It’s hard to find healthy snacks that are nutritional these days; even those claiming to be healthy are secretly packed full of sugar and salt. Then we think, I’ll make it myself but the online recipes require too much and aren’t even a snack. Here is the first of our healthy snacks series from Neil Bowman Training’s Healthy Snacks – Homemade Popcorn.
A staple in many late night snacker’s pantry. Be careful when purchasing popcorn as pre-popped popcorn and microwave popcorn often have additional ingredients. Salt, oil and chemical other flavourings that taste like butter are often mixed into them. In terms of healthiest cooking methods it would be Air-popped > Stove-popped > Microwave-Popped being the least healthy. Air-popped is the highest rated as it requires no oil. Stove-popped requires a small amount of oil, and microwave-popped usually comes with a whole list of additional ingredients. Be sure to skip the butter and salt, and try out some of these seasonings instead.
Homemade Popcorn – Flavours
- Cinnamon – The addition of ground cinnamon gives a warm woody flavour. The sweetness from ground cinnamon is light and more associated with a snack than a dessert like other sweet popcorns.
- Cocoa Powder – Cocoa powder adds strong chocolate taste while also being healthy – cocoa is rich in antioxidants.
- Chili Powder/Ground Cayenne Pepper – Adds a little spice for those who want a little something extra to their popcorn that isn’t sweet or salty.
- Chili and Cocoa Powder – For those who want the rich taste of chocolate but want to add a little spice.
- Minced Lemon or Lime Zest – This is another of those oddities that just work, the zest/minced citrus adds a little pop to your popcorn that’s truly indescribable.
- Garlic Powder – A great means to infuse umami into your popcorn with little to no effort.
- Black Peppercorn – Unless truly brave of heart, I would recommend you use ground black peppercorn. This adds a little spice to the popcorn but not as much as the other options.
- Curry Powder – This brought me thoroughly outside my comfort zone but this is a truly unique experience that adds a new level to your popcorn.
- Blended Dried Seaweed – Popular in the far East, blended dried seaweed gives a rich salty and umami flavour to your popcorn.
- Nutritional Yeast – Apparently also called “Nooch” popcorn adds this cheesy, buttery, nutty, magical flavour that is just downright irresistible with popcorn. All this and it’s naturally gluten-free and vegan.
- Parmesan Cheese and Italian Seasoning (just be aware 1 tablespoon has 26 calories, 2g fat) – The non-vegan version of “Nooch” popcorn, there’s little that can go wrong with this combination and even less to explain why it works.
- Use 1 Cup of popcorn kernels and a drop of oil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of seasoning to the popcorn and mix thoroughly.