Loaded with fiber and heart healthy polyphenols, homemade popcorn can be one of the healthiest snacks around, says research from the University of Scranton — as long as it’s not drowned in butter.
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First, try popping your corn in an air popper or on the stove with a bit of canola or olive oil. Then top with healthy seasonings like rosemary, cinnamon, black pepper, garlic powder, thyme or smoked paprika. All add antioxidant power and punch up the flavor, with only a trace of calories.
½ cup popcorn kernels
- Place kernels in popcorn air popper.
- Cover with lid.
- When popcorn is done popping, remove, top with seasoning, and serve.
For air-popped popcorn:
Total fat 0.34 g
Saturated fat 0.046 g
Protein 0.96 g
Carbohydrate 6.23 g
Dietary fiber 1.2 g
Cholesterol 0 g
Sodium 0 g