September 6, 2016


Depending on preparation and portion size, popcorn can either be a healthy snack or a source of added sugar, fat, calories and sodium.

Popcorn is a great source of whole grains and fiber. And at 40 calories per cup and a serving size of 3 cups, popcorn is definitely a good snack choice.

Try making your own popcorn by:

  • Placing ¼ cup of popcorn kernels in a brown paper lunch bag. Add a teaspoon of vegetable oil, coconut oil or butter. Fold the top twice and place bag in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.


  • Add a teaspoon of vegetable oil, coconut oil or butter to a pot on the stove top and wait for it to heat up. Add in ¼ cup of popcorn kernels and cover. Shake continuously until the popping stops.

Once popped, try adding some flavor by using your favorite seasonings. You can try:

• Nutritional or Brewer’s yeast
• Garlic Powder
• Cayenne Pepper
• Black Pepper
• Cinnamon and brown sugar
• Parmesan cheese
• Kirkland’s Organic no-salt seasoning
• Any of Mrs. Dash’s seasonings

Or any other seasoning that you can think of. Make it your own!

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