Thursday, August 16, 2012

8 Healthy Popcorn Recipes

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10 healthy popcorn recipes

I have fond memories cuddling with my siblings and parents growing up and sharing a bowl of popcorn.  It was always a special treat to us.  I think that we did not give the popcorn enough credit because it is such a great wholegrain snack that is packed with fiber when prepared without a lot of oil.  

The best way to make popcorn without oil or butter is to get a Microwave Popcorn Popper by Nordic Ware.  

Put 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels (the higher quality tastes better) 
in your Nordic Ware popper.

Pop in the microwave for approximately 4 minutes. 
 {Listen for the pops to slow.}

Now you are ready to choose a recipe below or eat it as it is!

{I divided the recipes between Sweet/Savory and Spicy}

~Sweet & Savory Recipes~

Marissa's Parmesan and Garlic Popcorn

photo and recipe from serious eats

Garlic is a natural antibiotic and can have a powerful antioxidant effect
4 Tbl Parmesan Cheese finely shreaded
1 Tbl pressed garlic (or 2 Tbl garlic seasoning)
2 Tbl Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Toss with olive oil first and then add additional ingredients, tossing until coated. Eat! 

Dillicious Ranch Popcorn

Dill has many medicinal properties, minerals and certain amino acids. It is known to promote digestion and keep your breath fresh!

2 Tbl powdered buttermilk
1 Tsp ground black pepper
2 Tsp dried dill
1 Tsp ground sea salt
2 Tbl Olive Oil

Toss with Olive Oil and add the rest of the ingrediants, toss again & Eat!

            Yacova's Vegan Cheezy Popcorn
Nutritional Yeast has a cheesy flavor and is a source of protein and vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins, and is a complete protein. 

3Tbl Nutritional Yeast
2Tbl Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Toss with Olive Oil and then toss with the Nutritional Yeast & EAT!

Photo from

OMG Omega Lemon-y Popcorn
It sounds weird, but is really good, plus you are getting Omega 3 in your delicious mix. 

2 Tbl Lemon Fish Oil {we use Carlson's Brand}
Toss popcorn with Fish Oil and Eat!

Mediterranean Popcorn

2 Tbl Olive Oil
2 Tbl Zatar Spice

Coat with Olive Oil and then toss again with Zatar. Eat!

~Spicy & Hot Recipes~

                                                     Smokin' hot popcorn 
photo and recipe from serious eats

2 Tbl hot or mild smoked pimentón de la vera (smoked paprika)
2 Tbl finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 tsp ground sea salt
2 Tbl extra-virgin olive oil

Coat the popcorn with 2Tbl olive oil in a large bowl add the seasoning mix and toss again. Eat!

Red Hot Buffalo Wings Popcorn

photo and recipe from serious eats
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons Frank's Red Hot sauce 

Heat Frank's & butter in a glass bowl on high power at 15 second intervals until completly melted. Toss with popcorn & Eat! 

Betsy's Cumin Cayenne Popcorn
Cumin seeds are rich in iron and Cayenne helps in digestion.                                                Toss with 2 Tbl Butter Add Cumin and Cayenne to taste

Baby Bear with eating lunch with popcorn on the side


  1. I am so trying these!! My husband could live on popcorn, so I bet he would love these!

  2. I Love your blog and cannot wait to try all these recipes....I also wanted to say that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.


  3. Wow!! Thanks Nelly!! We enjoy putting our recipes out there :)


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