Air Popped Popcorn – Healthy Low Calorie Snack


Air popped popcorn is one of the best snacks to choose for overall crunch appeal. Its light, healthy and provides a high amount of fiber. You can pickup an air popper for about $10-15 at your local Wal-Mart or Target. Bags of popcorn kernels are very inexpensive and will last you a while. For extra taste, add a few squirts of fat-free butter spray and a pinch of seasoning salt.

Microwave vs. Air Popped Popcorn
Although air popped popcorn is much healthier for you, there are also a few choices if you don’t have access to an air popper and want to go the microwave route. Choose low-fat microwave popcorn with no more than a few grams of fat per serving. Once of my top picks is “Orville Redenbacher’s 94% Fat Free Smart Pop“. It only has a few grams of fat per serving, tastes amazing and always pops a full bag.

Stay away from the fat and calorie packed flavored versions of microwave popcorn. These include kettle corn, movie theater butter and cheese flavored popcorn. These contain a very high amount of fat per serving and since there are 9 calories per gram of fat, the calories start adding up very fast.

Air-Popped Popcorn

  • Serving: 1 cup
  • Calories: 31
  • Fat: 0.4g
  • Carbs: 6.2g
  • Protein: 1g

Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop Mini Bag

  • Serving: 1 mini bag
  • Calories: 100
  • Fat: 2g
  • Carbs: 24g
  • Protein: 3 g

Orville Redenbacher’s 94% Fat Free Butter (Smart Pop)

  • Serving: 1 full bag
  • Calories: 260
  • Fat: 4g
  • Carbs: 48g
  • Protein: 8g

Orville Redenbacher’s 94% Fat Free Kettle Korn (Smart Pop)

  • Serving: 1 full bag
  • Calories: 260
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbs: 56g
  • Protein: 8g


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