Pop, Don’t Stop: Healthy Ways To Enjoy Popcorn

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There are tons of ways to enjoy popcorn. Depending on how you make it, popcorn is sugar free, almost fat free, low in calories, and yes even gluten-free!

Popcorn is one of the healthier snacks around as long as you don’t overdo the salt and butter. That may be the best part for some people, but there are other ways to make popcorn taste good and still be good for you. That’s a promise. So the next time you’re watching a movie, playing a board game, or just want to snack on some popcorn with personality, try one of these recipes:

Sweet: Vanilla Almond Popcorn

What you will need:
½ cup of organic popcorn kernels
2 tbs. of coconut oil
2 Medjool Dates
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbs. almonds
1 tbs. Water

How to prepare:
1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees
2) Pop the popcorn. An air popper was used in this recipe, but you can use your popping method of choice.
3) In a food processor, add the coconut oil, dates, vanilla, almonds, and water. Process until smooth, scraping the sides as necessary.
4) In a large bowl, combine popcorn with the sauce. Move to a large roasting pan and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes. The popcorn is ready to eat when the pieces are no longer soggy.
5) Cool on rack and store in air tight container.
Yield: Makes 13 cups
This recipe is courtesy of Annemarie Rossi, author or of Conquering Your Kitchen and creator of Real Foods, Real Deals.

 

Savory: Lemon Pepper Popcorn

What you will need:
3 cups of organic air popped popcorn
2 tsps. Extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp. lemon pepper
1 tbs. freshly grate parmesan cheese
Optional pinch of salt

How to Prepare:
1) Whisk oil, lemon pepper, and salt into small bowl
2) Drizzle over popcorn and toss to coat
3) Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve immediately
Yield: Makes 2 servings
This recipe is courtesy of EatingWell.

 

Veggie:

What you will need:
¼-1/2 cups of organic popcorn
2 cups of mixed veggie chips
2 cups of dehydrated snap peas
Optional pinch of salt

How to Prepare:
1) Pulse mixed veggie chips and dehydrated snap peas in food processor until powdery
2) Toss mix with 8 cups of hot popcorn
3) Season with pinch of salt
Yield: Makes 8 cups
This recipe is courtesy of The Food Network.

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