idea to have a few treats on hand or food ready-made in the freezer that can be quickly warmed and served. Hospitality is a gift from God. Some folks are so at ease with entertaining that their house is filled with a welcoming atmosphere. It is not that they have perfect houses and awe-inspiring foods but a warmth that extends from the heart into the house. God loves community and He is always present when two or more are gathered in His name.

Asking God to come into your home and bless it is a Catholic tradition. I remember when the priest came to our new home to bless it when I was a child. It gave me a feeling of warmth and safety. Although I am no longer a practicing Catholic, the tradition has stayed in my heart. If you are expecting guests this coming Thanksgiving, or just out-of-town family, light a few candles around your house this holiday season, and pray to Him in each room, asking Him into your home, your life, and your heart.

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

Hebrews 13:2

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