Get the Skinny: 5 popcorn recipes for a flavor-packed guilt-free snack!

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If popcorn is your go-to nighttime snack, you’ll love this segment:  Naturally gluten-free, the carbs in popcorn help to boost our serotonin levels, which means relaxing, mood-lifting effects. And air-popped popcorn is super-low in calories, and fiber-rich.  But you don’t have to be relegated to just plain old air-popped popcorn – we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on 5 easy ways to add flavor & variety to this snack-time favorite, with little or added calories.

 

DIY Microwave Popcorn with non-GMO popcorn kernels 

  • Pop in brown paper bag: 3 tablespoons kernels in plain brown paper bag, pop 1 to 1 ½ minutes
  • 120 cals – 4.5 grams fat – 0 sat fat – 0 sodium – 29 grams carbs – 6 grams fiber – 4 grams protein
  • Tip: Spritz popcorn with olive oil spritzer first, before adding seasonings + flavors

 

5 POPCORN RECIPES FOR FLAVOR-PACKED GUILT-FREE GOODNESS

Cheesy Cayenne

  • ½ cup nutritional yeast + 1 teaspoon cayenne or chipotle powder
  • Per tablespoon nutritional yeast: 20 calories – 2 grams carb – 2 grams protein – 40% DV B12

 

Cinnamon Swerve

  • ¼ cup Swerve Granular + 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 0 calories, 0 net carbs, 0 glycemic impact

 

Magic Seasoning Blends by Paul Prudhomme

  • No Salt | No Sugar Sweet & Spicy Blend – or any of the No Salt|No Sugar line
  • Magic Seasoning Blackening Seasonings are also a low-sodium way to add Cajun flare

 

Chili Lime Seasoning Blend

  • Such as Chili Lime Rub & Marinade by The Fresh Market
  • Per ¼ teaspoon: 0 calories & 70 mg sodium

 

Rosemary + Sea Salt

  • Fresh or dried rosemary + dash of sea salt
  • 0 Calories and less than 100 mg sodium per serving

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