Popcorn often gets a bad rap mainly because of the way that it is eaten. When served in movie theaters it is often slathered in butter-flavored oils, which are usually incredibly high in saturated fat, and they also get a lot of salt poured on them, usually ending up with more sodium that anybody needs in one day.
Popcorn by itself, on the other hand, is actually one of the healthiest snacks available. It contains next to no amount of any type of fat, saturated, trans or otherwise. It also contains no sugar and almost no sodium.
Aside from not containing any really bad ingredients, it is a good source of dietary fiber, which can provide a variety of health benefits including having lower cholesterol levels, controlled blood sugar levels, it aids in weight loss and also helps improve the health of the digestive system.
Popcorn isn’t really bad for you, but the way that people flavor them is. This is why I will be providing you with three different healthy and delicious popcorn toppings that will allow you to enjoy this classic snack food without the guilt that normally comes along with it!
Healthy Popcorn Recipes
This popcorn topping is made using spirulina and various other herbs and spices of your choice to create a healthy and tasty topping.
Spirulina, otherwise known as blue-green algae, has many health benefits that you may not have known about. It is a great source of dietary protein, B-vitamins and iron, which is pretty impressive considering that it is a plant.
It has also been used to treat a variety of health problems including diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol levels, fatigue, anxiety, depression and more.
Ingredients: One tablespoon of spirulina powder, one tablespoon of sea salt, one teaspoon of garlic powder and one eighth of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
Although melting cheese over your popcorn isn’t necessarily a new or healthy idea, this topping is made using nutritional yeast instead. It contains a rich, nutty flavor and can be easily sprinkled over popcorn.
Nutritional yeast stays true to it’s name, as it is a great source of protein, B-vitamins, fiber and probiotics.
Ingredients: One quarter of a cup of nutritional yeast, two teaspoons of salt, one teaspoon of garlic powder, one teaspoon of onion powder, half a teaspoon of paprika and half a teaspoon of cumin.
Although caramel popcorn doesn’t sound healthy, everybody needs a little bit of sweetness once in a while and this is likely one of the healthiest ways to get it.
Instead of regular sugar, this recipe uses coconut sugar. Cinnamon is also added to this recipe as it helps to reduce insulin resistance and lower blood sugar levels, and also adds a nice flavor to this predominately sweet recipe. Mix together then place it on saucepan on low temperature and let it simmer until it forms a thick syrup. Add the salt only after taking off the saucepan. Drizzle over your popcorn.
Ingredients: A quarter cup of coconut sugar, a quarter cup of agave, two teaspoons of cinnamon, a quarter of a teaspoon of sea salt.