I love popcorn! I think it truly is one of my favorite foods. It can be a fattening, high calorie food. Or it can be a very good source of fiber and very low in calories if made the right way,plus super cheap to make. The healthiest way to get the best bang for calories when eating popcorn is to avoid cooking it in oil and topping it off with tons of melted butter.

Microwave popcorn is better but it is still not ideal and not cheap to buy. Air poppers are great but if you don’t have one, no worries. Here is a simple cheap and healthy solution to cook those kernels.

Grab a medium sized paper bag and pour a 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels into the bag. Then fold the top of the bag shut just a tiny ½” fold. You need to leave room for the kernels to pop so you don’t want to fold it too much. Then stick that bag in your microwave for about 2 to 3 minutes. Of course pop times will vary and be careful you don’t want to burn your popcorn. The popcorn will be done once you hear about 2 to 3 seconds between pops that means it is done, so stop the microwave. Let the bag sit in the microwave for a few minutes to cool off, so you don’t burn yourself. Then open up the bag and pour the popcorn in a
serving bowl. You are all done with your air popped corn without an air popper.

Another simple little gadget I found that makes good fluffy air popped corn is the Nordicware popcorn popper. I think I am failing in love with their different cooking gadgets. It is a bowl that you pour your kernels into, cover with the lid and then put in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes. It will pop those kernels into fluffy popcorn. Plus you can use the bowl to serve the popcorn. It cost $8.99 at Target stores and Amazon.com. All of  these ways will get you some yummy, healthy, low calorie, guiltless popcorn and it was cheap to make too.