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How to Make Popcorn a Healthy Snack

Updated on March 30, 2011

So you're probably wondering, “Can popcorn actually make a healthy snack?" and the answer is, “Yes." Believe it or not despite the fact that popcorn gets a bad rap for being one of the many unhealthy junk foods of the American Diet, when it isn't smothered in butter and coated in a thick layer of salt, popcorn makes a great choice for a nice healthy treat to munch on.

Low in Calories, High In Fiber

So most people probably don't associate popcorn with low calorie snacks, but you would be surprised. Plain popcorn by itself actually has on average but a mere fifteen calories per cup when air popped. Not only is this American classic treat naturally low in calories, but it's also considerably high in fiber too. As we all know most of us could use a little more fiber in our daily diets.

How to Make Healthy Popcorn

There are just a few easy steps on how to make popcorn a healthy snack. The simplest way of making healthy popcorn is just to buy an air popping popcorn machine. Personally, I bought mine at Target for about only $20.

Next, if you haven't got any in your pantry already, then when you're making a stop to the grocery store buy either a bottle or bag or raw popcorn kernels. (Although, the air popping popcorn machine will cost a few extra dollars, all in all you'll save money since buying popcorn kernels is cheaper than purchasing the microwavable varieties of this long loved classic American snack.)

Air popping popcorn machines are fast and easy to use. First, set a medium to large bowl outside the mouth of the popcorn popper (so that the popcorn doesn't spit out everywhere). Depending on the brand air popping popcorn machine that you buy, all you do is measure no more than a half cup of popcorn kernels. Then you pour the kernels into the popcorn machine and wait for popcorn come out.

Once you've turned off the air popper and you're all done popping your crunchy snack. It's recommended that you use very little butter (just enough so that the salt will stick), and a little amount of salt to add some extra flavor to the popcorn, but don’t overdo it because too much butter and salt defeats the purpose of making this delicious and healthy snack.

Once you are all finished, Walla! A nice healthy batch of popcorn. Enjoy!


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    • Miss Lil' Atlanta profile image

      Miss Lil' Atlanta 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      JoanneDoubtfire, thanks for the input, and I don't take any offense, but yes I did mean to put "walla." I understand that "walla" is not a technical word, but it still has meaning behind it, just like when someone says "oh."

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      HattieMattieMae 6 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

      I loves popcorn! :)

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      JoanneDoubtfire 6 years ago from Manchester

      Nice to know, thanks :). I don't mean to be rude by the way, but where you've said "walla" I think you mean "voila". Just a heads up!

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      Miss Lil' Atlanta 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Lol. Yeah, I've got to admit I love having me some thick butter coated popcorn too. As much as I would love to eat buttery popcorn every day, I only end up having the tastier version on occassion. Oh well. :)

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      lisa42 6 years ago from Sacramento

      I know air popped corn is better for me, but, darn, I sure love the kind made in oil with lots of butter. :-)