Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks. Done right, it is the perfect addition to a healthy diet. Done wrong, it can destroy (at least) a day’s worth of healthy eating in just one sitting.
I’m all for having a small bag of movie theater popcorn as a treat. But for everyday snacking, I prefer microwave popcorn. Now, I’m not talking about the prepackaged kind that costs a fortune and contains a bunch of unnecessary ingredients. I prefer making my own using a brown paper bag, fresh popcorn, a few sprays of cooking spray and a sprinkle of salt.
It is simple, inexpensive and healthy. On top of that, there is no cleanup at all!
You can use the basic recipe, or you can personalize it to your taste. Here are just a few ideas:
- Do you prefer cheesy popcorn? Add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese when you take it out of the microwave.
- Like a little spice? Try adding some hot sauce.
- Are you the sweet and salty type? Add 2 tsps of white sugar before cooking, and you have a healthier version of kettle corn.
The possibilities are endless.
- 1 brown paper bag
- ⅓ to ½ cup unpopped popcorn
- Cooking spray
- Salt, to taste
- Pour unpopped popcorn into the paper bag
- Holding the cooking spray upside down inside the bag (so the nozzle is pointing towards the bottom of the bag), spray enough cooking spray to lightly cover the kernels
- Sprinkle salt over the popcorn
- Fold over the top of the bag 1-2 times, and then shake lightly to coat
- Place the bag standing up in the microwave, and cook on high for 2-3 minutes