For several years now, movie theatre popcorn has gotten a bad reputation—and with good reason. A medium size bucket of popcorn at a movie theatre concession stand can pack upwards of 1,600 calories and 60 grams of saturated fat!
- First off, skip microwave popcorns since microwaves expose both you and your food to harmful radiation.
- Instead, pop your own organic popcorn in an air popper. One full cup of air popped popcorn contains just 31 calories and a mere .36 grams of fat. That’s just a fraction of the movie theatre variety.
- If you’d prefer a little bit of oil on your popcorn, drizzle on some coconut oil. Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA)—not the long-chain fatty acids found in most oils—so it won’t raise your cholesterol. Yet, it’s rich in flavor.
- Skip the salt, which can raise your blood pressure—and choose healthier seasonings instead. My wife Jan and I have gotten very creative, seasoning our popcorn with herbs, cinnamon, garlic powder, and even nutritional yeast.