Popcorn – An Affordable Snack

Popcorn is an inexpensive and healthy snack.  Well, that is when not saturated in butter, salt, etc.  Even more when cooked fresh vs. the theater and individual packages.

Also, I recently discovered that although 90% of corn is GMO modified, popcorn is made using a different seed which is not GMO modified.  Yet, I would still recommend using organic popcorn to be sure that your supply was not sprayed with pesticides.

So, lets get started:  Simple, easy, low calorie (31 calories per 1 cup of air popped) and a great substitute for many of the higher calorie options.

Two options:  Air pop or microwave.   Both options are simple.  The air machines are self-explanatory where you fill the cup area, turn the machine on and as it pops, it fills your bowl.  Microwave is just as easy if you do not have an air popper.



Needed items:

  • popcorn
  • paper bag
  • microwave
  • serving bowl(s)




First measure 1/4 to 1/2 c of popcorn and place in paperbag

FrugalValueLifestylepopcorn2Next close bag by folding over two times and place into microwave



Set the microwave for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.  We find that 2 1/2 minutes works best.  It leaves a few kernels, but it also avoids the potential risk of burning.



As the popcorn cooks, the bag expands and depending on how many kernels you use or the size of your paperbag, it will begin to open, potentially popping out.  Don’t worry, it is fine.

Make sure you do not let it cook too long!!!  When the popping slows down, where five seconds pass without another pop, you know that your snack is ready.

NOTE:  Since every microwave has a different wattage level, you might want to start out on the lower end of 2 1/2 minutes to prevent burning.  If this timing does not cook sufficiently (or you do not mind the smell of burnt popcorn) you can try the longer popcorn time.



A 1/2 cup of popcorn is more than sufficient for both my husband and I.  Personally, I prefer to eat my popcorn plain.  My husband adds salt.  Others will add their own seasoning options from butter, olive oil, parmesan cheese, etc.



Low calorie, simple to make, and a low cost snack that can be purchased in bulk.   Even a small bag will last you longer than a pan of brownies, a batch of cookies, or other snack.

  • It costs less to purchase than most other snacks
  • Makes multiple servings from a single purchase
  • Due to its lack of sugar, prevents one from having the craving for additional servings, allowing even the dieter to enjoy it.  This allows this single purchase to last longer in your kitchen cupboard than one would have from a package of brownie mix, cookies, etc.

Keep things simple, keep things healthy, and stretch those food dollars on serving sizes you can control.


~ Enjoy ~


Laura D. Field
Reflective Tapestry of Life
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