Get Your Popcorn! 3 Favorite Ways to Flavor Popcorn

March 29, 2016

 

I am a popcorn fanatic. It was my absolute favorite snack when I was growing up. I could put away a whole bag to myself, no problem.

It was not too long after I started learning more about nutrition that I put my microwave popcorn habit on a hiatus to avoid the extra calories from artifical butter and flavorings.

 

But I was missing that crunch so I started popping my own at home. Compared to the store-bought varieties, homemade popcorn from kernels has a much healthier profile: low calorie and no trans fat. Not to mention, it's also cheap and easy to make.

 

In just 5 minutes there's is enough popcorn to make 1- cup portions. If you have never made popcorn on the stove before, watch Alton Brown's  video on how to make Perfect Popcorn. There are also microwave-safe products for sale that are tailored just for making popcorn.

 

Start with plain kernels and add your favorite seasonings. Here are 3 of my favorite falvor pairings:

 

For Something Sweet: Cinnamon and 100% Dark Baking Cocoa are my go to pantry items when I want a sweeter popcorn. Just 1 teaspoon of each to coat about 3-4 cups of popped popcorn (which is what you end up with from about 3 tbsp. of upopped kernels).

 

For a Traditional Taste: Just a little bit of salt goes a long way. Use olive oil instead of butter to add more monounsaturated fat into your diet and a touch of dried oregano or basil to give it some Mediterranean appeal.

 

 

Fireball: Sprinkle on equal parts cinnamon and cayanne (red) pepper for a spicy sweet popcorn flavor. (This is awesome on sweet potatoes too!).

 

 

 

Other Spice Combos: garlic/onion, cumin/chili/turmeric, and red pepper flakes/parmesan cheese.

 

So many flavors! 

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