Yes, I sneak my own popcorn into the movie theater…shhhh!

Popcorn, how do I love thee….let me count the kernels!

It’s time I let my secret pop out of the bag: I love popcorn, and I eat it often! Surprised? Shocked?!  If you know me personally, you’re probably not.  I know that for some healthy eaters, corn is permanently on the ‘Naughty’ list. I am a huge fan of lists, but not such a huge fan of extreme dietary limitations.  I don’t believe that maintaining your health and your weight should mean that you have to say goodbye to all of your favorite foods forever.  I think you can have your popcorn, and your cake too…but you should consider enjoying them on separate occasions.

For me, maintaining a healthy diet means planning to allow myself to have some moments of controlled indulgence.  Whenever possible, I try to come up a healthier makeover of my favorite recipes.  The goal is to maintain the satisfaction of the original recipe.  The healthier spin means that I can eat more of my favorite foods more often without the guilt complex.  This is how I became a health-conscious popcorn fiend.  Take this recipe for a spin and let me know what you think.


2 pinches of salt (¼ to ½ tsp)

2 TBSP Unsalted Butter

¾ cup popping corn (Tiny But Mighty Brand Recommended)

*See below for a list of my favorite flavored popcorn seasonings


You will also need:

Airpop Popcorn Maker (Here is the Sunbeam model we use)

Small microwave-safe bowl

Large Bowl or other Popcorn Container (we use this Rubbermaid Container)

Friends to enjoy your Popcorn with!



  1. Line up your popcorn maker with your bowl or large container and begin popping the first ¼ cup of popcorn.
  2. As you begin popping the 2nd ¼ cup of popcorn, melt the butter for 15 to 30 seconds in the microwave using your microwave safe bowl and some care. Be careful here, you may be a firework, but you certainly don’t want your butter to share this aspiration.
  3. As the 2nd ¼ cup of popcorn completes its popping, very carefully drizzle the butter over the kernals and use the bowl as a scoop to help distribute the butter evenly throughout the popped goodness.
  4. While popping the 3rd ¼ cup of popcorn, continue to use the bowl to ‘stir’ the popcorn for even butter coverage.
  5. Immediately add salt and stir once again (or in the case of a container with a lid…lid it, and shake it up!


Savor the Flavor!

If you love flavored popcorn, try adding 2 TBSP of one of my favorite seasonings listed below.  The only one of these that I add salt to is the Vinegar Powder.

From the Savory Spice Shop:

White Balsamic Vinegar Powder -My Favorite! (Think Salt and Vinegar Chips)

Smoky Hill Cheese Powder (also great with the addition of Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Seasoning Blend)

Buffalo Bleu Dip-Dressing Mix

Parmesan Pesto Sprinkle

Other Options:

The Spice Hunter: Mild Sriracha

Great Value Organic Mango Habanero Seasoning (Made for Wal-Mart)

Popcorn is best when shared with friends!