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Great topic - I brought a hot air popcorn popper at a garage sale a couple of years ago and LOVE IT. I had one years ago but it must have broke at some point cause I can't remember what happened to it.
Anyhow, THANKS for the idea of the butter spray, never thought of that. Adding seasoning is great but it needs something to help stick to the popped kernels. I have bought the popcorn seasoning at the popcorn kiosk at the mall, I LOVE the dill pickle flavour, but the sodium is too high.
Really great seasoning ideas here.
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Posts: 1,243 2/21/11 1:59 A
One of my Spark friends just told me about the individual servings of popcorn that are microwaveable....just 100 calories. Haven't tried it yet...maybe tomorrow. :)
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I hand pop a big kettle of corn on the stove a couple times a week, to keep on hand for the invincible snack attacks that tend to grab me in the evening. That way, I control how much oil and salt are in it. I seldom use other flavorings. It makes a surprising difference which oil you use - try varying that, using healthy oils with a high break down temperature if you cook the seed in it. You don't need to worry about that if you are cooking it dry and adding oils later. I also like cracked black pepper, or chili powders. Lo salt flavoring mixes like Mrs. Dash could also be used.
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I'm awful microwave theater butter
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I adore popcorn! I have an air popper, so I pop a few cups and put it in a storage bag. Then I melt a tbsp or two of light not-butter and pour it in the bag and shake it all up. Then I use a Mrs. Dash table blend, and shake that in too.That way I can use less butter but the whole bag tastes buttery.
But I am so going to have to try some of the ideas I've seen below. I've tried a Molly McButter "cheese" with no fat no cals, but it isn't very good - edible, but not good.
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Orville Redenbacher has a 100 cal. mini bag of butter flavor that is really good. I do enjoy a lunch of popcorn.
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I like microwavable popcorn but the one with butter
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Buy the 100 calorie mini bags and add your own flavorings. I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and grated cheese is very good. Just add it to the bag and shake it up!
I like ginger on mine. I bought a bulk bag of ginger at my health food store. It's a lot cheaper that way. And popcorn is my favorite staple of life. It can take a bite out of your daily calories, but I think it's well worth it.
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I just do the microwavable popcorn
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Posts: 605 2/20/11 5:19 P
we use Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. For a change I have peppered it and like that once in awhile. I will have to try the Kernel seasons.
You can also put the kernels in a brown paper bag without any oil and put it in the microwave. Just listen to when its done popping. This was a trick I learned from Weight Watchers. It's not as yummy as popped in oil but you can eat more.
My problem with popcorn is that I can't just eat one bowl.
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There's a product called "Kernel Season's Popcorn Seasoning" that has several flavors of popcorn topping (like Caramel for example, which has 5 calories per serving). We found it at WalMart.
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MY BAGS SAY 35 CAL. A CUP AND THERE'S APPROX. 51/2 CUPS PER BAG. SINCE I USE THE MICROWAVE KIND, THE CALORIES MAY DIFFER BY TYPE AND BRAND YOU BUY. JUST READ THE LABELS AND COMPARE. TWO OF MY FAVORITES RIGHT NOW ARE ACT ll & ORVILLE REDENBACHER, BOTH HAVE MANY FLAVORS; HAPPY POPPING:)
OH, IF YOU USE THE STOVE METHOD, TRY USING A HEALTHY OIL TO POP. WITH. CHECK OUT REQUIREMENTS AROUND HEATING THE OIL THOUGH.
I LOVE popcorn but it doesn't love me. What a shame because it is a great snack. But my system just can't take it.
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KATESACUTUP--may I ask how many calories in 1/3 of the bag? This opened up a whole new world to me in popcorn. Never thought of adding seasoning to my popcorn.
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I USE I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT BUTTER SPRAY-0 CAL) THEN ADD MY FAVORITE SPICES, RIGHT NOW I'M INTO GROUND CUMIN AND CAYENNE PEPPER (JUST A SPRINKLE FOR ZIP)
THINK I WILL TRY THE BUTTER SPRAY AND SOME GROUND CINNAMON ALONG WITH SOME STEVIA PACKETS FOR MY SWEET TOOTH. MY SON USES A SPRINKLING OF JELLO POWDER ON HIS. HAVEN'T TRIED THIS. I WONDER ABOUT THE OTHER STUFF IN THERE, EVEN IF IT'S SUGAR FREE. PROBABLY TASTES GOOD THOUGH.
GRATED CHEESE IS GREAT TOO, BUT EXTRA CALORIES.
I LIKE MY POPCORN FLAVORFUL THROUGHOUT THE BOWL, SO I DO IT IN LAYERS, SPRAYING THE BUTTER FIRST, THEN THE FLAVORINGS, THEN MORE POPCORN, BUTTER SPRAY& SPICES, TILL YOU FILL THE BOWL. HAPPY MUNCHING!!!
I love cheese popcorn... But... around here I can't find cheese powder in the stores. I get dried cheddar from Vermont which is the BEST, or I use the envelope from packaged Mac&Cheese
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I love the microwavable popcorn I buy. I think It's 94% lower fat. You have to be careful and only eat 1/3 packet, but still that is a lot of popcorn.! (5 cups!) I often have it several times a week and store the remainder popcorn in a tightly sealed zip lock bag (make sure to push out all of air before sealing.)
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Different flavors of Mrs. Dash are really good. I especially like the garlic and herb. Parmesan cheese is good too, but can add unwanted calories.
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Try some Taco seasoning for some zing!
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