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Everyone loves to eat fresh popcorn during the holidays. Now is the time to get your popcorn. Here is a guide to make sure your popcorn is fresh.

1. We make popcorn every day. During the Christmas season, none of our popcorn is more than a few days old. We don't have a warehouse to store our popcorn. We are not a popcorn factory. We make as much as we can to keep up with demand.

2. Plastic bags are sealed and stocked daily. You can expect them to stay fresh for 2-3 weeks.

3. Popcorn tins stay fresh the longest, up to 3 months unopened. Once opened, popcorn will stay fresh if you close it between snacking.

Of course, gifts like Whirley-Pop poppers, gourmet seed, seasonings and oil, shirts and soda will stay fresh in plenty of time for gift giving. Beat the long lines by shopping during the week. 
Posted in: Holidays
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Five M’s for Healthier Holiday Feasting

Let’s get this straight – major holiday eating events can create a slippery slope of high fat, super rich, artery clogging foods that while they taste great would be much, much better for you in moderation.  Here’s how to eat healthy this holiday season, compliments of your friends here at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn. 

Change your Mindset. The holidays are about family and friends not food, drinks and snacks. What activities could you replace that would improve the quality of your people interactions and downplay your food interactions?

Modify recipes. There are so many great resources for transforming and slimming down your classic holiday recipes into new healthy favorites. Try Cooking Light magazine for transforming holiday recipes for Medicinenet.com for healthy eating ideas.

Manage portions.  Holiday Cooks should try preparing just enough for the number of guests, forego the cooking for lots of leftovers mentality. Try editing the menu – no one will complain if there are two or three side dishes missing from the table. When it comes to filling your own plate dial back the portion sizes and savor every bite. Seconds?  Fuhgedaboudit!

Make your holiday meal one of three. Consider your normal daily calorie intake and divide it among the three meals, adjust the calories downward for the non-holiday meals but DO NOT skip the meals or starve yourself for the big holiday event.

Move it! After a wonderful meal with family and friends, plan on getting some light exercise together; take a nice walk instead of a retreating to the sofa for a turkey-induced nap; or have some fun, play a game with the kids – it will be good for you and the kids. 

So remember the five M’s: Mindset; Modify; Manage; Make; and Move, for a better, healthier holiday season.

Happy Holidays! 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

 

Image courtesy Ken's Oven

Posted in: Holidays
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This will be the 28th year that the City of Lansing kicks off the holiday season with the annual winter/holiday celebration, Silver Bells in the City.  It is safe to say that this event just keeps getting better and better and bigger and bigger.  Much of the focus is on the fireworks display over the State Capitol building and the official lighting of Michigan’s holiday tree – but you should know the list of activities encompasses dozens of locations all over downtown.  

This year Silver Bells in the City is scheduled for November 16th in downtown Lansing – most festivities begin at 5pm.  A little later in the evening, at 7:45 teen star Coco Jones will be performing Live in Concert on the Capitol steps.   The Coco Jones concert is sponsored by Radio Disney. You can learn more about Coco Jones by going to her website, www.therealcocojones.com 

Other festivities include a Silver Bells Fun Run and a Saturday morning, day after Silver Bells Breakfast with Santa.  To learn more about all of the Silver Bells activities, visit the official website for a map and legend with details of special things you simply won’t want to miss. 

With all the excitement, fireworks, and electric light parade for us at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn there is still one image that says it all for us…picture crowds of people all oohing and ahhhing at the dramatic fireworks display. Dotted among the crowds you will see little children in snowsuits perched on the strong shoulders of dad, grandpa, big brother or uncle.  Now that is a heartwarming sight to behold.  Silver Bells in the City is FREE to the public and gets our vote for most family-friendly event all year!  See you downtown. 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.



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