Healthy Popcorn Toppings

This is a site for popcorn lovers, so if you are here perusing popcorn makers you probably already like popcorn. Popcorn is a low-fat, low-calorie, high-fiber treat. Recent studies also indicate that popcorn is high in polyphenols, which are heart healthy anti-oxidants.

Popcorn is a great snack because it is filling and yet low-cal and relatively healthy. You can keep the calories down and flavor high by experimenting with healthy flavorful toppings. You can pretty much flavor popcorn with any herb or spice. Here a few suggestions.

  • Instead of butter, spritz a little olive oil on your popcorn using a mister
  • Sprinkle with grated parmesan
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Chili powder
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Garlic powder

If you are looking for something to satisfy that sweet tooth try grated dark chocolate and a dash of cinnamon. Other yummy topping combinations are olive oil with grated parmesan and black pepper. Chili powder and a dash of sea salt is another savory low-cal option.

You can experiment with different topping combos until you find ones that suit your tastes. Try parmesan and cayenne pepper or rosemary and olive oil. Cumin and chili powder also makes a nice spicy combination.

If you like healthy saturated fats, you can also go with the old standby of melted grass-fed butter with popcorn cooked in coconut oil. Keep in mind this won’t exactly put you in ketosis since the whole grain popcorn still contains carbs, but it is a yummy treat.

You don’t have to use high fat or high sodium ingredients to make a healthy flavorful popcorn, just experiment with different spices and condiments until you find what works best.