Start Popping that Popcorn

When people think of popcorn they see big movie theater tubs, filled with melted butter and salt.  Yes, that may be delicious, but not so good for your health! Popcorn is very low in calories, heart smart and something that I didn’t know, filled with healthy nutrients.  I just read an article that said popcorn is low in calories, heart-smart, and surprisingly chock-full of healthy nutrients. Adding to popcorn’s wholesome reputation, researchers at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania reported in 2012 that popcorn has more antioxidant substances called polyphenols than fruits and vegetables.

So, how do you make it healthy?  Here are a few ideas I found!

Sweet Popcorn Toppings

Chocolate: 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips (make sure the popcorn is hot). If you don’t want chocolate try other chip flavors: peanut butter, butterscotch, white chocolate….

Mexican Chocolate: Sprinkle a few shakes of cinnamon, cayenne and a teaspoon  unsweetened cocoa powder

Cinnamon-Sugar: 1 teaspoon coconut oil, 1 teaspoon sugar of choice and cinnamon.  Some additional combos include: sugar and chai spices, sugar and pumpkin pie spice, powdered ginger and sugar…

Maple: 1 teaspoon maple syrup

Savory Popcorn Toppings

Start with a little coconut oil (or any oil of your choice) and add the seasonings.

Italian seasonings (oregano, fennel, red pepper flakes, marjoram, and basil)

Curry powder

Garlic powder

Rosemary, thyme, and sage

Herbes de Provence

Smoked paprika

Five spice powder

Salty Popcorn Toppings

Cheesy: 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese. If you don’t eat cheese try nutritional yeast.  Add a little Bragg’s liquid aminos, too.

Ranch: 1 teaspoon ranch dressing mix

Spicy Popcorn Toppings

Buffalo: Hot sauce with a little nutritional yeast. This will make it a bit soggy and messy, but it’s so good. Sprinkle on nutritional yeast (30 cals per tablespoon) for more flavor.

Chili-Spiced: Chili powder, chipotle powder or even taco seasoning

Wasabi: Wasabi powder with 1/4 teaspoon Bragg’s or low-sodium soy sauce

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