Is popcorn healthy for you? and 21+ Popcorn Recipes

Savory and Sweet Popcorn Recipes
Savory and Sweet Popcorn Recipes – Pictured from top to bottom: Cheesy Italian, Honey PB Bars, Chocolate Popcorn Balls, Parmesan Ranch, Gingerbread Popcorn, Tajin Popcorn, Toffee Popcorn with Chocolate, German Chocolate Popcorn, Tropical Hawaiian Popcorn

Is Popcorn a Healthy Snack?

Popcorn! It’s one of my favorite snacks. It’s the perfect addition to a Netflix-and-chill night! What snack food goes better with your favorite movie? If it’s not drenched in a heart-stopping amount of butter and enough salt to fill the Utah Flats, popcorn is a healthy snack! Natural popcorn is a low-calorie, high-fiber snacking option. On its face, popcorn contains more antioxidants than many fruits and vegetables.  For people with diabetes, the high fiber content doesn’t break down like other carbohydrates, so it doesn’t cause a blood sugar spike.  It’s high in Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and folate. Oh! Popcorn has more iron than spinach! Check out the image below.

Popcorn has more iron than spinach
Popcorn has more iron than spinach. USDA data for popcorn | USDA data for spinach

The Microwave Popcorn vs. Hot Air Popcorn Debate

However, I also love the convenience of microwave popcorn.  After a long day, I don’t feel like dragging out my hot air popper. Besides, I have to babysit it because mine blows popcorn all over the kitchen if I don’t hold the bowl just right. But I do worry about some of the chemicals used in microwave popcorn processing like diacetyl. It’s not on the label, but many companies still use it. Even though the FDA banned PFOA us on food packaging in 2016, the ban doesn’t extend to almost 100 related cancer-causing chemicals.  So, David and I gave up microwave popcorn years ago.

Chemicals aside, bagged popcorn costs much more to make. But, I miss that microwave convenience! So this year, I got a unique microwave popcorn bowl so I can make air-popped microwave popcorn!  It’s a silicon BPA-free bowl. You measure your popcorn, put on the lid, and microwave it for 3-4 minutes – just like a bag – but cheaper and no chemicals!  Check it out!

David bought this microwave popping bowl for me because of how much I enjoy popcorn. Some people like to do their popcorn in a paper bag, but that’s just more trash for the landfill. My bowl is reusable and dishwasher safe – so I don’t have to worry about whose hands were last inside that paper bag.

You can pop four servings of popcorn at a time (but it tends to overflow the bowl.) I find it’s perfect for 2-3 people. Very few kernels remain unpopped. The amount is on par with my hot air popper.

Popcorn Recipe Roundup

At any rate, I’ve been expanding my popcorn recipe database and thought you might enjoy seeing what I’ve found. Not all of these recipes rank high on the healthy, but it’s still a better option than diving headlong into a chocolate cake because it has the high-fiber and nutrition of popcorn!

Savory Popcorn Recipes

  1. Parmesan Ranch Popcorn
  2. Tropical Hawaiian popcorn mix
  3. Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn
  4. Italian Brown Paper Bag Popcorn
  5. Cheesy Italian Popcorn
  6. Perfect Popcorn Recipe
  7. Pad Thai Popcorn
  8. Nutted Popcorn
  9. Homemade Stovetop Popcorn with Old Bay
  10. Spicy Tajin Popcorn Recipe
  11. Sweet and Spicy Curried Popcorn
  12. Sour Cream and Onion Popcorn

Sweet Popcorn Recipes

  1. Honey PB Popcorn Bars
  2. Coconut Curry Popcorn
  3. Toffee Popcorn with Chocolate
  4. Chocolate Popcorn Balls
  5. German Chocolate Popcorn
  6. Gingerbread Popcorn
  7. Caramel Cashew Popcorn
  8. Toasted Sesame and Almond Caramel Popcorn
  9. Mexican Chocolate Popcorn
  10. Salted Caramel Popcorn with Almonds

Roundups of several popcorn recipes!

  1. 30+ Recipes for National Popcorn Day
  2. 50 Flavored Popcorn Recipes
  3. 21 Party Time Popcorn Recipes
  4. 32 Oscar-Worthy Popcorn Recipes
  5. 50+ Perfect Popcorn Recipes
Is Popcorn a Healthy snack? Yes - and it has more iron than spinach! Wow! Get some sweet and savory popcorn recipes
Is Popcorn a Healthy snack? Yes – and it has more iron than spinach! Wow! Get some sweet and savory popcorn recipes
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Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

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Alicia Taylor

Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.


  • Tiffany Yong

    February 12, 2018 - 11:48 am

    Yes, I used to hear how popcorn has high calories, but they are so addictive! I can’t stop once I start~ I hardly eat them though, unless someone elses buy, otherwise, I won’t usually actively go for them!

  • Deb Dutta

    January 24, 2018 - 5:50 pm

    OMG Popcornnnn!! Love love these recipes and great write up 🙂

  • Nicole

    January 23, 2018 - 9:02 am

    We love popcorn! All of these recipes look great! I have never tried hot air popcorn, but it looks like i’m going to have to! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kiwi

    January 23, 2018 - 6:29 am

    See I knew I wasnt crazy I never liked bagged microwavable popcorn like that. I do love a good kettle corn though has to be organic!

  • Garrile Blog

    January 22, 2018 - 4:50 am

    I looove popcorn! I usually make them oil free and jus tsprinkle with a bit of salt and turmeric 🙂 It can be one of the best snacks to have around for me!

  • chewoutloud

    January 21, 2018 - 11:45 pm

    I think our household alone keeps the popcorn sellers in business! We buy a ton of kernels, which we pop ourselves almost every day. I love the collection of yummy popcorn recipes here!

  • Adaleta Avdic (@adaatude)

    January 21, 2018 - 5:35 pm

    Oh I love popcorn! I will have to try some of these.

  • Lisa He

    January 21, 2018 - 3:12 pm

    So many creative and unique ideas for popcorn! Never heard of Pad Thai or Sweet and Spicy curried popcorn before now, you’ve piqued my interest!

  • Elizabeth O

    January 20, 2018 - 5:24 pm

    I really enjoy popcorn, it is such a filling and healthy snack. I really enjoy the sweet and salty version 🙂

  • Stephanie Jeannot

    January 20, 2018 - 10:04 am

    As much as we love popcorn in this house, I think it would be hard to try to get everyone to stop eating it. Wow! I love all the different popcorn flavors. Butterscotch sounds yummy! I need that bowl!

  • Path of Presence (@pathofpresence)

    January 20, 2018 - 5:48 am

    I did not know these tidbits about popcorn! We all love popcorn but don’t enjoy it as often. You’ve inspired me to take a look at the microwave popcorn bowl. Interesting- and thanks!! E

  • Kelley

    January 19, 2018 - 10:37 pm

    I. Love. Popcorn! Mostly plain – okay, maybe only enough salt (mixed with crushed red pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper) to fill 1/4 of a Utah flat…. delicious!

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 20, 2018 - 12:28 pm

      LOL 🙂 I hear ya! I have a salty streak myself. I will have to try your combination.

  • adstanfield25

    January 19, 2018 - 10:01 pm

    I am soooo pinning this one! My daughter is crazy about popcorn (or what she calls “poppy”…she’s 2!). I often worry about her eating it; I wish I could find a hull-less kind. But I love popcorn too, and I am eager to try out these recipes. The Salted Caramel with Almonds sounds delish!

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 20, 2018 - 12:30 pm

      Aww! That’s adorable! Have you asked her pediatrician if it’s safe for her? I honestly don’t know. My kids are grown and they are always changing recommendations. Thanks for pinning!

  • Fely

    January 19, 2018 - 9:25 pm

    What!? Popcorn has more iron than spinach!? That is crazy. Good to know since I’m always low on iron

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 20, 2018 - 12:31 pm

      I know! It surprised me, too! Of course, I’m not saying quit spinach by any means. Spinach is still a superfood!

  • Ayana Christine Nell

    January 19, 2018 - 8:57 pm

    We have one one these! Almost exactly the same, just a different brand. WE LOVE IT. Sure, I still put butter and white cheddar on it, but I don’t think I’ll ever buy bag popcorn again! I feel so much better about using it, too. I didn’t know popcorn had more iron than spinach! That’s so cool to learn!

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 20, 2018 - 12:32 pm

      I love that I can make just one serving in it! I also like to put some of the white cheddar powder on it. I use an all-natural brand – and it’s not too bad on the calories.

  • Sarah Camille

    January 19, 2018 - 7:11 pm

    I love making different popcorn concoctions, but we have been doing the same thing over and over with lemon pepper – so good. I’m totally going to try the perfect popcorn recipe. Sounds like my kind of flavors!

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 20, 2018 - 12:32 pm

      Ooh! Lemon pepper! That sounds yummy. I’ll try that one tonight.

  • Erica Swedish

    January 19, 2018 - 5:51 pm

    I’m not sure if it’s healthy… But i just bought some Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter Popcorn that is delicious. Lol I just try to keep those darn portions down.

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 20, 2018 - 12:33 pm

      I don’t have that much self-control! Enjoy 🙂

  • Dee Jackson

    January 19, 2018 - 5:16 pm

    I love popcorn. My all-time favorite is with cheese. Love all your recipes.

  • Jay Colby

    January 19, 2018 - 8:13 am

    I’ve always loved popcorn, but I never knew how many different recipes there are. I’m going to have to try Cheesy Italian Popcorn it sounds tasty.

  • Sandi

    January 18, 2018 - 9:01 pm

    We are big popcorn eaters here. These are great ideas!

  • Hope

    January 18, 2018 - 8:40 pm

    What a great selection of different ways to enjoy popcorn! I can’t wait to try some!

  • Patty @ Spoonabilities

    January 18, 2018 - 7:09 pm

    I love love love popcorn! This is a fabulous group of popcorn recipes!!

  • Manillenials

    January 18, 2018 - 7:00 pm

    Popcorn is so addicting specially the ones you buy in the Cinemas. I would totally try these recipes for my weekend movie marathons. Ha!

  • Deana Tucker

    January 18, 2018 - 5:11 pm

    Popcorn is one of my favorite healthy snacks. Whether I am watching TV or playing games on the computer, popcorn is my go-to snack! I can’t wait to try the German Chocolate Popcorn and the Parmesan Ranch Popcorn. Thanks!

  • Marie - Not Enough Cinnamon

    January 18, 2018 - 5:06 pm

    Oh I love my popcorn too! I have to look into this popcorn bowl, it sounds perfect!

  • Sarah Bailey

    January 18, 2018 - 4:51 pm

    This is so interesting, I’ve always thought popcorn on it’s own was healthy it’s what you put on top of it that can make it not so. So it’s interesting to hear that for some it isn’t at all.

  • Shadlyn Jay

    January 18, 2018 - 2:45 pm

    I love this article because you literally talking about ym favorite study snack. I am going to try sweet and spicy popcorn for sure! Thanks for sharing the recipes

  • Amy-Lynn Vautour

    January 18, 2018 - 2:16 pm

    I’m so basic when it comes to popcorn. Like in the literal sense of the work basic. It’s popcorn, salt, and a little bit of melted butter, lol. I tried those shake-on things but they never cut it. Thanks for these cool ideas to amp up my popcorn game (seriously, i popcorn like 3 times a week – always air popped)

  • Emily

    January 18, 2018 - 2:01 pm

    Interesting post, love the recipes!

  • Neyssa | Latina Mom Meals

    January 17, 2018 - 1:37 pm

    Thank you for the share. 🙂 There are some amazing popcorn recipes I need to try!

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