The best types of popcorn to eat on WW
Popcorn and a movie—it’s a classic combo. If you’re wondering whether you can continue to eat it while following the WW program, you’re in luck: Because popcorn can be surprisingly low in SmartPoints®, you’re welcome to dig in during your weight loss journey and rest assured that the snack won’t stand between you and your goal.
Part of what makes the crunchy kernels a great weight loss food is the fact that popcorn is a whole grain, so it’s naturally high in filling fibre. While certain types of popcorn, like movie theatre popcorn that’s heavy on the butter, can cost you more SmartPoints, sticking with air-popped varieties means that you won’t have to stick to a skimpy portion: A serving size of popcorn can be two (or more!) cups.
Another reason why popcorn is a superstar snack is the fact that it can hit the spot no matter what flavours you’re in the mood for: Want to nosh on something savoury? Sprinkle on parmesan cheese or Italian seasoning. Got a sweet tooth? Mix in a few chocolate chips or dried strawberry slices.
The bottom line: There are many delicious popcorn options that can fit into your budget. So choose a film or TV show, get comfy on the couch, and enjoy one of these weight loss-friendly popcorn picks.
6 Low-SmartPoints Value Popcorn Picks
These finds are all total pop stars:
Best Microwavable Popcorn: Orville Redenbacher Smart Pop, 94% fat free microwave mini bags
SmartPoints value for five cups popped: 3 (Green), 3 (Blue), 3 (Purple), $33.76 for 12 x 4-pack at Amazon.ca
Get that freshly popped taste in just a few minutes with this 94-percent fat-free microwave popcorn.
Best Bagged Popcorn: Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Popcorn in Sea Salt
SmartPoints value for four cups: 4 (Green), 4 (Blue), 4 (Purple), $3.94 at Walmart.ca
This bagged popcorn is big on flavour and low on SmartPoints, and with nine servings in each bag, there’s enough for the whole family.
Best Portion-Controlled Popcorn: Skinny Pop Popcorn
SmartPoints value for three and a half cups: 4 (Green), 4 (Blue), 4 (Purple), $2.67 12 at Walmart.ca
A strategic way to stay within your budget while snacking: Reach for these single-serving bags of popcorn, which are flavoured with just the right amount of salt.
Best Buttery Popcorn: Act II Butter Lovers Microwave Popcorn
SmartPoints value for 4 ½ cups popped: 4 (Green), 4 (Blue), 4 (Purple), $6.77 for 14 bags at Walmart.ca
The buttery taste of movie theatre popcorn without leaving home? Yes, please!
Best Kettle Corn: Orville Redenbacher's SmartPop! Kettle Corn Popcorn
SmartPoints value for 4 ½ cups popped: 3 (Green), 3 (Blue), 3 (Purple)
The slightly sweet, slightly salty flavour combo hits the spot when you’re in the mood for something sugary.
Best DIY Popcorn: Orville Redenbacher’s Original Gourmet Yellow Popcorn Kernels
SmartPoints value for 8½ cups popped: 4 (Green), 4 (Blue), 0 (Purple), $4.47 at Walmart.ca
WW popcorn tip: Making SmartPoint friendly popcorn at home has never been easier than with our Silicone Microwave Popcorn Popper and Dash Fresh Pop Popcorn Maker. If you're looking to add a little fun and flavour to plain popcorn then check out our popcorn seasonings. From Spicy Sriracha to Buttery Caramel Corn there is a seasoning to help satisfy every craving!