6 ‘Skinny’ Popcorn Recipes

6 ‘Skinny’ Popcorn Recipes

Do you know that a large caramel popcorn bag at the movies can rack up to 1,800 Calories? That’s almost your entire calorie allowance in a day! And most of the time, we tend to have it with a large soft drink. And we’ll just snack and sip away throughout the film. That’s a killer to your waistline and all the effort you put into your workouts.

But here’s a good news, homemade popcorn can be a great low calorie snack option. One cup of plain air-popped popcorn only has about 31Cals and you can choose to flavor it, how you like it!

Popcorn is a whole grain, which means it’s a good source of dietary fiber. It is also gluten free, sugar free and fat free. It’s definitely a healthier option in comparison to chips, pretzels or nachos, which tends to be higher in sodium and fat.

To make popcorn:
• ½ cup popcorn kernels – 420Cals
• 2 tbsps. oil of choice (I used coconut oil) – 234Cals

Makes 12 cups = 654Cals
Per Cup = 54.5Cals

It’s really simple to make stovetop popcorn but follow these steps carefully. Trust me, you’ll get really excited making it.

Steps:

1. Add 2 tbsps. of oil into a large and deep pot. I used coconut oil. Turn the heat up to high and add 2 – 3 kernels of popcorn.

2. Cover the pot and wait for those kernels to pop. Once they popped, the oil is hot enough. Add in ½ cup of unpopped kernels.

3. Cover and give it a swirl to coat the kernels evenly in hot oil. You’ll start to hear the popcorn popping. Slowly at first…. Then crazy fast!! It’s really exciting!!

4. Give the pot a good shake every now and then to avoid the popcorn from burning.

5. Once the popping has slowed down to nearly a stop, turn off the heat, wait for a few extra seconds for the last few pops, remove the lid and allow the popcorn to cool down. This makes about 12 cups of popcorn.

Here’s the fun part. We’re going to flavour our popcorn 6 ways. Each recipe makes 8 cups of popcorn.

1) Salted Chocolate Popcorn
Ingredients
1. 8 cups Popped Popcorn – 436Cals
2. 50g Melted Dark Chocolate – 258Cals
3. Pinch of Salt to Taste

Per Cup – 87Cals

Add a pinch of salt and drizzle with 50g of melted dark chocolate. Mix until well coated. Each cup only has about 87Calories.

2) Peanut Butter Popcorn
Ingredients
1. 8 cups Popped Popcorn – 436Cals
2. 2 tbsps. Maple Syrup / Honey – 104Cals
3. ¼ cup Smooth Peanut Butter – 376Cals
4. Pinch of Salt to taste

Per Cup – 115Cals

Add a pinch of salt, 2 tbsps. maple syrup and ¼ cup of peanut butter. Again, mix until well coated. Each cup has about 115Calories.

For an Asian twist, try the sesame seaweed popcorn

3) Sesame Seaweed Popcorn
Ingredients
1. 8 cups Popped Popcorn – 436Cals
2. 2 sheets of Nori Seaweed, well crumbled – 20Cals
3. 2 tbsps. Roasted Sesame Seeds – 104Cals
4. 1 tbsp. Toasted Sesame Oil – 120Cals

Per Cups – 85Cals.

Add 1 tbsp. sesame oil, 2 tbsps. sesame seeds and 2 sheet of crumbled nori seaweed. Mix it up! Each cup has about 85Calories

4) Matcha Popcorn
Ingredients
1. 8 cups Popped Popcorn – 436Cals
2. 1 tbsp. Matcha Powder – 4Cals
3. 1 tbsp. Coconut Oil – 117Cals
4. Pinch of Salt to Taste

Per Cup – 70Cals

Add 1 tbsp of coconut oil and 1 tbsp of Matcha Powder, plus a pinch of salt. Each cup has about 70Calories and you’ll be gaining all the benefits from Matcha.

If you like your spices, make this next recipe:

5) Coconut Curry Popcorn
Ingredients
1. 8 cups Popped Popcorn – 436Cals
2. ¼ cup Desiccated Coconut – 110Cals
3. 1 tbsp. Curry Powder – 21Cals
4. A pinch of salt

Per Cup – 71Cals

Add 1 tbsp. curry powder, ¼ cup of desiccated coconut and a pinch of salt. Mix it up!
Each cup has about 71Calories.

And finally, my favourite:

6) Granola Popcorn
Ingredients
1. 8 cups Popped Popcorn – 436Cals
2. ½ cup Granola – 259Cals
3. ½ tbsp. Smoked Paprika – 10Cals
4. 1 tbsp. Coconut Oil – 117Cals
5. 2 tbsps. Maple Syrup / Honey – 104Cals

Per Cup – 116Cals

Add ½ cup of Granola, ½ tbsp. smoked paprika, 1 tbsp coconut oil and about 2 tbsps of maple syrup of honey. This makes a great high energy snack too. Each cup has about 116Calories.

Popcorn CAN be a healthy snack option, so make your own. These are just few of my favourite flavours. You can flavor your popcorn how YOU like it. Try these recipes and create your own flavours.

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