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Healthy Popcorn Recipes



We love to eat popcorn snack especially when having movies. As it is a whole-grain food, popcorn by itself is clearly a healthy snack. healthy popcorn snacksHowever, many people tend to choose flavored popcorn over plain popcorn. Typical flavored popcorn snack that we can get from those food manufacturers are loaded with salt, butter flavoring, and even preservatives. This unhealthy flavoring obviously reduces the number of health benefits associated with eating popcorn. Eating too much of these unhealthy flavored popcorn snack will simply brings health disaster.

Let us have a look on the nutritional value of popcorn snack, and how can we flavor the popcorn snack so that it remains healthy.

Health Benefits of popcorn:

  • Popcorn is a whole grain food, rich in vitamins and minerals.
  • Popcorn has a high content of antioxidants, which helps to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.
  • Popcorn is a great source of fiber, beneficial for you to feel full and satisfied for a longer time.
  • Popcorn is low in calorie, a great snack for dieters.

Tips for healthy popcorn:

  • Put air-popped popcorn in brown paper bags, the same bags for packing fruits and vegetables, so that the brown paper bag can absorb excess oil and salt.
  • Try to use herb powders for additional flavors.
  • You may add chopped nuts, such as walnuts, almonds or pecans for additional nutrients.

Below are some suggestions for healthy popcorn recipes:

  1. Healthy and Easy Caramel Popcorn Recipe
  2. Healthy and Easy Sugarless Sweet Popcorn Recipe
  3. Healthy and Easy Chocolate Popcorn Recipe
  4. Healthy and Easy Cheesy Popcorn Recipe

Popcorn Ball Recipe

Popcorn balls are commonly associated with Halloween and the holiday season, but they can be enjoyed year-round. If you enjoy more on popcorn balls instead of the regular popcorns, why not considering just adding a few more steps to make it? They don't need any additional ingredients either. Look at below popcorn ball recipe on how you can make healthy popcorn balls.


Easy Healthy Recipe #1: Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Air-popped corn - 8 cups
  • Light brown sugar - 1 cup
  • Light corn syrup - 1/2 cup
  • Butter - 1 tablespoons
  • Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Baking soda - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Peanuts - 1 cup

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300.
  2. Place popcorn and peanuts on a baking sheet, set aside.
  3. In a sauce pan, cook brown sugar, syrup, butter, and salt over medium high heat about 5 minutes to boiling. Stir occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda.
  5. Pour the sugar mixture over the popcorn and peanut, mix well.
  6. Bake in 250 oven for 30 minutes. Stir in between to make sure all kernels are coated well.
  7. Remove from oven and let it cool before serve.

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Easy Healthy Recipe #2: Sugarless Sweet Popcorn Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Air-popped corn - 8 cups
  • Honey - 3/4 cup
  • Vanilla extract - 2 tsp
  • Butter - 1 tablespoons
  • Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Baking soda - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Sliced almonds - 1 cup

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300.
  2. On a baking sheet, place popcorn and sprinkle with sliced almonds, set aside.
  3. In a sauce pan, melt butter. Add in honey and salt. Brings to boil.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and baking soda.
  5. Pour the mixture over the popcorn, stir until coated.
  6. Bake in 250 oven for 30 minutes. Stir several times during baking.
  7. Remove from oven and let it cool before serve.

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Easy Healthy Recipe #3: Low-Fat Chocolate Popcorn Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Air-popped corn - 8 cups
  • Light corn syrup - 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon
  • Butter - 1 tablespoon
  • Sugar - 1/2 cup
  • Semi-sweet chocolate pieces - 1 cup

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300.
  2. On a baking sheet, place popcorn and set aside.
  3. In a sauce pan, boil sugar, syrup and butter.
  4. Remove from heat and while hot, stir in chocolate pieces and vanilla extract until chocolate is melted.
  5. Pour the mixture over the popcorn, stirring to coat well.
  6. Bake in 250 oven for 40 minutes. Stir occasionally during baking.
  7. Remove from oven. Spoon popcorn out onto waxed paper to cool.

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Easy Healthy Recipe #4: Cheesy Popcorn Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Air-popped corn - 8 cups
  • Parmesan cheese - 1 cup
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300.
  2. Place popcorn on a baking sheet. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Lightly coat the popcorn with cooking spray and bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven.
  5. While hot, toss popcorn with Parmesan cheese and cayenne pepper to taste.

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Popcorn Ball Recipe - How to make popcorn balls

  1. After removing from oven, let the flavored popcorn cool slightly so that they are still warm, but cool enough to handle.
  2. With greased hands, form into popcorn balls.

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