61 Calorie Popcorn Recipe

By Claire Sundstrom

2523-POPCORN.jpgWhen you think of popcorn, you may think of the movie-theater variety; soaked in butter and loaded with saturated fat, trans-fat, and calories. Not good for any diet!

Or, tasteless, air popped corn which is no fun at all.

But, you can break free from the gooey movie popcorn and the bland.

You can make popcorn in your own home that tastes just as good – without all the extra fat and calories.

You on a Diet

The recipe is in the new book “YOU: On a Diet” by Michael F. Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D. (A great book, in my opinion, for the recipes alone).

Dr. Roizen and Dr. Oz wrote the book to help us understand why we gain weight, what we can do to avoid it, and offer quick ways to get exercise, and explain the psychology and emotional issues influencing overeating.

Dr. Oz talks about it in this video

I think the part about our genetic ability to store fat is what helped ancient humans survive but nowadays is a problem, is very interesting. I guess its true what they say, too much of a good thing really is a bad thing!

The Recipe

But back to the popcorn! Here’s what you’ll need for the recipe:

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • Flavored cooking spray (butter, olive oil, garlic)
  • Garlic salt or cinnamon

Place the popcorn in a two-and-a-half quart microwave safe bowl, microwave for four to five minutes (don’t burn it!) Pour it on to a baking sheet, coat with spray, and follow with the garlic salt or cinnamon. The nutritional breakdown for this is 61 Calories, fat – .8 g, carbs – 5 g, protein – 1 g, and sodium – 0 g.

Make sure you use about 1-2 seconds of spray at most – with Pam, that’s 14 calories. If you use 1/3 second, I really doubt you’ll cover the popcorn.

I recommend using olive oil spray for the garlic variety, and butter spray if you’re using cinnamon.


Image credit: betterbagofgroceries


  1. M. C. Sandecki

    So I tried microwaving popcorn in a brown paper bag after twice watching Dr. Oz talk about doing it. Measured half a cup of popcorn kernels, turned the microwave on Popcorn setting which is 2:40 minutes. At the halfway mark the bag began to ignite. By the time I could snatch the bag out of the microwave, the microwave was smudged, the smoke detector was screaming, and a foot of grey smoke drifted below the ceiling.
    I flung the burning bag into the sink, (popcorn spattered all over the kitchen floor), and doused it with dishwater from the other sink. Fortunately I had not emptied the dishwater.

    Kernels studded the soles of my slippers as I fetched a broom to sweep up the floor. I scooped two handfuls of black ash from the sink and now have greyish-green ash on the counter, the windowsill, the clean dishes in the drainer, and slowly floating to the floor like fringes of a volcano.
    Checking the microwave manual, it says “using a paper bag may damage the microwave.”
    At no time did I hear Dr. Oz warn against using a brown paper bag. I’m not listening to his culinary advice any more.

    Microwave popcorn in a brown paper bag, my ash!

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  3. smart_chick

    I looked at the book on Amazon, then Google’d “Simon’s Popcorn.” The recipe makes four servings, which means the entire recipe has 244 calories.