I’m trying to curb my nighttime snacking and chocolate cravings so I need some quick and healthy snack ideas. Popcorn is actually surprisingly good for you. According to www.SparkPeople.com 3 cups of air-popped popcorn is a whole-grain snack with only 92 calories, plus 19 g carbs, 3 g protein, and 4 g fiber! They have a great article which lists 23 different ways to jazz up plain microwave popcorn and they fall under these categories: sweet, savory, salty or spicy.
This looks like it’s worth a try:
Cinnamon-Sugar: 1 teaspoon unsalted butter (34 cals) or coconut oil (39 cals), 1 teaspoon sugar (16 cals; choose brown sugar for more flavor), cinnamon to taste (3 cals). Sprinkle the sugar on the buttered popcorn, then shake on the cinnamon. Other good combos: sugar and chai spices, sugar and pumpkin pie spice, powdered ginger and sugar, vanilla or lavender sugar.
Here’s the link to the complete article: 23 way to top your popcorn for under 150 calories.
The cheapest and easiest way to pop it is by pouring it a brown paper bag and heating it in the microwave. The recipe below calls for oil but I’ve done it without and it works just fine. I like sprinkling in some Truvia stevia based sweetener and cinnamon for a slightly sweet treat.
Paper Bag Microwave Popcorn
1/2 cup corn kernels
1 tsp vegetable oil (or you can spritz with cooking spray)
1/2 tsp salt
In a cup or small bowl, mix together the unpopped popcorn and oil. Pour the coated corn into a brown paper lunch sack, and sprinkle in the salt. Fold the top of the bag over twice to seal in the ingredients.
Cook in the microwave at full power for 2 to 3 minutes, or until you hear pauses of about 2 seconds between pops. Carefully open the bag to avoid steam, and pour into a serving bowl.