Popcorn: A Super Cheap Healthy Snack
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Popcorn can be a healthy snack and it is super cheap! Even organic popcorn is cheap. This organic Arrowhead Mills white popcorn from Amazon comes in a case of 6 bags. 6 bags equals 156 servings with 3-4 cups of popped popcorn per serving! (Yellow popcorn is currently a little more at Amazon.)
Whatever type of popcorn you choose, it is likely to be around 10 cents per serving! It is a little more than that if you add some yummy fat on it. We buy our coconut oil cheap though, so a couple Tbsp would cost very little.
Should You Always Buy Organic Popcorn?
Popcorn is not genetically modified like most other corn, but does often have pesticide residues. So, it is up to you if you would like to buy organic or not. I still think organic is better, since there is a good chance of high pesticide residues on corn, and who knows if it will eventually be genetically modified in the future.
On the other hand, I would still occasionally buy conventional popcorn since it is not genetically modified yet. But, I wouldn’t want my kids to eat it all the time.
The popcorn falls right into a huge bowl that we set under the popper. Then we add melted butter or coconut oil. We don’t use the cup on top of the popper for melting our fat even though that is an option. I find it melts more evenly on the stove or in the microwave. (Just don’t microwave on too high of a power!).
We don’t have to really clean the popper since dry popcorn is the only thing that touches it. It only needs a little wiping out now and then.
If you like your popcorn sweet, try this yummy recipe from Rebecca: Homemade Sweet and Salty Popcorn. The ingredients are simply nourishing things like butter, honey, salt, and vanilla. Of course, I always recommend grass fed butter for its bone building, cavity fighting, and immune strengthening properties! (The cheapest I have seen Kerrygold grassfed butter is at Costco-it is a little over $4.50 a pound there).
Want another healthy snack idea? You might also be interested in my post about how to get really cheap fruit.