Healthy Popcorn Snacks

Lemony Kale Popcorn |  Simply Fresh Dinners

With the colder months here, we’re spending more time inside and on the couch with the TV on.  I have to confess that I love spending a free Saturday afternoon watching a movie with the fire roaring while the snow swirls around outside.   And what goes best with movies?  Popcorn, of course! If you`re a fan of kale chips, you`ll love this Lemony Kale Popcorn.   The kale and lemon add just the right bite to make this a perfect, healthy snack.  And if you have a big group, roast some extra kale and serve chips alongside.  They are super easy to make and if you love potato chips, this will help you make the switch.  Their crunchy goodness is addictive!

Healthy Popcorn Snacks
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  • 1/2 bunch kale, chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons grapeseed oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 10 cups popped popcorn
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F
  2. Make sure kale is completely dry and then toss with olive oil and salt.
  3. Place on baking sheet and cook until crispy; about 11 minutes. Stir once or twice during cooking and be careful not to burn it. Remove and let cool.
  4. Place cooled kale in food processor along with lemon zest and grind into a fine powder. Add to prepared popcorn.
Calories: 131 Fat: 4 g Saturated fat: 0 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 22 g Sugar: 0 g Sodium: 176 mg Protein: 5 g

Healthy Popcorn Trail Mix | Simply Fresh Dinners This trail mix was so yummy!  Of course I had to do a taste test to make sure I’m bring you delicious recipes – ok – maybe a little more than a taste test.  Yes, I ate that whole bowl!  With each handful you get a different mix of flavours – the sweetness of the mango, the crunch of walnuts,  and the addition of coconut flakes really takes it over the top.  I added cinnamon on top as well but some of you may decide to skip that step. If you can find it, organic popcorn is best.  Did you know that a 3 cup serving of air-popped popcorn has a mere 93 calories and a whopping 3 grams of dietary fibre!   You can munch away guilt free while watching your favorite movies.  Cheers!

Healthy Popcorn Trail Mix
Author: Robyn
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Serves: 6
  • 5 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2/3 cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots or dried mango
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  1. Add popcorn to large bowl and pour coconut oil over top. Sprinkle cinnamon and salt over top and stir to coat. Add remaining ingredients to bowl and stir to mix.
Serving size: 2 cups Calories: 211 Fat: 14 g Saturated fat: 5 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 21 g Sugar: 12 g Sodium: 100 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 3 g

Lemony Kale Popcorn | simply fresh dinners


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    November 12, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    You have made popcorn fun and exciting to eat! I admit that I don’t eat it very often, but your additions look delicious! I’ll definitely have to try them sometime.

    Thanks for helping and encouraging us to eat better, sweet friend. Hugs to you!
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    November 12, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    We love popcorn. I have never had kale chips, so I don’t know how it tastes. You are one adventurous woman Robyn. I would love the second popcorn mixture. I hope your week is going well. Take care of yourself. Lots of hugs and love from W.W.
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    November 12, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Hi Robyn, I envy you with the cold weather, it’s still in the eighties here in AZ, love this popcorn, looks amazing!
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    GiGi Eats
    November 12, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    LEMON KALE POPCORN??? Omg this would NOT sell to my 15 year younger self, that’s for sure. I don’t even think I knew what kale was back then, LOL! However, if I could eat popcorn now… I’d be ALL over it!
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    Debbie Harris
    November 12, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I love pop corn! In fact, that was my lunch today. 🙂 I never thought of adding all those goodies, but why not?
    You amaze me with your healthy goodness.
    It has been snowing here all day, light and fluffy, just beautiful! I have been sitting by the fire most of the day doing sit down jobs. This week has been a little less crazy for me, so enjoying some free time to get some of my things accomplished.
    With the holidays just around the corner and the snow falling, my mind is busy with all that I plan to do to make it festive here in the home.

    I trust your week has been blessed?
    Love to you, Debbie

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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods
    November 12, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Wow, I love these popcorn flavor combinations. I was just thinking about how much time is being logging in front of the tv because of the cold. Healthy low-cal snacks are always welcomed. I want to make the kale one just to taste 😀 It looks delicious!
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    Anita Rivera
    November 13, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Good morning dearest Robyn!

    Now you are talking about my all-time favorite snack here, and I can eat several large bowls of popcorn! Both versions here sound amazing, especially with the kale. You’re right; this is the season to settle in and EAT and why not opt for something healthy. LOVELY idea! Happy Thursday, Anita

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    Gourmet Getaways
    November 13, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Yippee! Popcorn trail mix, how is that!! I feel like a giddy child drooling at those photos and licking my chops! I’d love dried mangoes in there 🙂

    Julie & Alesah
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    November 13, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Lovely combo in popcorn,lovely pictures

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    Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen
    November 13, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    This popcorn looks so yummy – what a great idea! I imagine the salty and crunchy texture of the kale tastes amazing contrasting the popcorn!! Pinned 🙂
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    Bam's Kitchen
    November 14, 2014 at 6:10 am

    I want to have a lazy day watching movies just so that I can try all of these fun popcorn ideas. I think they are both great combinations but loving that kale and lemon popcorn. I am sure I could polish off a bowl of this in no time. In Hong Kong, if you go the movie theater they usually have caramel popcorn or kettle corn. For some reason they seem to like it sweet vs salty. So I bet your healthy popcorn trail mix would be a hit in Asia. Just shared and your photos are awesome!!!
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    November 14, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Love both of these ideas! Not sure which to choose first. Maybe the second one. I love mango and it just sounds so good with popcorn and coconut. I’m getting hungry thinking about it! Love your recipes, Robyn. And your photos are always amazing. Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm. 🙂

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    Isadora @ she likes food
    November 15, 2014 at 12:01 am

    I’m so jealous of the sound of your fire and the snow! It is still pretty warm where I live and we never get snow! I still like to curl up on the coach and watch movies and eat popcorn though! I love all these ideas and will for sure being making some of them soon 🙂
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    November 15, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    These are amazing and unique ideas for popcorn! Can’t wait to try them out, i’m a total popcorn junky especially when watching tv 🙂
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    Evi @ greenevi
    November 16, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I love kale chips and this one with the lemon and popcorn just sounds amazing!!
    Especially if I imagine eating it in front of a fire….I wish I had a fire place too 🙂
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    November 16, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Yum! I never thought of kale and lemon together. It sounds delish! Thanks for linking up!

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    November 16, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    What a great idea. My husband loves popcorn and I finally got him making organic popcorn with coconut oil which he loves. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.
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    Sarah @ Sarah's Kitchen
    November 16, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    This looks so yummy 😀
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    November 17, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Hi Robyn, I love popcorn! I make it all the time. I use organic and pop it in extra virgin olive oil. I like to use a lot of olive oil, so that it coats the popcorn and mimics melted butter. I sprinkle Splenda and sea salt on top. I haven’t tried making kale chips yet, but I’m going to now and I’m going to make both of your popcorn recipes, can’t wait! Thanks for the inspiration. And I’ll be featuring them for sure. How was your trip to California?

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    Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy
    November 17, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I’ve had lemon popcorn before but I never would have thought of putting kale in my popcorn! Such a creative idea! It makes so much sense though since people are snacking on kale chips. It’s like chips and popcorn in one snack!
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    Miz Helen
    November 17, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I just love Popcorn Snacks, they are the best! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
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    Laura Irion // Avery Street Design
    November 19, 2014 at 2:26 am

    No way, these look amazing!!! I’m so glad you linked up to Found & Foraged- hope to see you back this Saturday! xo, Laura 🙂
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    Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector)
    November 19, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    This is so unique! I’d love to try it! Thanks for linking up with SNF! Pinned to our party board!
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    Carrie This Home
    November 20, 2014 at 7:30 am

    I don’t know if it’s the crunchiness or the flavor, but popcorn is one of my favorite snacks to eat in the evenings. It’s so fun to see different ways to fix it. I’m pinning this to our board! Thank you for sharing this at Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!
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    Thank you so much for linking up at Found & Foraged! PINNED! Hope to see you again this Saturday night at 8PM at
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