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I don’t know about you, but sometimes, I crave a salty snack. And while the occasional potato chip is okay, there are healthier options that are easy and cheaper to make. My favorite is popcorn.

I’m not talking about microwave popcorn. That isn’t any better for you than a bag of Lay’s…in fact, it might be a little worse for you.

I’m talking about air popped popcorn. I used to think it was impossible for healthy popcorn to be easy to make, but a little over a year ago, I received the Orville Redenbacher Hot Air Popcorn Popper.

Now, most people might think this is a little crazy. It’s just another fancy kitchen contraption that they’ll never use, it’s too big of a hassle to use, etc.

Let me assure you, this is one of the coolest contraptions ever! It is faster than microwaving popcorn. I get a full bowl instead of half a bowl, so I’m making twice as much in the same amount of time. There’s no icky chemicals and questionable products included, and instead of using a microwave, it’s doing it a more…natural…way: using hot air.

The best part about popping it yourself is definitely having TOTAL control over the ingredients.

Unfortunately, the air popper that I use isn’t readily available anymore, but I have a couple options I wanted to share that I have heard great things about:

Presto 04821 Orville Redenbacher’s Hot Air Popper, also in black

Hamilton Beach 73400 Hot Air Popcorn Popper

 

Once you’ve got yourself an air popper, it’s time to get some popcorn. One of my favorite deals is a four pack of Bob’s Red Mill White Popcorn. It comes to about 12 cents an ounce, which is fantastic. If you subscribe on Amazon, it’s down to 11 cents, so if you love popcorn, you can save even more!

I also love Thrive Market’s sprouted popcorn (You can join Thrive Market here). Additionally, you can also pick it your favorite brand from your local grocery store.

Then it’s time to make the popcorn. Follow the directions for your air popper. There’s usually a maximum amount you can make at a time, so be careful not to overfill it. Your popcorn will come out without any burns, looking fresh and fabulous!

You can top it with whatever you want, but here are a few suggestions:

  • olive oil and salt
  • butter and salt
  • hot sauce and lime (my favorite!)
  • coconut oil, cinnamon, and sugar (another favorite!)
  • olive oil, basil, parsley, and garlic salt
  • truffle oil, salted butter, and parmesan

Be creative, and test things out! What’s your favorite popcorn topping? Share with me in the comments!!!

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