How to Pop Your Own Popcorn

January 19, 2014 | By | Comments (4)

Photo: Lee Harrelson

The Oscar nominees were announced this morning, which means it’s about time I saddle up to my sofa and catch up on this year’s best flicks. I see a lot of popcorn in my future. If you’re a fan of microwave popcorn, buy your bags with these 5 tips for healthier popcorn in mind. If you like to DIY your pop sometimes, we’ve got two great ideas for you.

In a brown paper bag: 1 tablespoon of kernels yields 2 to 3 cups of popcorn, with just 31 calories each. Cook times vary for microwaves; start with 2 minutes or experiment til you find the right amount of time. Sprinkle on 1 tablespoon of salty Parmesan cheese for just 22 calories, 1 g fat, and 76 mg sodium.

In a Dutch oven: Heat kernels (1/4 cup of kernels makes about 8 cups) with a tablespoon or two of toasted sesame oil (a heart-healthy fat) in a Dutch oven over medium heat until they pop; sprinkle lightly with kosher salt for a savory treat. Or if you crave something sweet, pop the corn in peanut oil, and sprinkle on cinnamon sugar. Bonus: Popcorn is a whole grain!

Add some delicious lower-calorie flavor to your kernels with one of these popcorn toppings.


  1. Marion Wise

    I usually make popcorn using my hot air popcorn popper, it’s easy to use, easy to clean, This machine produce tasty healthy popcorn, because it’s utilizes hot air to pop kernels, and you get healthy snack with low calorie content, you can add some homemade toppings to make you popcorn more tasty.

    July 19, 2016 at 6:51 pm
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