Healthy Microwave Popcorn Choices
The top four rated microwave popcorns! We all know -- or should know -- that popcorn is officially a whole-grain snack.
However, with the plethora of brands and varietes available on the market, do you know which are best?
Save yourself time and money and try going with one (or all!) of the following four highly-rated, healthy microwave popcorn choices!
#1: Newman's Own Organics Pop's Corn, Light Butter
Newman's short ingredient list is all organic, with no hydrogenated oils. It is not quite as buttery as the Smart Balance Light Butter, but is great if you are in the mood for something that tastes less intense.
Each serving (3.5 cups popped) has 140 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat and 130 milligrams of sodium. Priced at $2.99 for three, 3-ounce bags; availabe at Whole Foods Markets and other natural grocery stores nationwide.
Jolly Time 100-Calorie Mini Bags, Healthy Pop Butter Flavor
There is a small amount of partially hydrogenated soybean oil in this brand, but the 100-calorie bag is still great for nights alone with a good movie.
Each Serving: The whopping 5-fluffy-cup serving has 100 calories, 2 grams of fat, no saturated fat and 200 milligrams of sodium. Priced at $2.39 for four, 1.2-ounce bags; available at grocery stores nationwide.
Newman's Own Organics Pop's Corn 94-percent Fat Free Unsalted
If you prefer all natural popcorn, or dressing it up with your own flavorings, this is the bare-bones pick for you. Like the Newman's Own, this one has no partially hydrogenated oils and is organic.
Each serving (3.5 cups) has 120 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, and 30mg of sodium. Pop it up, add just a pinch of salt, and you have the perfect snack.
Smart Balance Light Butter
Smart Balance's buttery flavor makes you feel like you're at the movies -- without the grease and guilt. With no hydrogenated oils or trans fats, just 100 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat and 85 milligrams of sodium per serving (4 popped cups), this popcorn gives you a satisfying snack without ruining your diet.
Mix and Match Herbal Popcorn Sprinkles
Reduce or eliminate salt and add herbal flavors to your healthy microwave popcorn choices with your own garden grown dried herbs. Or, a few from the grocery. For easy preparation, make several different sprinkles at one time and store in labeled shaker-top bottles. Each recipe uses dried and finely powdered herbs and makes about one-half cup. A great kids' project-the sprinkles make unique gifts, too!
Mama Mia Sprinkle.
2 tablespoons each of basil, thyme, marjoram, garlic powder.
Serve with a shaker of Parmesan cheese.
Creole Crazy Sprinkle.
2 tablespoons of paprika.
1 tablespoon each of onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, basil.
1 one-half teaspoons each of thyme, lemon pepper, cayenne pepper, salt.
2 tablespoons each of chili powder (mild, medium, or hot), parsley flakes, cumin.
1 tablespoon each of onion powder and garlic powder.
1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
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