There is just something about high quality corn popcorn that makes a snack that much better. If you are a dieter, you might think you can never have a delicious, salty snack, ever again. And, if you do think about it, you might think about those little microwave bags that are high in calories because they are swimming in artificial butter and loaded with way too much salt. (There is a different between a salty snack and an over salted one.) But, with a little bit of planning and the best methods, you can have delicious snacks.
Here are the benefits: it is a light as air, lower calorie snack. If you use an air popper, it can be virtually fat free and since you are the one making it, you have complete control over how much salt is involved. If you want to add a little sprinkle of salt, you can so you get that little kick of flavor without excessive sodium. Of course, you can also make your own flavors as well. If you like hot and spicy, for instance, you can toss a little bit of cayenne powder in the bowl. If you want interesting flavors, use your own spices and your own imagination. You might come up with the next big thing in snacking.
If you air pop yours, you can use a little bit of butter for a traditional taste. The better your butter, the less you need for the flavor impact. Higher quality butter is actually pretty good for you, in moderation, so enjoy this every now and then.
If you want to have a little bit of a sweeter tasting snack, you can mix just a little bit of sugar (or sugar substitute) with cinnamon and toss on the hot popcorn. You can also melt one ounce of high quality and heart healthy, dark chocolate to drizzle over the top. For an even simpler version of this, shave or finely chop the chocolate directly into the bowl with the freshly popped, still warm popcorn and then lightly toss.
No matter what flavor you want, you will get the best results if it is as fresh as possible. Keeping it in a tightly sealed jar protects the flavor and keeps it ready for popping for much longer. For longer term storage, you can also freeze it; again, making sure that it is in an airtight storage bag. Whether you put it in a pan or you use a commercial air popper, you can have delicious but still healthy, corn popcorn.