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 fiber. While certain types of popcorn, like movie theater 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 flavors you’re in the mood for: Want to nosh on something savory? 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.
7 Low-SmartPoints Value Popcorn Picks
These finds are all total pop stars:
Best Microwavable Popcorn: Jolly Time Healthy Pop, Butter
SmartPoints value for five cups poped: 3 (Green), 3 (Blue), 3 (Purple), $2 for 3-pack at Amazon.com
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), $6 at Amazon.com
This bagged popcorn is big on flavor 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 a 1-ounce bag: 3 (Green), 3 (Blue), 3 (Purple), $15 for 12-pack at Amazon.com
A strategic way to stay within your budget while snacking: Reach for these single-serving bags of popcorn, which are flavored 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), $17 for 28-pack at Amazon.com
The buttery taste of movie theater popcorn without leaving home? Yes, please!
Best Cheesy Popcorn: WW White Cheddar Popcorn
SmartPoints for a 0.67-ounce bag: 2 (Green), 2 (Blue), 2 (Purple), $8 for 6-pack at WW.com
Made with real white cheddar, this single-serving popcorn is a tasty way to scratch an itch for cheese.
Best Kettle Corn: Orville Redenbacher's SmartPop! Kettle Corn Popcorn
SmartPoints value for a 1.16-ounce bag popped: 3 (Green), 3 (Blue), 3 (Purple), $10 for 12-pack at Amazon.com
The slightly sweet, slightly salty flavor 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: 6 (Green), 6 (Blue), 0 (Purple), $10 at Amazon.com
Pro popcorn tip: Use an air popper device like the WW Silicone Microwave Popcorn Popper to turn a scoop of kernels into fresh popcorn in just minutes.
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