5 Tips for Healthier Microwave Popcorn

January 16, 2014 | By | Comments (4)
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Photo: Randy Mayor

Pop and eat? Alas, healthy snacker, it’s not quite that simple.

1. GO LIGHT ON FAT
Choose the 94% fat-free variety. It has about half the fat of the “light” variety—about 2g per 6 cups, a reasonable serving.

2. A BAG ISN’T A SERVING
The common 3-ounce bag pops into 11 to 15 cups. Share, and eat half: about 175 calories.

3. ALONE? GO MINI
Mini-bags pop into about 6 cups, double the USDA serving, but that’s OK. A bag of 94% fat-free has just 100 calories.

4. WATCH THE SODIUM
Check labels: It can vary from 30mg per cup to 100mg per cup. Opt for bags with 40mg or less.

5. …OR HAUL OUT THE AIR POPPER
It adds no salt or fat. One tablespoon of kernels yields 2 to 3 cups, with just 30 calories per cup.

Want to avoid the bag and pop your own kernels? Read our DIY Popcorn Guide.

COMMENTS

  1. Tiffany Frederick

    I love homemade popcorn. My mother was ahead of her time when I was a child. She put food coloring in the butter, making our popcorn different colors. Somehow it just tasted better.

    January 24, 2014 at 1:26 am
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  4. tesstrue

    I hate all the chemicals that come with the microwave bags, especially when my 2 year old and 5 year old LOVE to eat popcorn. I suggest you try this: http://www.amazon.com/Nordic-Ware-Microwaver-Popcorn-Popper/dp/B00004W4UP/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389972813&sr=8-1&keywords=microwave+popcorn+popper
    It is fabulous! And you can add your own flavorings, manage fat, and control serving sizes!

    January 17, 2014 at 9:35 am

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