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twdlove89twdlove89 Posts: 95Member Member Posts: 95Member Member
So I love to sit down with my family and watch a film (daughter is obsessed with pirates of the Caribbean at the mo), we always have a laugh and with me and my husband working full time and our daughter now in nursery I value our time together more.
Anyway....we always have a snack of some kind we can all pick at.
Now we all love popcorn but my god some of it is soooo bad (obviously it’s the added flavourings).
I was speaking to my father in law about it and he said he had a popcorn machine that just used hot air.
I was intrigued so borrowed it and tonight we got our film ready (pirates obvs) and made our popcorn using the popcorn maker.
When I searched online for the calorie amount of air popped popcorn I found it to be around 31calories per cup 🙀🙀
Maybe it’s common knowledge to others but it was a real shocker for me.
My daughter loves helping to make it and with no added crap on it I feel a little easier when she eats so much lol
I don’t think I’m gonna give it my father in law back!! No more microwave crap or paying for skinny popcorn that’s still covered in sugar.
On Sunday night we are gonna make popcorn and I’m going to use my pb2 as a topping 😁 or maybe even a sprinkling of whey protein powder.
Just thought I would share this as I’m still pretty shocked how low in calories it is.
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  • Running2FitRunning2Fit Posts: 710Member Member Posts: 710Member Member
    Yes! Popcorn is one of my all time fav snacks!! I don’t have a microwave so I’ve been making it on the stove for forever. I have to use a little oil but it’s still way less calories (and better tasting) than the microwave!
  • frenchiesgiirlfrenchiesgiirl Posts: 6Member Member Posts: 6Member Member
    Yes! I love me some air popped popcorn. I love using Braggs Liquid amines or a small amount of coconut oil melted and poured on top. When I want to indulge I'll melt some vegan butter and add nutritional yeast to make it cheesy. So good!
  • Teabythesea_Teabythesea_ Posts: 508Member Member Posts: 508Member Member
    I have air popped popcorn almost every night before bed because I sleep better with food in my stomach. Sometimes I’ll sprinkle ranch seasoning (the kind you mix with sour cream for veggie dip) on it. A few other favorite toppings are old bay, nutritional yeast, powdered peanut butter and cocoa powder and good ol’ butter with some light butter. 👍🏻
  • lynn_glenmontlynn_glenmont Posts: 6,165Member Member Posts: 6,165Member Member
    If your father in law wants the popper back, you can air pop popcorn in the microwave by just putting the kernels in a paper bag (I use the brown paper bags sold as "lunch bags" in the U.S. -- turn it on and listen for when the popping slows so there is a second or two between pops. (Or some microwaves have a popcorn setting that, I believe, works by measuring humidity inside the microwave.) Bonus: you don't have to clean out the popper, you don't risk burns when you lift the top off to try to get the last few popped kernels that didn't come out of the popper, and you don't have to find space to store an appliance that only does one thing. Downside: you may not be able to pop as big a batch as you want in one bag -- but it's pretty quick to do another bagful, and you can always look at it as ensuring that the popcorn is really fresh. :smile:
  • sgt1372sgt1372 Posts: 2,936Member Member Posts: 2,936Member Member
    Use,to make popcorn in a wok w/a couple of tbsps of oil. Min cals but a bit of a hasle.

    Bought an air popper for $10 at a clearance store and it is so much easier. Also hel0s that it's oiless as well. :)
  • wilson10102018wilson10102018 Posts: 290Member Member Posts: 290Member Member
    OK, I have popcorn every day. I find air pop distasteful. Like styrofoam. I use the Whirleypop $19 stove top popper. I have experimented over and over and have found that 7g (1/2 tbsp) of peanut oil will cook every kernel in a 50g (unpopped) portion. Add powdered popcorn salt and its good to go. 210 calories.
  • twdlove89twdlove89 Posts: 95Member Member Posts: 95Member Member
    My father in law never uses it so will keep hold of it and buy one on payday.
    Never knew or even considered popcorn as part of healthy eating, thought it was an indulgent snack.....how wrong was I 🤣
  • j010219j010219 Posts: 20Member Member Posts: 20Member Member
    Yes! Popcorn is one of my all time fav snacks!! I don’t have a microwave so I’ve been making it on the stove for forever. I have to use a little oil but it’s still way less calories (and better tasting) than the microwave!

    I cook it on the stove too, and I actually don't put any oil and it works just as well.
  • mbaker566mbaker566 Posts: 8,634Member Member Posts: 8,634Member Member
    i have an air pop
    i add different flavors. it's a good snack.
  • Kalex1975Kalex1975 Posts: 348Member, Premium Member Posts: 348Member, Premium Member
    crazyravr wrote: »
    All you need for that low calorie popcorn are these things.
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    And a microwave. No oil or butter needed.

    I have what looks exactly like that microwave popper but the brand is HOTPOP - works great.

    I find that dry seasonings/salt don't stick very well so I usually mist some water or vinegar on the popped corn to help them adhere. My favorite is to mist a tiny bit of water, vanilla, and a few drops of liquid sucralose and sprinkle with some salt - tastes just like kettle corn to me.
  • twdlove89twdlove89 Posts: 95Member Member Posts: 95Member Member
    I’ve never had savoury popcorn other then salted I guess and you guys are all mentioning savoury flavourings so I must give that a go!
  • no1racefan1no1racefan1 Posts: 277Member, Premium Member Posts: 277Member, Premium Member
    OK, I have popcorn every day. I find air pop distasteful. Like styrofoam.

    Ha, I had the same reaction when I got an air popper! But, if you've already tried it and liked it, it's definitely a great low cal/high volume snack!
  • Running2FitRunning2Fit Posts: 710Member Member Posts: 710Member Member
    j010219 wrote: »
    Yes! Popcorn is one of my all time fav snacks!! I don’t have a microwave so I’ve been making it on the stove for forever. I have to use a little oil but it’s still way less calories (and better tasting) than the microwave!

    I cook it on the stove too, and I actually don't put any oil and it works just as well.

    Maybe it’s the kernels I buy or my pot or something but they burn every time without any oil.
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  • lorirob64lorirob64 Posts: 3Member Member Posts: 3Member Member
    Hi, I make popcorn in the brown paper lunch bags (the kind I used to take my lunch to school in way back when) : ) I just put about a quarter cup of kernels in and roll up the top of the bag and microwave for about 2 mins approx - until most stops popping and then I sprinkle some apple cider vinegar on it.
  • lynn_glenmontlynn_glenmont Posts: 6,165Member Member Posts: 6,165Member Member
    j010219 wrote: »
    Yes! Popcorn is one of my all time fav snacks!! I don’t have a microwave so I’ve been making it on the stove for forever. I have to use a little oil but it’s still way less calories (and better tasting) than the microwave!

    I cook it on the stove too, and I actually don't put any oil and it works just as well.

    Maybe it’s the kernels I buy or my pot or something but they burn every time without any oil.

    You would need a heavy pot to have any hope of this working, I would think.
  • BailTuckBailTuck Posts: 24Member Member Posts: 24Member Member
    I have a glass air popper that's small and doesn't take up a bunch of space. It was pretty cheap, less than $10. Makes enough for 2 people. Or 1 teenage boy.
  • j010219j010219 Posts: 20Member Member Posts: 20Member Member
    j010219 wrote: »
    Yes! Popcorn is one of my all time fav snacks!! I don’t have a microwave so I’ve been making it on the stove for forever. I have to use a little oil but it’s still way less calories (and better tasting) than the microwave!

    I cook it on the stove too, and I actually don't put any oil and it works just as well.

    Maybe it’s the kernels I buy or my pot or something but they burn every time without any oil.

    You would need a heavy pot to have any hope of this working, I would think.

    Maybe that's what it is.. my pots are thick and on the heavy side and my popcorn never burns. I have a gas burning stove and I go medium-high
  • lin_belin_be Posts: 393Member Member Posts: 393Member Member
    I just started adding ground black pepper to our popcorn and am amazed at how good it tastes! Spicy!
  • TeaBeaTeaBea Posts: 13,892Member Member Posts: 13,892Member Member
    If your father in law wants the popper back, you can air pop popcorn in the microwave by just putting the kernels in a paper bag (I use the brown paper bags sold as "lunch bags" in the U.S. -- turn it on and listen for when the popping slows so there is a second or two between pops. (Or some microwaves have a popcorn setting that, I believe, works by measuring humidity inside the microwave.) Bonus: you don't have to clean out the popper, you don't risk burns when you lift the top off to try to get the last few popped kernels that didn't come out of the popper, and you don't have to find space to store an appliance that only does one thing. Downside: you may not be able to pop as big a batch as you want in one bag -- but it's pretty quick to do another bagful, and you can always look at it as ensuring that the popcorn is really fresh. :smile:

    I've never been able to make the brown bag thing work. High watt microwave, low watt microwave. Fresh kernels, old kernels. The small % of kernels that do pop are dry and hard....yuck.

    I use a microwave popper (Presto) with 1 teaspoon of oil. The oil gives the popcorn just enough moisture so the toppings stick. I like Kernel Seasons Popcorn Seasoning - ranch and nacho cheese are favorites. The kettlecorn was too bland, so I added cinnamon.
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