14 Yummy, healthy ways to flavour your popcorn
What's affordable, simple to make, low in fat and gluten-free? Popcorn of course! It's the ultimate movie night snack but it's also a great option if you have the munchies at any time of day. Did you know that popcorn is naturally high in serotonin, which can lift your mood and help you to relax? Sadly, popcorn often gets a bad rep when its smothered in butter and salt or artificial flavourings, but we've got 14 healthy recipes that provide you with plenty of tasty options for every craving, whether sweet or savoury!
This amazing two-ingredient recipe calls for popcorn and chocolate - that's it! Super-simple to make, we recommend using high-quality dark chocolate if possible, as this contains less sugar and is loaded with antioxidants. Perfect for when you're looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth!
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If you're a fan of vanilla and almonds, this is the movie-night popcorn for you. It uses dates, nature's sweetener, with coconut oil, vanilla extract and almonds to form a sweet, moreish sauce for the popcorn. Sounds delicious!
Devised for World Nutella Day (we didn't even know such a thing existed until we saw this recipe!) this has to be one of our favourite ways to satisfy a sugar craving. Adding some chilli, cinnamon and coffee to Nutella and the result mixture to freshly-popped corn is really moreish. Yum!
Steer clear of processed bags of caramel corn you'll find on your weekly shop and make this clean-eating version instead, which uses only three healthy ingredients - nut butter, honey and popcorn. We love that you can mix things up by using the nut butter of your choice - we use almond but you could use peanut if you like!
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Want to enjoy the health benefits of a full cup of kale, whilst chowing down on some movie-night popcorn? We're crazy about this recipe which combines kale with grapeseed oil, lemon and sea salt for a fragrant, delicious bowl of popcorn that's loaded with goodness. Give it a go!
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This Mexican-inspired popcorn uses fresh coriander, lime, salt and a little butter (in moderation, it's good for you!) to create a savoury snack that is not only healthy but tastes pretty damn amazing too. If you're a fan of Mexican food, you're going to get addicted to this!
#7. Dorito Popcorn
Loaded with salt, MSG and other chemical nasties, Doritos are not what you want to be eating as part of a healthy diet. Luckily you can get your 'fix' with this Dorito-style popcorn which uses spices, nutritional yeast and healthy coconut oil to create a nacho-cheese flavoured bowl of corn. Really addictive but with none of the added preservatives or additives of Doritos - win!
Craving Thai food? This popcorn recipe is for you! With toasted coconut flakes, coconut oil, ginger and curry powder, it's the flavours of a takeaway curry without any of the cheat day guilt - you can enjoy this at any time and benefit from the knowledge it's packed with good fats!
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Use fresh rosemary, and calcium-packed parmesan cheese to create this Mediterranean-inspired popcorn that is sure to go down a treat with your friends. Using fresh rather than processed ingredients means you'll enjoy a fuller flavour to your corn as well as avoiding nasty additives and preservatives.
Sometimes the simple things in life are the best - and who are we to turn our noses up at simple buttered popcorn? This healthier take on the classic snack uses just one teaspoon of unsalted butter misted over a bowl of popcorn, so it's still low in calories and good for you too!
Sweet n' Salty
This recipe focuses purely on peanut butter - which is a good thing as we love it and it also happens to be a great source of protein! With a little Agave syrup for sweetness and some sea salt, this sweet n' salty (and nutty!) popcorn is sure to become a favourite recipe. Look for peanut butter with no added salt or sugar in the supermarket - whole foods brands are usually the best option.
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Got a thing for wasabi but not in the mood for sushi? This potent recipe will help clear stuffy noses on movie night, that's for sure! With fiery wasabi powder, cayenne pepper, salt and a little sugar, it's the perfect sweet, salty n' spicy combo to tempt your tastebuds. This has to be one of our favourite popcorn seasoning combos, ever!
#13. Sriracha Kettle Corn
Our favourite hot sauce is combined with coconut oil, sea salt and some sugar to create a sweet, spicy and salty popcorn seasoning that's more of a glaze really. This Sriracha kettle corn is AMAZING, we promise! If you love Thai sweet chilli sauce - you're not going to be able to get enough of this! Adjust the level of spice to taste, depending on who you're sharing with.
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This peanut butter caramel corn is pretty healthy, we think you'll admit. With a vegan peanut butter sauce and some lightly salted peanuts thrown in for even more nutrition, it's the perfect snack to accompany whatever sort of flick you're in the mood for on Netflix.
If all these popcorn recipes haven't left you feeling hungry, we don't know what will. We'll be whipping up one of these at the weekend no doubt - which one will you be trying?