Sunday, December 23, 2012

80--- Healthful Microwave Popcorn

Microwave popcorn contains trans fats.  Yes, even the LIGHT versions.  Go ahead- read the label. ALL contain partially hydrogenated oil.  

Studies have shown that these evil fats can actually raise your cholesterol more significantly than saturated fats.  The recommendation is to avoid them.  Completely.

One of my patients told me about this trick for microwave popcorn.  SO easy.  I had to try it for myself.  NO fats needed.  And no air popper needed.  Flavor it as you see fit.  Try my version for pumpkin pie popcorn!

Healthful Microwave Popcorn
Serves .... 1 or 2

1/3 cup popcorn kernels
1 brown paper bag
2 staples (I used my stapleless stapler because I was SCARED, but I have read that others use staples without a problem)

Place kernels in bag and fold top over twice.  Secure with staples.  Place bag in microwave on popcorn setting.



For pumpkin pie popcorn, add 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice and 1 Tbsp white sugar to bag prior to popping.  Shake well once popped, then serve!

Nutrition Info per 1 bag: 93 calories, 1 g fat, 19 g carbohydrates, 3.5 g fiber


  1. I think i've bought one box of microwave popcorn in the 20 years of adult life. My high school grad airpopper has been with me through several moves and has gotten a good workout.

    Cheaper, significantly tastier and way better for you. No contest!

  2. I love your blog and have tried many recipes with great success, but I did want to pass on that my second attempt at this ended with a flaming paper bag and a destroyed microwave :( (The first time went just fine.) If you are going to pop popcorn like this, watch it closely!

  3. Yikes! Thanks for the tip Laura! Enjoy your new microwave ;)