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DIY Microwave Popcorn

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One of my longtime favorite snack foods is microwave popcorn.  I have long suspected it was probably not particularly healthy, so have tried to cut down from my former almost nightly snack.  Then, while doing research for this blog, I stumbled across an article called  25  Seemingly Healthy Foods That Are Bad For You from Shape Magazine, and guess what tops the list – microwave popcorn!  The good news, the article mentioned a do-it-yourself alternative, so I had to research that.

I found this simple recipe on

  • 1/2 C.   unpopped popcorn

  • 1 tsp vegetable oil

  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  1. In a cup or small bowl, mix together the unpopped popcorn and oil. Pour the coated corn into a brown paper lunch sack, and sprinkle in the salt. Fold the top of the bag over twice to seal in the ingredients.  
  2. **Special note as posted in many of the comments section for this recipe:  Set bag UPRIGHT in microwave, rather than on side like commercial microwave popcorn bags to avoid burning!
  3. Cook in the microwave at full power for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes, or until you hear pauses of about 2 seconds between pops. Carefully open the bag to avoid steam, and pour into a serving bowl.
  4. Serving size 3 servings per bag.


  • Calories 137
  • Carbohydrates  24.6 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Fat  3.1 g
  • Fiber 4.9 g
  • Protein 4.1 g
  • Sodium 389 mg



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