My Favorite Way to Eat Popcorn


I wasn’t ever really a huge popcorn eater.

Though, we did eat the air popped stuff as kids. I loved throwing fluffy popped kernels to our dog, Jerry, as he tried to catch him in his mouth. {He definitely was a popcorn eater, just as our dogs are now!}

As I got older, I found that going to the movies and ordering a big tub of popcorn made me very thirsty…  which made me drink a ton of pop {or soda, depending from where you are reading this}… which made me have to pee in the middle of the movie… which always ended up in the middle of a significant part. So I decided: This is sooooo not worth it!

Now that I know that movie theater popcorn can be equivalent to a day’s worth of calories {or even two}, I am even less likely to get it.

But recently, I did find a way to really enjoy popcorn at home. My husband sometimes picks up those 100 calorie microwave popcorn bags, which are great, but can include unnecessary additives. So I was delighted this winter when I got popcorn in my CSA box:

The first time it showed up in the box, it was still on the cob and we had to shuck it. I don’t think that’s even the right term. Shucking is removing the leaves and silk, isn’t it? Well, we had to de-cob it, then. It was kind of fun. My husband is now my professional decobber. Ha ha.

We don’t have a popcorn popper, but my friend Ceci taught me that you can put popcorn kernels into a plain paper lunch bag, seal and microwave. Snack Girl clearly describes how to do this here. It’s great because there is no need to have any special equipment nor use any oil!

1/4 cup popcorn kernels...

... into my popcorn popper!

Popcorn is a healthy snack because in three full cups there are just 93 calories, 3.6 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein. It’s the toppings that can put us over the edge if we aren’t careful.

Here is my current favorite combination of toppings:

  • Wildtree European Dipping Oil – either the Tuscan or the Garlic
    • This is combination of expeller pressed grapeseed oil {which is actually better for you than olive oil!}, garlic and other herbs.
    • I know. It’s oil, so it adds calories. But I only drizzle a half Tbsp for a two to three cup bowl of popcorn. That’s approximately 60 calories.
  • Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
    • This is the real deal. Forget the parmesan in the green can.
    • I want quality over quantity.
    • Take that quality a notch higher and get the fresh wedge and grate it when you use it. I just like having a big ol’ container from Costco like the one above so I can sprinkle it quickly on anything.
    • Only 20 calories per Tbsp!
  • Rosemary Herb Seasoning Mix from Pampered Chef – season to taste
    • This is one of my absolute favorite seasonings, but you could use any seasoning you like.

My popcorn concoction: 173 calories

You can throw in an extra Tbsp of the Parm if you love it. and you’re still under 200 calories!

Ready for a movie? If so, pop one in, curl up and give this one a try.

Note: This is not Rob’s favorite way to eat popcorn, so we make ours separately. He’ll add some butta or some cheddar seasoning to his. No matter what, we are sure to Season It Already! The possibilities are endless…

What is your favorite way to eat popcorn?


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