Popcorn is a healthy snack? It sure can be! Popcorn is a whole grain and it’s got a good amount of crunch and chew power to it, so it can make a perfect afternoon snack if you make it right. Preferably it’s air popped or popped on the stovetop in a small amount of heart healthy oil. In its purest form, air-popped popcorn is a healthy whole grain snack which per 1 cup has about 31 calories, 1 gram of protein, 6 grams of carbohydrate, 1 gram of fiber, and only trace amounts of fat.
For a weekday snack I keep my p-corn as naked as possible – maybe just a sprinkle of sea salt or nutritional yeast. If I’m having it on a Saturday afternoon it’s a totally different story (buttah, baby!) but as a weekday snack I like to keep things healthy. What’s a snack-sized portion of popcorn? 1-2 cups should do the trick.