Popcorn as a Healthy Snack

Kim Conte


Popcorn is a fun, healthy snack that the whole family can enjoy. But sometimes the packaged microwave varieties—especially those with added oil, butter, and salt—aren't as nutritious as you might expect.

How do you make sure that popcorn is a healthy snack for you and your kids?

Make your own perfectly popped corn without butter, oil, or salt in a microwave popcorn popper. Here are a few affordable poppers on the market right now:

The Back to Basics Microwave Popcorn Popper doubles as a serving bowl.

Make light and fluffy popcorn with the Nordic 3-Qt. Microwave Popcorn Popper for less than 10 bucks.

And instead of salt, here are a few ideas of healthful seasonings to (judiciously) sprinkle over your microwave popcorn:

  • Cinnamon and sugar
  • Taco seasoning
  • Italian herbs and Parmesan cheese
  • Dried onion and dill
  • Chili powder, cumin, garlic, and cayenne pepper

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